Everyone has seen traditional metal braces; many people have had to wear them when they were teens or even adults. The “train tracks” on teeth can be uncomfortable and unflattering while they straighten and align them. However, there are now invisible braces that offer a discreet way to straighten teeth without gleaming metal covering the person’s smile, offering alternatives to traditional metal braces.
Types of Invisible Braces
Invisible braces refer to orthodontics that are difficult to see by other people. While they cannot be truly “invisible,” they are very discreet and are not noticeable when they are in place. There are a couple of different options in invisible braces, some that are metal and others that use clear plastic or tooth-colored hardware. Some even offer quicker alignment options, straightening anterior teeth in as little as six months.
One of the most popular options in Invisible braces are clear aligners, such as Invisalign. These use clear, BPA-free plastic aligners that fit over the teeth. These aligners apply gentle pressure to the teeth to shift them into the preferred position. Each set of aligners is customized for the patient’s teeth, with a new set issued every few weeks until the teeth are aligned into their correct position. Besides being invisible and comfortable, they are removable for eating and oral care.
Another alternative to metal braces is tooth-colored braces or clear brackets. These do use brackets and wires, but are designed to match the color of the teeth in order to be discreet and difficult to see. Six Month Smiles® is one example of these tooth-colored invisible braces, correcting the front teeth for a straighter smile in as little as six months.
Metal braces can also be invisible if they are not on the front of the teeth. Lingual invisible braces are placed on the back or inside of the teeth. This hides them from view while they adjust the alignment. Powerprox Six Month Braces has lingual options to hide the braces from view while they quickly adjust the smile.
Both teens and adults can use invisible braces for their orthodontic treatment and still get the straight smile they desire for improved aesthetics and health. While their teeth are being straightened, they do not need to be embarrassed by a smile full of metal because these clear or camouflaged options are hidden from view while performing their adjustments.
Pearland Family Dentistry understands that many of our patients want discreet options for straightening their smile, which is why we offer invisible braces like Invisalign and Six Month Smiles. Call us today to schedule your orthodontic consultation to learn more about discreet braces for you or your teen.