Invisible braces and teeth straightening

Written by: Dr Mark Hughes
Edited by: Laura Burgess

Braces – the dreaded word we feared when we were younger! Nowadays, cosmetic or invisible braces can offer a more aesthetically pleasing alternative to conventional metal braces, as a discreet way to improve your smile.

Leading London dentist Dr Mark Hughes uses cosmetic orthodontics to address any number of concern - including crowding or spacing problems, malocclusion, underbites or overbites, and TMJ disorder. He uses the latest techniques to equip individuals with virtually invisible or undetectable teeth straightening devices. Here, Dr Hughes explains more about cosmetic braces.

What can invisible braces treat?

Invisible braces are used to treat the following:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Deep bites

What are the benefits of cosmetic braces?

Modern orthodontics now allow more options in teeth straightening treatment than ever, allowing individuals to select the system that is most conducive to their unique dental needs. These cosmetic braces are designed to be as unobtrusive and comfortable as possible.

What are the different types of cosmetic braces?

The comprehensive range of treatments to choose from may include:

  • Invisalign® and Invisalign® Teen
    Invisalign® for teens and adults is a cutting-edge system that can straighten teeth affected by crowding, uneven spacing, or other mild to moderate cases of dental malocclusion using clear, removable aligners.

    With Invisalign®, your teeth are gradually guided into the desired positioning using transparent aligners that provide a small amount of movement with each set. Several sets of aligners – custom-designed to fit your teeth comfortably and discreetly – are crafted, with each set of aligners replaced every two weeks for steady and comfortable straightening. When administered by a skilled cosmetic dentist, Invisalign® has been proven to be just as effective as traditional braces, if not more so.
  • Incognito™
    Incognito™ hidden braces can be utilised to treat an entire spectrum of orthodontic issues, from mild to complex cases. This system fixes braces behind the teeth for complete discretion during treatment while allowing for minimal discomfort and speech interference.

    The Incognito™ system has been known to produce noticeable results fairly quickly, and can often achieve straighter teeth in a shorter treatment time when compared to traditional braces.
  • Damon™ Braces
    The Damon™ system is a state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment that applies frictionless force to move teeth into the desired positioning using self-ligating (binding) brackets. This can allow for a more efficient and comfortable tooth straightening experience that does not require metal and elastic ties or brace tightening.

    Damon™ Braces are designed to be discreet, utilising smaller brackets when compared to traditional braces and offering a tooth-coloured option to blend indistinguishably with enamel. Plus, this system can swiftly address a comprehensive range of mild to complex orthodontic issues in less overall treatment time than is usually required by conventional braces, without the need for excessive maintenance appointments.

How do I know which braces are right for me?

The most suitable treatment option for your cosmetic goals can be determined by the extent of your orthodontic concerns and your individual preferences. During a consultation, I can evaluate your teeth to observe the nature of your misalignment or malocclusion and help determine which system would be most beneficial. Using our digital smile design technology, I can even provide you with a visualisation of the potential cosmetic outcome before the start of any treatment.

By Dr Mark Hughes

Dr Mark Hughes is one of the UK's leading cosmetic dentists, with significant experience and skill in both orthodontics and aesthetic dentistry. He is an Accredited Member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, an extremely prestigious accolade, being one of only 16 dentists in the UK. He is a full member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr Hughes founded the Harley Street Dental Studio in 2004, and went on to become co-founder of the acclaimed Harley Street Dental Group just four years later. His clinics share a vision of offering the latest developments in dentistry and state-of-the-art techniques, to deliver high quality results in orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry. 

Dr Hughes often appears in the media to discuss his techniques and his clinics as a dental advisor, and has worked with a range of celebrities over the years. With placement of over 10,000 dental veneers and successful completion of more than 1,000 Invisalign treatments, Dr Hughes has earned his reputation as a world-class dentist. He is a key opinion leader and brand ambassador for many leading dental companies and also has an interest in training and education, working as a mentor for other dentists, and lectures internationally and around the UK. 

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