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Invisible orthodontics

Advancement and technological innovation have been present in various fields, especially those related to health issues. Thus, invisible orthodontics is one of the most used innovative alternatives today to correct various cosmetic dental problems . If you want to know more about what this interesting topic is about, keep reading.

What is invisible orthodontics?

As just mentioned, invisible orthodontics is characterized by being an innovative method that is a solution for people who want to carry out a dental treatment where the aesthetic aspect is affected in the least possible way.

Thus, after the implementation of aligners that are transparent to the naked eye, the correction of a dental problem can be carried out without this posing an aesthetic problem for the patient who has undergone the treatment. Being generated these aligners, through 3D technology that can be programmable with different software .

Leaving thus, completely aside the traditional orthodontic practice carried out through ‘metal braces’. In addition, one of the most interesting aspects of this very new topic is the particular way it works.

How does it work?

Invisible orthodontics, being a modern orthodontic mechanism, works through 3D technology as just mentioned. Counting like this, with transparent aligners made of plastic that thanks to their technology are able to simulate the denture in a virtual way. These can also be removable according to the type of orthodontics that is chosen .

Types of invisible orthodontics

There are two types of invisible orthodontics. The first type is that of ‘Invisalign’ orthodontics, while the second is that of ‘lingual’ orthodontics. Each of these mechanisms has its advantages and disadvantages respectively. One of these types of orthodontics being removable, while the other is not

Next, we will proceed to talk to you in more detail about both types of invisible orthodontics.


Invisalign orthodontics is the newest and most practical existing method in terms of invisible orthodontics. With Invisalign treatment, splints or aligners are custom made for the patient .

In addition, within these splints are the accessories necessary for dental correction to occur correctly, as if the ‘traditional brackets’ that we all know were being used.

How does Invisalign work?

The operating process of this type of orthodontics is as simple as fitting the invisible brackets and dislodging them when required . Even the same patient can make this change from home under the advice of the doctor, which undoubtedly can represent a great advantage in various aspects.

All the progress of the process carried out with this type of invisible orthodontics is done through software. It analyzes and shows the evolution of dental correction step by step through the days.

However, due to how delicate this whole process can be, this alternative requires a lot of care. Thus, the aligners or ‘splints’ should be replaced in a period of approximately every two weeks. Which also implies higher expenses compared to other types of much cheaper options .

Types of Invisalign orthodontics

Within Invisalign invisible orthodontics, there can be various types of systems to be implemented. Finding this way, the Invisalign ‘lite’ system, like the ‘teen’ and the ‘full’. Each of these fulfills specific functions and is adapted according to the severity of each case. Next, we will proceed to talk to you in greater detail about them.

Invisalign lite

This system is usually implemented when the cases are minor, or there are small damages to be treated. Being thus generally used to correct small dental deviations, or other minor problems related to the correction of the posture of the teeth.

When dealing with minor dental posture correction problems, the duration of this type of orthodontics is usually between 6 and 7 months approximately.

Invisalign teen

As its name indicates in English, the ‘invisalig teen’ system is especially aimed at teenagers who need to correct some dental position problems. Seeking thus, to improve the position of the affected permanent teeth, before the period of adulthood.

There is no established period of duration for the treatment carried out with Invisalign teen orthodontics. Depending on the prolongation of the treatment, according to each specific case. However, treatment generally does not last longer than 18 months.

Invisalign full

Lastly, the Invisalign full system targets the most serious dental correction problems to be corrected. Thus, this system is suitable for adjusting the proper position of the teeth in the most difficult or complicated cases to carry out.

In these cases, as with the ‘Invisalign teen’ system, the duration of treatment can vary considerably according to each case. Therefore, a specific period is not estimated in these cases. However, as mentioned before, in most cases prolonged treatments do not usually last longer than a year and a half .

Lingual orthodontics

On the other hand we have lingual orthodontics, which is characterized by being a little more similar to the type of traditional orthodontics that we are used to seeing. However, their difference can be highlighted by two main factors.

The first is that their garters are considerably thinner compared to the traditional ones . And the second aspect can be seen properly in the position where your braces are placed. These being positioned in an area of ​​the teeth that is hardly visible from the outside.

Types of lingual orthodontics

As with the type of orthodontics mentioned above, lingual orthodontics also offers various types of systems or alternatives that can be applied according to the case that arises . Thus fulfilling each of these alternatives with various functions. Of these, we will proceed to talk to you in greater detail below.

Standard brackets

It is the most economical alternative in terms of the types of lingual orthodontics . Standard braces are characterized by offering practically the same advantages as other types of lingual orthodontics, although at a much more accessible price.

To use this type of standard bracket, what the orthodontist must do is basically adhere them to the posterior area of ​​the denture. It should be noted that this alternative, being standardized, is feasible to treat minor problems in the correction of the teeth.

However, in case of presenting a serious or more complex problem, it is recommended to opt for a type of personalized lingual orthodontics to successfully treat the problem presented in a specific way.

Self-ligating braces

Second, we find the self-ligating bracket system. These are mainly characterized by providing a fully automatic adjustment in the braces garters . This represents a great advantage unlike conventional orthodontic methods, where the garters must be adjusted from time to time by the orthodontist.

Combined methods

Finally, we find the combined methods. These turn out to be a fairly practical alternative for people who only want to place lingual braces on teeth located at the upper level of the mouth for aesthetic reasons.

Given this, these lingual brackets are usually placed on the main teeth. On the other hand, in the rest of the lower teeth, a treatment with traditional braces is usually used. Thus representing this option, a treatment with a much lower cost compared to what it would imply to carry out it with lingual brackets on the entire denture.

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How does it work?

This invisible orthodontic alternative works quite similar to the traditional one. Basically, what lingual orthodontics does is correct the postures through their respective braces and garters. The characteristic of this type of orthodontics is that it is placed on the back of the teeth, making it invisible if viewed from the outside .

In addition, this type of treatment is also characterized by its versatility, being able to be applied partially or completely to the teeth. Also allowing the option of combining with other types of alternatives in orthodontics to reduce costs, as mentioned above.

In addition, in the case of lingual orthodontics, it can be prepared in two ways, through standard or personalized measures. However, the most usual thing is that this alternative is designed in a personalized way. In this way, the evolution of the patient can be better followed through the 3D technology offered by invisible orthodontics.

It should be noted that the placement of lingual orthodontics involves a period of ‘adaptation’ that has a duration of approximately 20 days . Let us remember that this type of invisible orthodontics is not removable, functioning in a way that is quite similar to traditional orthodontic processes.

However, a big plus is that lingual orthodontics does not usually cause the common types of damage to the teeth that are usually present when traditional orthodontic processes are used.

Advantages and disadvantages of invisible orthodontics

As has been seen, invisible orthodontics is an interesting alternative to traditional methods to correct teeth . Next, we will proceed to mention some of the advantages that can be found in invisible orthodontic methods, such as Invisalign and lingual orthodontics.

Advantages of Invisalign orthodontics

  • It is characterized by being an almost invisible orthodontic system, being transparent it is very little noticeable.
  • It does not use braces or garters, unlike conventional orthodontic methods.
  • It is removable, which has many advantages (especially for eating).
  • It allows patients to carry out the fitting process of this type of orthodontics from their homes.
  • Being removable, it can be cleaned. This considerably improves the hygienic factors.
  • It has a personalized design, according to the individual case of each patient.
  • Its 3D technology provides precise information on the evolution in the correction of the teeth.
  • It reduces the risk of dental diseases that can be suffered with other orthodontic treatments (such as cavities).
  • It is totally safe, and is also painless.
  • It implies shorter treatment periods, with the same effectiveness of results.

Disadvantages of Invisalign orthodontics

  • Continuous handling can lead to increased wear on your splints , exposing them to more frequent damage.
  • The cost of this type of orthodontics is usually considerably high compared to other alternatives.
  • It is not totally invisible. Being transparent, it can be slightly noticeable when used.
  • It can be uncomfortable to constantly insert and remove this orthodontic system. Representing this in some cases, a problem to carry out the treatment properly.
  • It requires more care compared to other orthodontic systems.
  • There are some cases where this type of orthodontics cannot be applied, thus opting for traditional methods.

Advantages of lingual orthodontics

  • It represents a great aesthetic advantage as it is totally invisible, since it is located in the posterior area of ​​the teeth.
  • It does not influence to speak after the adaptation period, unlike the types of traditional orthodontics that do present this inconvenience.
  • It is a fairly comfortable and safe process.
  • It adapts to any type of dental posture correction treatment.
  • It does not contribute to decalcification.
  • It can be individually adapted for the treatment of each patient.
  • Its technological development allows to know more precisely the evolution of dental treatment.

Disadvantages of lingual orthodontics

  • It is not removable.
  • Treatment usually lasts longer than other types of alternatives.
  • An adaptation period of approximately 20 days is required, during which the patient may experience some discomfort.
  • Its cost is usually considerably high compared to conventional orthodontic methods.
  • It requires more care in hygiene than traditional orthodontic methods.
  • It requires constant reviews to verify that the brackets are properly grounded. This implies more frequent and prolonged visits to the orthodontist.
  • Due to its position at the back of the teeth, it is likely to cause friction with the tongue, or other discomforts.
  • During the 20 days of adaptation, it may represent slight difficulties in the pronunciation of some sounds.

What type of invisible orthodontics is better?

As we have seen, each type of invisible orthodontics has its pros and cons respectively . Bearing this in mind, it is worth taking into account the following factors in order to choose the best type of invisible orthodontics in the most appropriate way:

  • The budget available to cover the treatment.
  • The importance of the aesthetic impact of orthodontics.
  • If you want to acquire a type of removable or fixed orthodontics.
  • The severity of the dental problem to be treated.
  • The rigorous hygiene habits.
  • The duration of the treatment with each of the existing alternatives.

It is important to seriously consider these aspects just mentioned. That way, you will know with greater certainty if it is better for you to opt for an invisible type of Invisalign or lingual orthodontics.

Likewise, in the case of looking for an alternative in orthodontics where this process is not noticed at all and can correct even the most difficult problems, it is recommended to opt for some type of lingual orthodontics .

On the other hand, if you are looking for a much more practical and painless alternative that offers results in much less time, the ideal would be to opt for some type of Invisalign orthodontics . Of course, as long as you have the necessary budget for it. Let’s not forget that this type of orthodontics is also characterized by being the highest cost.

Invisible orthodontics prices

As mentioned before, invisible orthodontics has a fairly varied price range. Being able to increase or decrease these according to the type of service that is contracted, as well as the type of orthodontics for which you decide to opt. What you should know is that the price of this innovative method is usually higher than that of conventional orthodontics.

Thus, finding a price range in invisible orthodontics that can range from 2,500 to 8,000 euros according to the type of invisible orthodontics, as well as the treatment . However, there are companies that offer terms to be able to cover these payments in installments that are much more comfortable, thus paying a specific sum on a monthly basis.

An innovative alternative that provides greater comfort to dental treatment

As we have observed, invisible orthodontics stands out compared to other types of orthodontic systems , both for its comfort, as well as the large number of aesthetic and technological advantages it offers. Thus, one of the best options available today, in terms of treatments to correct dental position.

So, in case you have the necessary budget to opt for this orthodontic system, do not hesitate to choose it. This is a comfortable, innovative and effective method, for which it is undoubtedly worth paying every euro .

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Hello Readers, I am Nikki Bella a Psychology student. I have always been concerned about human behavior and the mental processes that lead us to act and think the way we do. My collaboration as an editor in the psychology area of ​​Well Being Pole has allowed me to investigate further and expand my knowledge in the field of mental health; I have also acquired great knowledge about physical health and well-being, two fundamental bases that are directly related and are part of all mental health.

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