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Invisible braces

What are clear or near-invisible braces?

Clear or near-invisible braces are tough, clear plastic aligners (moulds) or clear ceramic brackets that attach to your teeth that can, over time, straighten your smile. Since they’re clear, they’re nearly invisible, which means that people won’t necessarily know you’re straightening your teeth.

The benefits of clear or near-invisible braces

Clear or near-invisible braces allow you to discreetly transform your smile. Many people want to have their teeth straightened but are worried about the look of traditional metal braces, especially as adults. The clear brackets or aligners used are barely noticeable.

What are the different types of invisible braces?

There are many different types of braces. Clear ceramic braces are fixed and stay in all the time, whereas removable aligners, are thin, clear, flexible plastic mouthguards that you can be removed.

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Common types of near invisible braces you might have heard of include Invisalign or lingual braces.

  • Invisalign treatment uses a series of virtually invisible, custom-made aligners that gradually straighten your teeth without using any metal wires or brackets.
  • Lingual braces are a type of fixed brace, so they’re attached to your teeth using brackets, but sit on the inside surface of your teeth rather than being attached to the front like a traditional brace. This means they’re virtually invisible from the outside. The brackets are connected by a wire and attached to the inside of your teeth.

Find and speak to your local Bupa Dental Care orthodontist to discuss different brace options.


How do almost invisible braces work?

Discreet braces guide your teeth into their new position.

With clear aligners like Invisalign, your dentist will provide you with several sets of specially moulded, slightly different aligners. You’ll need to wear each set for about two weeks before you go on to wear the next set. The aligners gradually shift your teeth using thermoplastic material. To get the best result, you should wear the aligners for 22 to 23 hours a day, but you can remove them to eat, drink, brush your teeth, and when you floss.

Fixed braces have brackets and bands, which are temporarily stuck to your teeth. A flexible wire joins all the brackets and allows your teeth to be moved. These can accurately guide your teeth into the new position.

How long do invisible braces take to straighten teeth?

It really depends on how much work there is to do and how far your teeth need to be moved.

The average Invisalign treatment takes around a year to 18 months, whereas lingual braces can take anything from a few months to two years, but you’ll start to see a noticeable improvement after a few months.

Your dentist will give you advice about how long your treatment will take and how your teeth should look once you finish your treatment.

How much do invisible braces cost?

The cost of private, discreet orthodontic treatment can range from around £2,000 to £6,000, depending on the complexity of the treatment and the type of near-invisible braces you have, finance options might be available to help you spread the cost. To get an accurate quote, go for a consultation with a Bupa Dental Care dentist who’s trained to provide clear braces. Find your local practice below.

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