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Dr Mark Hughes provides a wide array of highly effective orthodontic treatments designed for optimal teeth alignment without sacrificing patient comfort or convenience. Cosmetic or invisible braces can offer a more aesthetically pleasing alternative to conventional metal braces for a discreet way to improve your smile. Depending on your unique needs, the advanced orthodontic systems utilised by Dr Hughes can equip individuals with virtually invisible or undetectable teeth straightening devices.

Some of these options are removable and typically reduce many of the hassles presented by metal braces, such as troublesome maintenance and a restricted diet. As a highly trained cosmetic dentist, Dr Hughes uses cosmetic orthodontics to address any number of concerns—including crowding or spacing problems, malocclusion, underbites or overbites, and TMJ Disorder—with the goal of meeting your needs through an enhanced treatment experience. Many times, a bite may need to be corrected, or teeth must be more closely aligned, before a Smile Makeover or porcelain veneer procedure can take place. This is done to reduce the amount of treatment or tooth reduction required. Occasionally, the assistance of a Specialist Orthodontist is necessary to carry out some of these treatments.

What Can Invisible Braces Treat?

What Are the Different Types 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 and individual lifestyles. These cosmetic braces are designed to be as unobtrusive and comfortable as possible. The comprehensive range of treatments to choose from may include:

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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 teeth 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, Dr Hughes can evaluate your teeth to observe the nature of your misalignment or malocclusion and help you determine which system would be most beneficial. Using our digital smile design technology, he can even provide you with a visualisation of the potential cosmetic outcome before the start of any treatment! For your convenience, a brief comparison of the teeth straightening systems offered by Dr Hughes is outlined here:

Cosmetic Braces Comparison Table

Comprehensive Brace Options

Type of brace Visibility Brushing Comfort Scope of treatment Treatment time
Incognito - Lingual fixed braces, hidden behind the teeth
Completely invisible
Can be difficult to keep clean as they can be hard to see and reach, regular hygiene appointments are recommended
Tailor-made to fit flat on the back of your teeth
Comprehensive - can treat even the most complex cases
Bespoke production makes Incognito an efficient and fast treatment option
Damon - Metal or tooth coloured fixed braces
Metal option is visible, tooth-coloured is discreet
Can be difficult to keep clean, regular hygiene appointments are recommended
May take some time to adjust to the braces
Comprehensive - can treat even the most complex case
Low friction, self-ligating braces provide fast and efficient treatment
Invisalign - Removable clear plastic aligners
Virtually invisible
Removable for easy brushing and flossing
Smooth plastic, no brackets or wires to rub or poke your mouth
Comprehensive - suitable for mild to moderate treatments
Treatment time can take longer than fixed braces
Invisalign Teen - Removable clear plastic aligners
Virtually invisible
Removable for easy brushing and flossing
Smooth plastic, no brackets or wires to rub or poke your mouth
Comprehensive - designed specifically for teenagers
Treatment time can take longer than fixed braces

Short Term Orthodontics – braces designed for fast, mild corrections to the front teeth

Type of brace Visibility Brushing Comfort Scope of treatment Treatment time
6 Month Smiles - Tooth-coloured fixed braces
Discreet
Can be difficult to keep clean, regular hygiene appointments are recommended
May take some time to adjust to the braces
Limited to movement of the front teeth exposed when smiling
As little as 6 months
Inman Aligner - Discreet removable appliance
Mildly visible
Removable for easy brushing and flossing
May take some time to adjust to the braces
Limited to movement of the front teeth exposed when smiling
6 to 18 weeks
Cfast - Clear brackets and tooth coloured wires
Discreet
Can be difficult to keep clean, regular hygiene appointments are recommended
May take some time to adjust to the braces
Limited to movement of the front teeth exposed when smiling
From 6 weeks
Simpli5 - Removable clear plastic aligners
Translucent aligners, practically invisible
Removable for easy brushing and flossing
Smooth plastic, no brackets or wires to rub or poke your mouth
Suitable for mild corrections, limited range of movement
Approximately 5 months
Stb Social 6 - Fixed lingual braces beind the teeth
Completely invisible
Can be difficult to keep clean as they can be hard to see and reach, regular hygiene appointments are recommended
May take some time to adjust to the braces
Limited to movement of the front teeth exposed when smiling
Approximately 4 months
Invisalign Lite - Removable clear plastic aligners
Virtually invisible
Removable for easy brushing and flossing
Smooth plastic, no brackets or wires to rub or poke your mouth
Suitable for mild corrections, limited range of movement
Approximately 5 to 8 months

To learn more about cosmetic braces, or to schedule a consultation with Dr Hughes, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr Hughes today.