Braces date back centuries, but if you still think that they are bulky, heavy metal tracks which are fixed to your teeth for years on end, you’ll be surprised to learn that there are some fantastic braces on offer now, from removable appliances to braces that are attached to the back of your teeth so that you can smile without anyone knowing that you’re even having treatment.
Modern braces are innovative and use cutting-edge technology to minimise discomfort and accelerate the rate of tooth movement.
If you’re thinking about getting braces, here are the top 5 cosmetic braces available at the moment in the UK:
1. Lingual braces
Lingual braces are fixed braces that offer patients the best of both worlds, as they move the teeth effectively and quickly without anyone seeing them. In addition, lingual braces are fixed to the back of the teeth, making them completely invisible when you smile.
They can be applied to the top and bottom teeth; different systems are available at lingual braces clinics, including Incognito and STb Social 6. Incognito is suitable for most patients, while STb Social 6 is aimed at patients with minor problems affecting the teeth at the front of the mouth.
In the UK, lingual braces are priced from £2000 to £3000.
Invisalign is an invisible aligner system which uses removable aligners rather than fixed braces to move the teeth.
This treatment works in a set order, with each aligner worn for 2 weeks before being replaced with the next aligner in the series. Invisalign is popular for teenagers and adults who want to maintain their image during treatment. Many dentists in London, like Maida Smiles, offer patients Invisalign treatments. One of the advantages Invisalign offers patients is that you can see how your teeth will straighten over time and the end results on a computer with the dentist!
Simpli5 is similar to Invisalign but designed for patients with minor orthodontic problems.
Simpli5 uses a series of five custom-made aligners to straighten the teeth, with an average treatment time of 10-20 weeks. Like Invisalign, Simpli5 uses transparent aligners, virtually invisible to others.
Simpli5 treatment costs start at around £1500, depending on your oral situation.
CFast is a discreet fixed brace system designed for patients with minor issues affecting the front teeth, known as the ‘social 6’. CFast braces are made from clear brackets and light, discreet wires.
Costs start at £2800 for both arches.
How does it work?
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5. Smile Direct
Smile Direct is another invisible aligner system that delivers impressive results without compromising the smile’s look during treatment. Smile direct aligners are comfortable, discreet and removable and ideal for patients with minor or moderate orthodontic issues. They have since ceased trading.
Treatment is between 4 and 6 months on average, between £1600 and £1800.
Orthodontic braces have come a long way in a relatively short time, and new treatments are always available.