Orthodontic Options That Are Practically Invisible

Posted on: 3 March 2021

Many people suffer from teeth that are not perfectly aligned. The misalignment can cause sufferers to feel self-conscious and unsure about their appearance. Additionally, a dental misalignment can make it difficult to chew properly.

People with crooked teeth frequently know that braces can help correct their dental misalignment. However, they may be uncomfortable about the look of a metal appliance in the mouth. Nevertheless, there are orthodontic options available to straighten the teeth while remaining practically invisible in the mouth. Here are a few options for invisible braces.  

Clear Braces 

Clear braces contain several components, including brackets, an archwire, and elastic bands that connect the archwire to the brackets. Traditional braces employ brackets that are fashioned from metal. However, the brackets of clear braces are made from clear or white ceramic material, making it difficult for observers to see the appliance against the backdrop of the tooth enamel. As a result, the braces are much less noticeable in the mouth. Even though the braces offer a more discreet treatment option, they are still effective at realigning the teeth.

Clear Plastic Aligners

Clear plastic aligners are rigid, customized mouth trays that are worn over the teeth. The trays are left in place for the majority of the day and should only be removed for a couple of hours or less. Still, the aligner patient can remove the trays to eat and brush their teeth.

The plastic of the aligners is transparent. As a result, when the aligners are in place, they are difficult to see.

Clear plastic aligners are suitable for people whose palates have already reached their full growth potential. Thus, they are more likely to be prescribed for teen and adult patients. I

In addition, multiple sets of aligners are required during the treatment process. Each set is worn for a designated period and then exchanged with the next set in the treatment plan.

Lingual Braces  

Lingual braces are actually fashioned from metal, just as traditional braces are. However, the location of the braces on the teeth makes them invisible to observers.

The braces are not placed on the front of the teeth. Instead, the brackets of lingual braces are positioned on the lingual side of the teeth, which is next to the tongue.  

Lingual braces straighten the teeth as effectively as traditional braces. However, they remain hidden from view throughout the treatment process.

To learn more ways to straighten your teeth discreetly, schedule an appointment with an orthodontist in your local area.