Types of Invisible Braces
The three main types of invisible braces are:
Ceramic or Clear Braces: These are made of composite materials that are weaker and more brittle than metal braces. Ceramic brackets are larger than metal brackets and require small rubber bands, or ligatures, or built in spring clips to hold them to the arch wire. They are prone to staining and cannot be removed until treatment is completed, and cause discomfort.
Inside Braces: These are attached to the back of the teeth so they are hidden from view. These non-removable braces are attached to the insides of the upper and sometimes lower teeth. However, speech, comfort, maintaining dental hygiene, and removing dental plaque may be challenging with these braces.
Clear Aligners: Braces like ClearCorrect are a series of clear, removable aligners custom-fit to your teeth to provide virtually irritation-free treatment with minimal adjustment discomfort. These are nearly invisible, and can be removed for eating, drinking and special events, thereby making it easier to maintain oral hygiene.
It is very important to discuss with a dentist the pros and cons of invisible braces. Cost, comfort, and suitability should all be considered before deciding if these braces are suited to your situation.