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Which invisible brace is the most discreet?

15th July 2019

Think braces are all clunky train tracks with brightly coloured elastic bands and teenage angst? Think again! There are more discreet ways to achieve a beautiful smile and as we are one of the few general practices that have specialists in orthodontics, we can offer our patients the top three ‘invisible’ orthodontic treatments.

Lingual braces

The ultimate invisible brace, lingual braces, are an innovative take on tradition braces as they work in a similar way with one big difference – the braces are fitted behind your teeth, hidden from sight. Even up close, friends and family will struggle to spot them, unless you have a habit of throwing your head back when you laugh!

Not only are they completely hidden, they’re also very good at straightening teeth and can be used for simple and complex cases. Lingual braces allow for a lot of control and flexibility, which means that they can work well along other cosmetic treatments, such as dental implants.


A popular choice to teeth straightening and it’s not hard to understand why. Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually move your teeth and straighten your smile. The aligners themselves are clear and quite hard to spot, however your friends might notice the attachments (small tooth-coloured dots attached to some of the teeth, made of dental bonding) but most of the time they’ll go undetected.

We advice you to wear the aligners for at least 20-22 hours a day, so you can remove them for eating, drinking and our favourite, brushing! This makes them a winner when it comes to fitting into your lifestyle as you can enjoy all of your favourite foods, without the fear of something getting stuck in your brace or staining your teeth.

Ceramic braces

Ceramic braces are essentially traditional metal braces, with clear or tooth coloured brackets. Although your friends will notice them, they’re slightly more inconspicuous than their metal counterpart. While ceramic braces are more noticeable than lingual or Invisalign, they’re extremely good at straightening complex cases such as bite problems and crowding, as the brackets and wires give us complete control over the movement of your teeth.

As our orthodontic specialist, Dr Patrick Sharma, is always looking to offer his patients the latest dental developments and treatments, we offer self-ligating braces, which use a sliding clip to hold the wire in place instead of elastic bands. This further makes them slightly more discreet, more comfortable and easier to keep clean.

At CGPD your smile is in safe hands with our specialist orthodontist, Dr Pratik. He is a hugely popular dentist renowned for his calm professionalism, individual flair and gentle manner. This is especially important as orthodontic treatments can span over an extended period of time. He is able to deliver optimal treatment outcomes while retaining his concern for his patient’s well-being.

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