InVu Braces

InVu Braces provide an aesthetically pleasing alternative to metal braces by using almost invisible white ceramic brackets to try and match the natural colour of your teeth. This makes them less obvious than standard braces or even other ceramic models that may use translucent or reflective materials. InVu uses innovative methods to make the braces more comfortable, stronger and safer to remove.

What are the advantages?

Aesthetically, InVu Braces are an improvement on metal braces, allowing you to maintain confidence in your smile. The ceramic brackets do not stain and are specially manufactured with smooth edges to prevent irritation after fitting inside the mouth and on the gums. The parts used in this process are smaller which means patients are less likely to have speech or swallowing problems. Research suggests the ceramic InVu Braces are more effective than standard metal braces, working faster thanks to increased strength. Patients can sometimes see results in 12 to 18 months. Once the treatment is complete, InVu Braces are easier to remove than other ceramic braces and are less likely to chip and shatter in the removal process.

What are the disadvantages?

There are few disadvantages to InVu Braces. Some patients complain that the wire used, which is supposed to be “tooth coloured”, sometimes loses this colouring and therefore becomes less attractive. The wire is often just coated with colouring, which can chip or scratch off, leaving unattractive patches of silver metal among the almost invisible ceramic brackets. Unsurprisingly, having InVu Braces fitted is more expensive than standard orthodontic treatment or even other ceramic braces.

How are they fitted?

InVu Braces are fitted in a similar way to standard braces, with impressions being made of the teeth before the ceramic brackets are manufactured and fitted to the teeth with cement. The brackets have a wire mesh on the back, meaning the ceramic brackets are not in direct contact with the tooth, making the removal easier.

After the fitting

As with any fitted braces, there may be some discomfort after fitting or tightening, though the design of the brackets should minimise this. It is important to maintain a high standard of oral hygiene while undergoing this treatment, avoiding sticky foods and brushing after every meal. As well as attending your regular appointments with an orthodontist, you should visit your family dentist as usual to make sure you are keeping your teeth clean to avoid food becoming trapped and causing tooth decay.