It can be difficult to choose which braces are best. Most people opt for traditional metal braces since they are the most affordable. However, adults who want to straighten their teeth have issues wearing metal braces, especially if they work in a community environment. There are clear braces options for adults who want a discreet way of straightening their teeth.
Invisible braces are surprisingly common. Clear braces are not noticeable at all, which is why they are not commonly known about since no one is every actually seen wearing them. Many adults do not like their teeth, but do not get braces to fix them because they are metal and considered unattractive and childish. Yet invisible braces are a great option that not many people realize exists.
There are things to consider when debating which kind of braces to get – metal or the many varieties of invisible braces. There is the cost of clear braces over metal, the length of time that each kind of braces need to be worn, appearance, and effect of braces.
Invisible braces cost depends on which kind of invisible braces are chosen. Braces need to be worn for a year or two on most patients. Comfortable braces are important to have. Metal braces are not very comfortable and can be unpleasant in appearance.
Metal braces have a higher chance of becoming loose and breaking. Both invisible and metal braces have the same effect, but clear braces cost more. Metal braces are more affordable and effective at handling severe alignment problems.
There are three kinds of invisible braces – clear ceramic, Invisalign, and lingual braces. Ceramic braces are invisible and cost slightly more than traditional braces. They are the perfect option for patients who want to feel good about the look of their teeth without having to worry about their appearance socially.
The brackets of clear braces are created out of tooth colored material to blend in from a distance. They can be seen when looked at closely. However, the materials used in ceramic braces are slightly lighter than metal braces. They give the same effect, even though there is a greater chance they will come loose. Avoid foods that are hard or chewy when wearing ceramic braces.
Invisalign is completely clear and unnoticeable, even from short distances. They are the most comfortable kind of braces on the market and do not break easily. Patients never have to worry about what foods to eat because the Invisalign braces can be removed at will. The downside to Invisalign is that they cost the most out of all braces available.
Invisalign is a set of clear, removable, plastic aligners that are custom made for each patient's teeth. They are created with advanced 3-D computerized technology. Clear aligners are designed to gently move the teeth little by little into a perfect smile. For treatment, patients need to see the dentist every four to eight weeks.
Each pair of Invisalign aligners are worn for a two week period. This allows teeth to gradually develop into a true smile. Treatment length varies depending on the dental condition and the severity of the case. A full program of treatment takes less than a year on average.
Patients who have severe misalignment, malocclusion, or overcrowding may not qualify for Invisalign braces. An first examination is needed to find out for sure is a patient is not qualified for Invisalign.
Lingual braces are not technically invisible, but hidden out of sight. They do not cost as much as Invisalign, but they are more than ceramic clear braces. They are metal braces, but are installed on the backside of the teeth instead of the front. They are uncomfortable on the tongue at first, but after a week of wearing them the problem will not be noticeable anymore.