Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on October 5, 2020
We offer 2 types of invisible brace: Invisalign, which uses clear removable aligners which are virtually invisible, and lingual braces, which are not visible at all when you talk or smile, as they’re fitted to the inner sides of your teeth. An orthodontic assessment with Dr Chaw-Su Kyi will confirm which straightening treatment would be best suited to you and your goals, or even whether a combination of more than one system could be the optimal choice in your case.
Yes, Dr Chaw-Su Kyi has treated countless patients with invisible braces, whether Invisalign or lingual braces. Like traditional braces, both systems use custom-made braces to apply gentle pressure to reposition teeth. Your initial assessment would include a discussion about which braces would work for you, including any pros and cons.
The aligners are transparent, so very discreet, and almost invisible as they are custom-made to fit closely over your teeth. Any additional attachments – to further aid straightening in more complex cases – can often be placed on the inside surfaces of the upper teeth, meaning they will not be visible when you smile or speak.
Absolutely, because the aligners are practically invisible and because they’re removable there are no restrictions on what you can eat or drink plus you can brush and floss your teeth as normal. But it’s only truly worth it as long as you wear them as directed each and every day, only taking them out to eat or drink or to clean your teeth.
As with normal braces, the main risk to enamel of lingual braces is not down to the braces themselves but to poor oral hygiene, notably not being sure to clean between teeth and in and around the wires and brackets, meaning food debris and plaque can build up and acid-producing bacteria can then attack the enamel. Enamel can also be attacked by acidic and sugary food and drinks, including wine and fizzy drinks.
West London Orthodontics offers the most advanced orthodontic care for children and adults. Serving patients in Hammersmith, Shepherd's Bush, and Chiswick, Dr Kyi and her team specialise in various brace options, including Invisalign. Book a consultation today.