Once upon a time, the biggest cosmetic choice you had to make when getting braces was what color to pick for the bands on your braces' brackets. These days, however, there are plenty of choices that go beyond traditional metal braces. If you're interested in invisible braces but don't know much about them, here's what you need to know about the three major types of "invisible" braces.
Invisible aligners are the thin, clear plastic braces that can readily be put on and removed. They're super convenient and allow the users to eat whatever they want simply by taking them off before a meal and then putting them back on after. They're also the easiest for keeping your teeth clean.
However, invisible aligners are typically only used for minor corrections, like crooked teeth or overcrowding. If you need serious dental corrections, another variety may be better for you. Your dentist will be able to tell you whether or not you qualify for invisible aligners.
One recent option is to go with standard-styled braces but in a different material. One of these is clear braces, which are made from a transparent plastic. Unlike invisible aligners, these are much closer to regular braces. They use transparent brackets that adhere to the front of your teeth, which are connected together by a clear wire.
While they can be seen up-close, these braces blend in well enough with their surroundings that they're rarely noticeable in photos or in most personal encounters. They're also more appropriate for serious orthodontic needs.
Finally, one great option if you have a lot of orthodontic problems is to go with sublingual braces. Sublingual braces are made out of the same stuff as traditional metal braces, but chances are no one will ever notice them. Why? Because they're mounted behind your teeth!
Sublingual braces offer all the strength and durability of traditional braces without giving you an unsightly smile. But you will need to follow all the traditional care advice for teeth with braces since these can't be removed.
Choosing braces doesn't have to be hard, even if you want them to have as little impact on your appearance as possible. With these three options, you can work with your orthodontist to choose one that's right for you. Give your local dentist, such as Dr. Jon Douglas Lesan, DDS, RpH, PA, a call or visit them online to schedule a consultation to find out exactly what your personal dental needs are and how to address them with clear, invisible, or hidden braces.