Invu braces look very similar to a conventional brace but that is where the similarity ends.
They differ from the conventional metal brace in that they use white ceramic brackets and archwires made from a tooth coloured material. This means that they will look and feel better than the old metal brace.
This is not to dismiss the conventional metal brace: it still has an important role to play as orthodontist still agree that braces which use brackets, ties (or bands) and archwires are the most effective type of brace.
We have seen new developments in orthodontic technology with the advent of the Invisalign ‘invisible brace’ system and Inman Aligners. These are popular forms of treatment with those patients who find the metal type of brace both uncomfortable and unsightly.
These newer systems are ideal for minor orthodontic problems but more serious cases still require the conventional type of brace. And this includes the Invu system.
Whatever the type of brace: the fact remains that their sole purpose is to straighten misaligned teeth by moving them into a desired position. The metal type of brace as well as the newer ‘clear’ aligners will both do this but it’s a case of finding the right one for you.
What is an Invu brace made from?
This brace is both strong and attractive looking. It is a durable brace which consists of ceramic brackets that will exert pressure on your teeth but in comfort as well.
These brackets are produced via an injection moulding system that removes any rough edges and contributes to that level of comfort. And, these brackets are designed not to chip or shatter during the treatment.
Another factor is that of aesthetics: a white ceramic brace can look so much nicer than a metal brace.
What can they treat?
They are classed as a ‘low profile’ type of brace: this may sound rather innocuous but what it actually means is that can treat serious occlusal problems as well as cosmetic issues. So, they are ideal if a major amount of correction is needed.
How long does this treatment take?
This is a fixed type of brace and can take around a year to 18 months before the correction is completed. This is quicker than the usual 3 years for a conventional brace. But remember that this period includes regular adjustment and cleaning sessions at your dentist.
Very few people enjoy wearing a brace and tend to see them as something they would rather get over with as quickly as possible. If a speedy procedure is important to you then you may want to consider the Invisalign Express system or the ‘6 month smiles’ system. These both aim to complete treatment around 6 months or so. However, you will have to pay more for this privilege.
What is the aftercare?
This is a fixed type of brace so it is important that you clean it carefully. You cannot remove it for cleaning so ensure that you brush and floss your teeth extra carefully. A mouthwash can also help.
It can also help if you reduce your sugar intake and avoid very hard types of food such as toffees or apples. These can cause a bracket to break which will increase the period of treatment.
How much does an Invu brace cost?
Costs always vary according to location, the amount of treatment needed, the experience of the dentist and the materials used.
However, this ceramic type of brace tends to be cheaper than some other types of braces and can cost around £2,000 to £3,000.
Are there any alternatives?
Yes. There are other types of braces to consider which include the Invu brace, Damon brace, Invisalign, 6 month smiles and lingual braces.
Learn more about orthodontics….
- What is an orthodontist?
- What is ‘malocclusion?’
- Why orthodontic treatment?
- Can adults have orthodontic treatment?
- What is a ‘brace?’
- What does orthodontic treatment involve?
- Will I have to have teeth removed?
- How long does the treatment take?
- Does it hurt?
- Do I have to pay for this treatment?
- How do I care for my brace or retainer?
- What is ‘headgear for braces?’
Types of Orthodontic Braces
- Smile Makeover
- Teeth Whitening
- Dental Veneers
- Dental Crowns
- Dental Bridges
- Dental Restorations
- Dental Implants
- Cerec dentistry
- Cosmetic Bonding
- Tooth Reshaping
- Full Mouth Reconstruction
- Cost of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Teeth Straightening
- Inman Aligner
- 6 month smiles
- Damon Braces
- Lingual braces
- General Dentistry
- Dental Hygiene
- Perio Protect
- Dental Floss