Invisible Braces And Types

“How can you force yourself to go to a dentist – orthodontist to correct a bite with the help of a bracket system !? After all, they are visible to everyone around! I will experience great discomfort! “. They will be helped by invisible, hidden braces installed in our clinic. 

What are invisible braces and how do they differ from conventional bracket systems ? Their name speaks for itself – they are imperceptible to others, thereby not violating the usual way of life. Let’s talk in more detail about these constructions. 

Invisible braces are used to correct the position of the teeth, in case of malocclusion in general. The invisible bracket-system consists of a metal arch made of a nickel-titanium alloy and elements that are fixed on the teeth. These elements can be ceramic, sapphire. They are fixed to the tooth with a special glue. 

The process of preparing teeth for the installation of an invisible bracket system consists of the treatment of all teeth, professional oral hygiene, during which the doctor will remove soft dental plaque and tartar . 

Then the orthodontist takes impressions from the jaws and sends them to the laboratory. Then, using the finished models, he calculates the direction in which the teeth will be moved. The whole process takes 2 to 3 days. What is the advantage of our clinic.

Types of invisible braces

Several types of invisible braces are used to correct the occlusion. These are ceramic braces, the fixing elements of which are similar in color to the enamel of the teeth. They have both a number of advantages – this is relative invisibility, strength, and a number of disadvantages. The patient should carefully follow all the recommendations of the orthodontist. This type of braces – systems can easily chip off, requires a certain diet, excluding all coloring products. Also, patients who have a bad habit – smoking, should give it up, since cigarette smoke can stain ceramic elements.  

Sapphire braces are the most expensive type of non-removable hardware orthodontic treatment. Artificially grown fixing sapphire elements are invisible on the teeth and have the ability to sparkle when exposed to light. 

There are also lingual braces that are fixed on the inner surface of the teeth. Their fixing elements have a flat shape and a special fastening that allows you to achieve better adhesion to the tooth tissues. This is the most comfortable type of bracket system in terms of aesthetics, the treatment is invisible to others. But there are a number of disadvantages, this is a long period of adaptation and speech impairment.


One of the most popular relatively invisible braces – systems are ceramic braces. Relatively invisible because the retaining elements on the teeth are made of ceramic – an opaque material, but the color is matched to the color of natural teeth, which makes them invisible to others. And the arc remains metallic. 

Ceramic braces have a number of advantages, such as: they do not change color during long-term wear if you follow an appropriate diet that excludes coloring products. There is practically no period of pain adaptation to them, they do not interfere with eating and communicating with other people. 

Disadvantages of ceramic braces: they cannot be reused when they are released. They can easily chip off if the orthodontist’s recommendations are not followed, which will require replacing them with new ones. 

In care, ceramic braces do not differ from metal ones; special orthodontic brushes, brushes, pastes are also used.


Sapphire designs will probably be of interest to more women and girls who are worried about their appearance during long-term orthodontic treatment, since they are made of transparent materials, and the metal arch has been replaced by a transparent ceramic arch. This makes them completely invisible. And when the sun hits them, they have an unusually beautiful shine. 

Sapphire braces are made from cultured sapphire. They are completely hypoallergenic, which makes it possible to use them in patients with a history of ging. 

Sapphire braces are expensive, which is their main disadvantage. Also, treatment with these systems has a fairly long period. According to their characteristics, sapphire braces have increased fragility, which makes patients take good care of this orthodontic appliance. 

In case of serious malocclusion, metal braces are preferred . 

The main manufacturers of sapphire braces are Damon Clear, Miso, Radiance, Pure.


There is another type of invisible braces – lingual braces. Their peculiarity lies in the fact that they are fixed to the inner side of the teeth and are the most difficult structure for fixation, but our orthodontists successfully cope with this task. 

The fixing element has a flat shape, a special attachment to the tooth, which allows you to achieve the greatest adhesion. 

Lingual braces are completely invisible to others, which allows the patient to feel comfortable. 

Along with this, lingual braces have a number of disadvantages. The patient goes through a long period of adaptation, his speech is impaired. 

Treatment with lingual braces – systems allows you to constantly monitor the movement of teeth, since there are no external structures on the tooth and nothing interferes with observing the process of teeth movement. 

Lingual braces practically do not cause gum inflammation.

In some clinical situations, the duration of treatment can be reduced by 5-6 months compared to metal braces.

The cost of invisible braces

The cost of invisible braces consists mainly of the cost of fixing elements. So sapphire braces have the highest cost at the moment. This is due to their expensive production. 

Ceramic braces in our clinic cost from 70 thousand rubles per jaw. 

Lingual braces are also ordered individually, which affects their price. A high-level orthodontist works in our clinic. The qualifications allow her to install lingual braces with excellent results.

Lingual braces – systems are much more expensive. Invisible braces are made to order. Which is a small drawback, since modern systems are made in Europe, America, etc., the patient will have to wait until his individual braces are made and delivered. 

In some cases, we consider treatment for promotions, we provide discounts. All these issues are resolved on an individual basis. 

Remember that invisible braces are only used on permanent teeth. In a milk bite, standard metal braces are used.

Invisible Braces For Both Jaws

There are many modern methods of orthodontic treatment, but the maximum effect is also achieved with the help of braces. The design is fixed to the entire dentition. It can only be fixed at the top or bottom. However, dentists say that it is correct to install braces on both jaws, since wearing only one design after the completion of the correction can provoke violations of the opposite dentition.

Why pairing braces is important

paired bracesMostly malocclusion is characterized by defects in only one dentition or jaw, but dentists still recommend correction with two bracket systems. this is due to the physiological processes of the body.

Installation of an orthodontic structure on one jaw leads to a gradual displacement of the teeth relative to only this dentition. After removing the braces, there may be a problem with the non-closing of the two jaws relative to each other, since the correction did not take into account the features of the opposite dentition.

To avoid such consequences, orthodontists initially recommend placing braces on both jaws at once. Thus, malocclusion will be corrected immediately for the individual anatomical features of the patient’s teeth and jaw.

When you need to place braces on two jaws

Treatment with braces is prescribed after preliminary diagnostics, which confirms bite defects. Dentists recommend correcting the bite during adolescence, when the bone tissue is not yet sufficiently strong and amenable to correction. In addition, signs of malocclusion appear after the change of milk teeth to all permanent ones.

Paired braces should be placed when teeth defects are detected on one or both jaws:

  • displacement of the tooth relative to the entire row;
  • unnatural position of the tooth;
  • gaps between two front ones or between all units;
  • incorrect position of the jaws to each other;
  • asymmetry or defects in the profile of the face;
  • upcoming implantation;
  • diseases of the jaw joint;
  • consequences of jaw injury.

If braces are installed, the price of a construction for 2 jaws will be significantly higher than for one system. But it should be borne in mind that if after removing some of the braces there are deviations in the ratio of the two jaws, then fixation of the systems on both dental rows will still be required. In this case, money and time will be spent on re-full treatment.

When is it better to give up braces

For many decades, braces have remained the best orthodontic constructions that can cope with even complex bite defects. But the installation of braces is not always permissible. There are contraindications to this method of correction, which refer not only to dental, but also to other concomitant pathologies.

It is contraindicated to put braces on 2 jaws in the following cases:paired braces

  • overly narrow jaw;
  • bone diseases;
  • endocrinological diseases;
  • mental illness;
  • infectious processes in the oral cavity and a number of systemic infections;
  • immunodeficiency;
  • any oncological diseases.
  • The orthodontist does not start bite treatment if the patient has dental diseases. If the pathologies are temporary and treatable, then the oral cavity must be sanitized beforehand. Also, for the purpose of prophylaxis, professional teeth cleaning is performed in advance, which allows to prevent the development of caries during the bite treatment period.

What braces are

Any model of construction can be installed on both jaws of the patient. They are distinguished by the material of manufacture, the place of fixation and the presence / absence of ligatures. The appropriate model of braces is determined not only at the request of the patient and the cost of the orthodontic product, but also according to the indications.

Modern models of braces are distinguished by maximum aesthetic performance. Vestibular structures, which are fixed on the front side of the teeth, can be made of different materials, including translucent ones, so they are practically invisible even with a smile. Lingual systems installed on the teeth from the side of the tongue are especially popular. They are not at all visible to other people and the interlocutor.

For patients who care about the aesthetics of a smile and comfortable correction, orthodontists recommend installing ligature-free structures that do not have fixing locks, making the system safe, comfortable and even more invisible. Ligature designs have a lower cost, so they also remain popular.

The main difference between braces is the material. In case of minor defects, installation of products of medium strength is permissible, but complex defects can be eliminated only with classic metal braces.

Braces are made from materials:artificial sapphire

  • ceramics;
  • artificial sapphire;
  • plastic;
  • metal;
  • metal alloy (gold plated steel).

The cost of orthodontic corrective structures can vary greatly depending on the manufacturing material. In addition, for example, plastic, sapphire and ceramic systems cannot withstand heavy loads. But such braces do not spoil the smile. For these reasons, dentists recommend using a composite structure, when transparent or translucent systems are installed on the smile zone, and correctors made of metal or its alloy are fixed on the back teeth.

The result of correction and the duration of treatment is influenced by several factors, including the quality of the installation. Braces for both jaws do not require any special manipulations. The procedure follows the standard scheme. The only difference is the adjustment of the adjustment of the force of the pressure of the arch of the braces on the teeth, since mainly only one jaw has defects.

Installation of braces on two jaws is an effective method for eliminating malocclusion. To restore the anatomically correct position of the jaws and teeth, an integrated approach is required, which is provided by paired orthodontic systems.

Invisible Braces For A Child

One of the main difficulties associated with installing a bracket system for a child is its possible unaestheticness. This is especially true for adolescents who are painfully experiencing any flaws in their appearance, and children who may be ridiculed by their peers. To make children feel more confident, experts have developed various options for inconspicuous systems that can correct the bite without attracting undue attention to the teeth.

Types of invisible braces

Dentists use various models of orthodontic structures.

  • White braces. The white system does not stand out so much on the teeth and is almost invisible.
  • Sapphire and ceramic designs. They do not attract much attention due to their small size, as well as the color of the material, which practically merges with the surface of the tooth.
  • Plastic systems. They can also be tooth-colored or even transparent. Their cost is much lower than that of sapphire or ceramic. These braces are designed for a short wearing period and are not suitable in all cases.
  • Lingual braces. With a lingual installation, the system is not attached to the outer, but to the inner surface of the teeth, therefore it is completely invisible from the outside. However, this type of braces is not recommended for children under 13 years of age.

Invisible braces can allow your child to smile calmly without being embarrassed by the look of their teeth. This will not affect the duration of treatment (except, perhaps, lingual braces, which have their own characteristics), and will add mental comfort to the young patient.


The installation process depends on the type of invisible braces. If classic (white painted), sapphire or ceramic designs are chosen, the procedure is usually carried out in a standard way and lasts about an hour. With the help of glue, plates are attached to the outer part of the dentition, which are connected by an arc. In the case of lingual braces, installation will be more difficult. The system will have to be fixed on the inside of the tooth, where it is not so easy to reach with dental instruments. In this regard, the installation can take longer than in other cases, and up to two hours in duration.

Treatment process

Wearing braces. It all depends on the age of the child (in young children, teeth can move faster) and on the degree of curvature of the teeth. The type of braces also affects (for example, lingual braces will have to be worn longer than other designs). Make sure that for a few days after installing them, the child is on a diet and ate mostly liquid and soft foods. During wearing, you should regularly visit your dentist to monitor the process and, if necessary, make changes to the system.

Retention period. After the long-awaited removal of the braces, a retainer (structure for maintaining the bite) of a removable or non-removable type is installed on the teeth. The latter option, as a rule, is attached to the inside of the dentition and is invisible from the outside. Removable is usually transparent and almost invisible to others. The choice of a retainer for a particular patient is made by the doctor. The retention period usually lasts longer than the period of wearing the braces. But do not neglect it in order to maintain the achieved effect as long as possible.

Indications and contraindications

Indications for wearing braces are curvature of teeth of varying severity: incorrect position or rotation of one or more of them, problems with bite, impacted teeth or located outside the arch, tremata, diastemas, etc. consequences for the child:

  • rapid abrasion of teeth;
  • problems with the gastrointestinal tract due to poor-quality chewing of food;
  • an increased risk of dental disease;
  • improper bite, including leading to a displacement of the jaw.
  • The need to install a bracket system is determined by the doctor. He also collects anamnesis and reveals whether the patient has the following contraindications:
  • diseases of the cardiovascular and skeletal systems;
  • tuberculosis;
  • diabetes;
  • blood diseases;
  • mental disorders;
  • a state of acute immunodeficiency;
  • inflammatory process inside the oral cavity, etc.
  • Before installing braces, you should treat all teeth that are affected by caries, as well as undergo professional cleaning. This will avoid problems when wearing braces. Tartar-free teeth are less likely to develop caries and are easier to install. In the case of invisible lingual braces, a contraindication is also the age of the patient up to 13 years.

Clinic “Martinka” offer

  • Children’s Dental Clinic “Martinka” offers high-quality treatment of curvature of teeth using braces, including the use of invisible braces of various types. Our advantages include:
  • favorable prices, thanks to which you can save on treatment and not lose in quality;
  • experienced doctors who know how to work with children so that they are not nervous and are not afraid of the procedures;
  • a cozy atmosphere specially created for children: they can play with soft toys, watch cartoons or admire the fish in the aquarium. We try to make your stay in our clinic as convenient and pleasant as possible.
  • We have been providing dental services for 15 years and during this time we have gained a lot of experience in working with children and adolescents. Martinka’s specialists are highly qualified and ready to help with the selection and installation of braces. Contact us! To make an appointment with your child, just call the clinic or fill out the registration form located on the website.

Invisible Braces

For patients who are embarrassed to wear metal orthodontic structures, dentists offer an alternative – invisible braces. Are they really invisible on the teeth?

Ceramic and sapphire braces

In terms of structure and principle of operation, these braces are no different from metal ones. The only difference is in the material. Ceramic constructions are made from matte or translucent ceramics, sapphire – from artificially grown crystals. The shade of the locks is selected individually for each patient to match the native color of the enamel.

Invisible braces are placed on the outside of the teeth, and the patient visits the orthodontist every two weeks to correct the system. Ceramic and sapphire structures require more careful maintenance than metal ones, as they are made of a fragile material. For the duration of wearing, you will have to give up solid foods and drinks containing dye. Despite the fact that the surface of such braces is smooth, pigments can still linger on it. And when the shade of the design changes, the meaning of installing invisible braces is lost.

Ceramic and sapphire systems really do not attract attention as they match the color of the patient’s enamel. But up close, the design is still noticeable, so it’s difficult to talk about the “invisibility” of these braces.

Lingual braces

Translated from Latin, lingua means “language”. Lingual braces are installed on the inside of the teeth, so this option is closer to the title of “invisible braces”. However, this advantage entails many disadvantages.

  • It is difficult to care for the structures – it is difficult to reach with a brush to hard-to-reach places and check the quality of cleaning.
  • When pronouncing most of the sounds, a person rests his tongue against the upper or lower teeth – after the installation of lingual braces, diction is broken, and scratches remain on the tongue.
  • Not every doctor can put invisible braces and regularly adjust the system – the position of the structure makes it difficult to access it.
  • Among all types of braces, the cost of lingual braces is the highest – they are made of hypoallergenic alloys, most often with the addition of gold.
  • The pressure on the inside of the teeth is less – the wearing period of the system increases.
  • Lingual braces do have one important advantage – invisibility. But at the same time, they create a lot of inconvenience to the patient. Therefore, you should think carefully before sacrificing comfort for an invisible system for a long time.

What to choose?

Invisible dental braces are a pretty name rather than a reality. Ceramic and sapphire systems, despite their color, are still visible from arm’s length, and lingual constructions are too inconvenient. At the same time, do not forget about the disadvantage common to all braces – thorough care. Without regular cleaning with brushes and brushes and rinsing the mouth after eating, plaque will begin to accumulate on the locks, which can provoke the development of tooth decay.

For patients who do not want to find a compromise between invisible design and comfort during treatment, we offer an alternative to invisible braces – silicone mouth guards. Aligners cope with any bite pathologies along with braces. At the same time, they are absolutely not felt on the teeth, do not affect diction and do not scratch the mucous membrane. To care for the trays, it is enough to rinse your mouth after meals and clean the constructions with a regular brush in the morning and before going to bed.