While traditional braces are known for being visible, there are similar options to reduce their visual impact.  Brackets and wires can be made out of clear or tooth-colored materials, and some can be placed unobtrusively.

Like traditional braces, invisible braces are attached to the teeth and cannot be removed.  They offer the same level of effectiveness with less of the unsightly appearance that can strike fear in the hearts of patients.

Options

Several options are available for invisible braces.

Incognito or lingual braces

Incognito braces are hidden at the back of the teeth rather than placed at the front.  These braces must be installed by highly trained specialists as their placement requires extreme care.  They are less common than other types of invisible braces. While they offer an unobtrusive appearance, they tend to irritate the tongue.

Ceramic invisible braces

Ceramic invisible braces are made from a blend of inorganic materials matching the color of the teeth.  This material is applied just like traditional braces with ceramic brackets.  These are durable and strong but more expensive than traditional braces.

Clear and tooth-colored braces

These are essentially the same as ceramic braces.  They are more pleasing to the eye than traditional braces. However, they limit food intake as they are easily stained.

 

Invisible braces offer a good option for people repelled by the appearance of braces, but they are more expensive than traditional braces because of the materials used.  Dental treatment with invisible braces usually requires a longer duration because of the weaker materials.

Regular checkups are necessary even for invisible braces.  Braces should be tightened gradually and cleaned regularly for effective treatment.