So you have decided to do something about your teeth, but don’t want that train-track look? There are many clear or invisible braces options on the market now, but searching adult braces options can be confusing and exhausting. Here we break down the choices and show photos of each one to make it really – well – “clear”!
Firstly, whether you call them clear or invisible we are talking about three key treatment options:
- Ceramic braces – aka clear braces or invisible braces
- Invisalign – aka clear aligners, clear braces, invisible braces, invisible aligners
- Incognito – aka invisible braces, hidden braces, inside braces
Clear Braces vs Clear Aligners vs Invisible Braces
|Feature||Clear Braces (Ceramic)||Invisalign Clear Aligners||Incognito – Invisible Braces|
|Suitability||Suitable for everyone.||Most people now can be treated with Invisalign.||Suitable for a wide variety of treatments.|
|Length of Treatment||Generally, 18-24 months||Generally, 18-24 months||Generally, 18-24 months|
|Application||24 hours per day and are fixed to the teeth.||They are removable, and we recommend wearing them 22 hours a day.||24 hours per day and are fixed to the teeth.|
|Transparency||Ceramic is nearly the same colour as a tooth and blends in very well. The wire is still metal.||Transparent, and the most ‘invisible’ option we have.||Hidden on inside of teeth. The brackets are gold.|
|Brushing and Flossing||Difficult. Need to be thorough.||The aligners can be removed, so flossing and brushing is very easy.||Difficult. Need to be thorough.|
|Eating||Recommend avoiding hard, sticky and chewy foods. Food can get stuck.||No change to eating habits needed.||Recommend avoiding hard, sticky and chewy foods. Food can get stuck.|
|Adjustments (Dentist Trips)||Every 6-8 weeks with the average appointment lasting 15 minutes.||Every 8-10 weeks, with the average appointment lasting 5 minutes.||Every 6-8 weeks, with the average appointment lasting 45 minutes.|
|Damage||Ceramic brackets are fragile and occasionally fracture. The brackets can un-glue from the teeth. Wires pokes and wire breakages can occur.||Each plastic aligner is changed weekly, so damage is rarely seen.||The brackets can un-glue from the teeth, and wire pokes do occur.|
|Irritation||The brackets initially feel bulky, but settle quickly. Occasional wire pokes to cheeks.||Can take a few days to get used to wearing them.||Since they sit on the inside wire pokes to the tongue can occur.|
|Emergency appointments||Can occur, and usually relate to broken wires and brackets that come off.||Not very common, and when they occur the issue is easily resolved.||Can occur, and usually relate to broken wires and brackets that come off.|
|Cost||Economical. Payment plans available.||Can be comparable depending on treatment. Payment plans available.||Are the most expensive appliance available. Payment plans available.|
|Private Health Insurance||Rebates available depending on insurer.||Rebates available depending on insurer.||Rebates available depending on insurer.|
So, the short answer is that it depends on which of the features above are most important to you. Once you know which you would prefer, you will need to book an orthodontic assessment to discuss with the orthodontist which options are possible given your unique treatment plan.
All three of these options can discretely straighten your teeth and help achieve the perfect smile, and a treatment plan can be devised that suits your busy lifestyle.
The good news is that you can book a initial orthodontic assessment without even needing a referral from a dentist.
Let us help you figure out which option is the best for you to get that perfect smile. Simply send through a photo of your smile to discuss your options.