Clear aligners like Invisalign®
Clear aligners, including Invisalign, were developed in the late 1990s and are the most recent orthodontic appliance to have come on the orthodontic market.
How do Clear Aligners Work?
They work by digitally aligning the teeth using a computer model and making sequential clear aligners that slowly move your teeth into their final position. One important component of Invisalign are attachments. Attachments are made of tooth-colored material that the orthodontist applies to the surface of the teeth to create small protruding “bumps”. These bumps help the clear aligners better “grab” onto the tooth and move the tooth faster and more predictably.
If Invisalign or clear aligners is what you’re looking for, you will likely need to have attachments placed on your teeth. If lingual braces behind the teeth are a better option for you, you will not have attachments applied, since lingual braces rely on the braces and wire to move the teeth to their final position.
Which is more invisible — Lingual braces behind the teeth or clear aligners like Invisalign?
Both offer discreet treatment options. But, because lingual braces are installed behind the teeth, they are the most invisible option.
Clear aligners like Invisalign are a close second. Plastic aligners need to wrap all the way around the teeth and require bumps to be placed on the outside of the teeth to facilitate tooth movement. This inherently means that they are still visible to other people, despite being a discreet orthodontic appliance.
What you should know about Invisalign and Lingual braces
Both lingual braces behind the teeth and Invisalign offer unique advantages. There are many factors that may influence our orthodontists to recommend one over the other. What matters is choosing an orthodontic system based on its inherent strengths for any particular condition. In other words, we believe that choosing the “right tool for the right job” will minimize treatment time and maximize treatment results. Some factors which weigh on this decision include: