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Are Invisalign the only kind of discrete braces?

Straight teeth are sought after by so many of us, but we really don’t want to commit to the unsightly NHS braces of metal wires and fixed silver brackets. They’re too visible and too obvious, right? Many adults (and teenagers) shy away from these teeth straightening solutions because they worry about judgement and embarrassment, if only there was an easier way… Well, as it turns out, there are a handful of ways to straighten your teeth with less obviously visible treatment methods! Everyone is different and has different treatment needs, so if you don’t find yourself drawn to Invisalign then there are other options…

Inman Aligner

The Inman Aligner fits over your teeth and places an aligner bow on the front of and the back of your teeth. These two bows gently oppose each other, applying gentle pressure on either side of your teeth to gradually guide them into a straighter position. These aligner bows only show as a thin line of metal across your front teeth, where the aligner is designed to work its magic. Invisalign aligners are great for people who require teeth straightening for all of their teeth, but if you just have a few wayward teeth at the front of your mouth then you’d find the Inman Aligner faster and more cost-effective.

Simply Smile

The Simply Smile system targets the front six teeth too for a relatively speedy smile transformation compared to the all-over straightening of Invisalign. These braces are fixed to your teeth and are made of clear ceramic brackets and tooth-coloured wires. They blend in to the colour of your natural teeth, improving your cosmetic smile. If you’re seeking braces that will better the aesthetic appearance of your smile rather than address any pressing bite issues, then the Simply Smile is the right choice over Invisalign.

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles does exactly what it says on the tin – straightens your teeth in around 6 months. This orthodontic system uses clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires that may sound like the Simply Smile system, but they’re very different. Where Simply Smile falls short of improving your bite, crowding, and tooth symmetry, the Six Month Smiles system excels here. If you’re looking to better your bite and the appearance of your teeth, then this system could be your new brace best friend.

Secret Smile

Much like Invisalign, the Secret Smile system is a favourite of celebrities. The Secret Smile betters the cosmetic appearance of your front teeth, so it doesn’t address bite issues, but the brackets do fit to the backs of your teeth. This is truly invisible teeth straightening, because these brackets aren’t visible at all when smiling or talking. If you have just a few wayward teeth you’d like to correct at the front of your mouth, then Secret Smile could be for you.

Invisalign is a great tooth straightening system, but if you think one of these other options might be more suited to your needs then get in touch! We at Harwood Dental Care offer all of the above, including Invisalign, and would be more than happy to hear from you. Enquire online or speak to a member of our team on 01204 304568 today.

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