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Are hidden braces truly invisible?
Lingual braces (also known as Incognito or Lingual Suresmile) cannot be seen when a person smiles, because the braces are behind their teeth, they actually have to open their mouth quite wide to show people they are wearing braces.
"Cleft palate is a specialised branch of Orthodontics. The Orthodontist normally works in a team consisting of a speech pathologist, ENT surgeon and plastic surgeon. World wide, there are 2 schools of thought on Cleft Palate repair, early or late.
We recently posted a blog on the cost of braces, and we thought that we would continue on
the topic by providing more detail. Let’s face it, we all get annoyed when we buy a new TV
or washing machine, only to find out later that the sales person gave our friend a better deal than they gave us! At Embrace Orthodontics, we want to be up front. We don’t want to hide the cost of braces from you and make you come in for an appointment to find out. We want your consultation to concentrate on listening to you and giving you the best treatment option for an amazing smile. By being upfront with braces costs, we know that you will come in to see us when you are ready to start. So let’s get something straight – the cost of braces!
Before and after braces photos of patients are like seeing the quality of work that your orthodontist does and that they will be able to give you the results you want. Sometimes practitioners will show you before and after photos of braces patients that they didn’t actually treat (because photos are available from the companies that sell the components that go into making braces). This is particularly true for lingual braces (behind teeth braces). Lingual braces are a speciality, they are a technically demanding form of orthodontic treatment. Lingual braces cost more than traditional braces, so you want to make sure that your orthodontist has actually successfully finished cases themself.
As adults looking back at those school days we can all remember people thinking braces were a mouth full of metal. Technology has changed, there are more adult orthodontic options than ever before. The conventional braces have brackets that are smaller and tooth coloured, so there are almost invisible on first glance. Conventional braces are attached to the front of your teeth and are usually the most affordable option. They can treat simple to complex cases.
Generally the most affordable braces option is braces fixed on the front of the teeth. And that’s good news as they give the Orthodontist great control of the movement of your teeth. The overall cost of fixed braces will depend on the length of time and whether you are having braces on both the top and bottom rows of teeth. Expect to pay more at a Specialist Orthodontist than at a general dentist. General dentists study for 5 years to obtain their dental degree. Specialist Orthodontists do this plus have an additional 3 years of postgraduate orthodontic training compared to a general dentist. Basically, you will get the results you pay for. Adult metal and ceramic (clear) braces at Embrace Orthodontists range from $5000 to around $8000 with payment terms up to 36 months. If you would like to get out of braces faster, there is no extra cost to have SureSmile included in your treatment.
Over 420 of our Braces and Invisalign patients completed our patient survey in July this year. Here’s what they had to say
Your teeth are always moving as you age regardless of whether you have had braces or not. Retainers are designed to hold your teeth in their corrected position until your bones and gums adapt to the change. By not wearing your retainers, you may find that all the time and effort you put into wearing your braces or Invisalign is lost.
It depends on what you want. By far the most accurate and quickest way to straighten your teeth is with fixed braces on the front of your teeth such as clear ceramic braces and metal braces. Fixed braces or "brackets" are attached to your teeth and the wire is inserted across the brackets. The movement of teeth is created by putting new wires into the brackets at different stages in your treatment. The movement of teeth is created by the bends in the wire and changing to new wires as time passes. The introduction of clear ceramic braces and smaller bracket sizes means that fixed braces may be far less noticeable than you think. In fact, because the ceramic braces are such a close colour to your teeth, people usually have to look twice to notice them.
Let’s get real. Teeth can only move at a certain speed, there is a biological limit, push them any faster and they’re at serious risk of irreparable damage. Any braces system can move teeth after 6 months of treatment.
If you’ve been going to the one dentist for years then you obviously trust them and their quality of work. So it seems natural to have your dentist do your orthodontic work. Right? The reality is that dentists are great at being dentists and they simply don’t have the extensive training and experience in braces. Who would you want to do your plumbing? An electrician or a plumber? It’s the same with braces, Orthodontists have to first be a practicing dentist before then they take several more years of orthodontic training and examinations.
Sure, a dentist can do a 2 day course for Invisalign or Incognito but moving teeth is much more complicated than you may think. When your teeth are moved it changes your jaw function and facial aesthetics. So when choosing the right person to straighten your teeth ask the practitioner for evidence on how many people they have successfully treated. Also ask them if they have not been able to finish a case and had to refer their patient to an Orthodontist. Would you rather have your braces done with your dentist who sees about 10 cases a year, or an Orthodontist who has experience with hundreds of braces patients per year?
Wow Clara, your new smile looks great! Congratulations and thanks for letting us post your before and after photos.
Lingual braces are invisible braces chosen by patients because of cosmetic reasons. Although lingual braces are costly compared to traditional braces, people see the benefits of their appearance or lack of appearance to be well worth it. Lingual braces are made of metal brackets that are hidden on the back of your teeth. They work in a similar way to braces, but at the same time are very different.
Recent research has revealed that 99% of Australians aged between 18-39 believe having a nice smile is very important, with more than one in five saying it’s actually essential.
Given that around three quarters of 18-39 year olds say that they notice someone’s teeth the first time they flash their smile, it’s no wonder that teeth top the list of facial features that 18-39 year olds would most like to improve – ahead of skin concerns and nose.
Invisalign has changed dental treatment radically. Invisalign is not like traditional metal braces, treatment is through a series of aligners that look a bit like a teeth whitening tray, or a slimline mouthguard and fit snugly over your teeth. They are almost invisible and are easily removed, and may be the ideal solution for patients who require dental braces, but don’t want the visibility of traditional metal braces.
Back in 1945, orthodontists found that aligners similar to modern dental aligners could successfully reposition teeth. Unfortunately a fresh mould of the patient’s teeth needed to be completed each time a new aligner was needed, and this proved impractical, and far too costly to be a mainstream option.
Zia Chishti had worn metal braces as an adult so when the computer age arrived, he was ready to take look at producing clear dental aligners in a more cost-effective manner. By combining computer generated three-dimensional images with conventional dental x-rays and photography, Chishti and his business partner Kelsy Wirth created the modern dental Invisalign aligner system.
Although the business partners didn't have any formal training in dentistry they used their extensive knowledge of computers to develop their design and founded the company, Align Technology, in 1997. Three years later, the first Invisalign dental aligners were made available to orthodontic patients.
Invisalign aligners work the same way as traditional metal braces, but without the stainless steel brackets and wires. Each clear tray is less than a millimetre thick, and uses gentle pressure to slowly move your teeth. Typically, each aligner is worn for around two weeks before being discarded, and replaced with a new, slightly different tray, in a custom made sequence. Invisalign aligners are removable, so everyday tasks such as eating, brushing teeth and flossing can easily be accomplished.
It’s becoming increasingly common for adults to improve their smile by straightening their teeth, which has led to leaps and bounds in dental brace technology. If you work in a position where appearances count, or even if you just want your dental brace treatment to be unobtrusive, consider Invisalign.
Whether you have braces fitted to your teeth or not, it’s always a smart idea to eat a proper nutritious diet. However, if you have braces, it becomes even more crucial to pay attention to your diet, as some foods can increase your risk of tooth decay, or even damage your braces.
Did you know it’s a good idea to have your child’s first orthodontic examination before seven years of age? Although the majority of childhood orthodontic treatment is conducted between the ages of nine to 14, there are some problems that need to be addressed before that age. Issues such as protruding teeth, due to thumb sucking, or cheek and jaw misalignments, which can be due to unusual sleeping positions, often respond well to early treatment.
Possible advantages of orthodontic treatment at an early age
What age is too early?
There is no one-size-fits-all orthodontic approach, but the jaw, teeth, muscles and the resulting bite are most treatable when young. Going ahead with orthodontic treatment as soon as the problem is diagnosed can help permanent teeth grow in the right places, so your child’s jaw fits together correctly. The best thing to do is be guided by the opinion of an experienced and professional orthodontist.
What is involved?
Typically, the earlier orthodontic treatment is performed, the quicker the response, and the sooner braces can be removed. In general, orthodontic treatment has numerous stages, but when a patient is very young sometimes the initial or primary treatment is so successful, it allows the second stage treatment to be minor.
Prepare your child
If you have a very young child has who has been assessed as requiring orthodontic treatment, there are some things you can do that can help ease your child into the process, without creating unnecessary anxiety. The most important thing is to ensure your child understands what to expect when the treatment is performed. Talk to them beforehand, and make sure they are comfortable with the orthodontist before going ahead. Also consider a reward to give them after the first treatment, so they have a positive view of return visits to the orthodontist.
Watch our lab technician prove how 'invisible' clear retainers are! learn more
Lingual braces (also known as Incognito or Lingual Suresmile) cannot be seen when a person smiles, because the braces are behind their teeth, they actually have to open their mouth quite wide to show people they are wearing braces.learn more
"Cleft palate is a specialised branch of Orthodontics. The Orthodontist normally works in a team consisting of a speech pathologist, ENT surgeon and plastic surgeon. World wide, there are 2 schools of thought on Cleft Palate repair, early or late.learn more