If what’s holding you back from having your teeth straightened is that you don’t want traditional metal braces or braces fixed to your teeth that people can see, the great news is that those are no longer your only choices. There are 2 new options: 1) Virtually invisible braces, like Invisalign, which use transparent aligners; 2) Braces that are completely invisible, which fix to the back of your teeth.
Here at Evolve we offer 2 different straightening systems for patients wishing to straighten their teeth discreetly. First, there’s Invisalign, a system which uses virtually invisible removable aligners which look like transparent gum shields to reposition teeth. Then there are 2 different lingual brace systems – MTM No Trace, Incognito – which are completely invisible because they’re fitted behind your teeth, so no-one can see them at all.
Lingual braces work just like traditional fixed braces, applying constant gentle pressure to close gaps or fix crowded or twisted teeth. But the big difference is that the wires and brackets are fitted to the back of the teeth rather than to the front. So, nobody will be any the wiser, as they are truly invisible braces.
For those looking for discreet braces, Invisalign offers some key benefits: 1) No fixed wires or brackets; 2) Virtually invisible braces custom-made to fit snugly over your teeth, so most people won’t realise you’re straightening your teeth and you can socialise, smile and talk as normal; 3) Removable clear aligners which you can take out not only for teeth cleaning but for special occasions, as long as it’s only for a couple of hours.
Invisible braces can take less time that you might imagine, with many treatments completing in around 6 months. Invisalign can take as little as 3 months, although typically takes up to 12-18 months. Treatment times for lingual braces range from 4 to 9 months for MTM No Trace or from 6 to 24 months for Incognito. As always, a lot comes down to case complexity.
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