Patient on her dental checkupThe thought of fixed brackets and wires puts many people off the idea of having metal braces. No matter how urgently they might need teeth straightening treatment, or how straight teeth can improve their quality of life; they often cannot see to life beyond the metal brackets bonded to the surfaces of their teeth.

Luckily, dentistry has come a long way in recent years and patients can now smile while in treatment with invisible braces in Harley Street. These braces can either be fixed or removable. They are made of different materials, and are available in dental clinics in Harley Street, including Harley Street Dental Clinic.

There are generally three types of invisible braces in Harley Street: Invisalign, lingual braces and ceramic braces.

Invisalign

Invisalign has revolutionised teeth straightening, allowing patients to transform their smiles discreetly and comfortably. This innovative treatment uses a series of virtually invisible, custom-made aligners to gradually straighten the teeth without the need for metal wires or brackets. Invisalign aligners are created with the help of 3D technology, allowing the dentist to monitor the treatment from the beginning to the end. Since they are removable, they can be taken out for eating and teeth cleaning. However, patients need to wear them for 20-22 hours per day for effective treatment. Invisalign aligners are very comfortable to wear and do not harm the soft tissues inside the mouth.

Lingual braces

Similar to traditional metal braces, lingual braces work by applying gentle but constant pressure on the teeth to help them move gradually into their correct position. However, unlike metal braces, lingual braces are glued behind the surfaces of teeth. This way, they are entirely invisible. Moreover, lingual braces are customised to fit each tooth separately and for this reason, they tend to be a bit more costly than regular braces.

Porcelain braces

As their name suggests, porcelain braces consist of tooth-coloured brackets which are very popular with adult patients, as they provide a more discreet alternative to metal braces. While porcelain braces stand out less than traditional braces, many people do find that they are not as invisible as they would prefer.