If you are considering orthodontic treatment, you have several options available thanks to modern dentistry. Among these options are traditional braces, lingual braces, and clear braces. You and your orthodontist can determine together which is the best option for you.
Types of Clear Braces
There is more than one kind of clear braces. One type is very similar to traditional metal braces, but the braces themselves are made of clear plastic rather than metal. The other type of clear braces uses plastic trays to move the teeth into position rather than braces and bands. Both are excellent options to correct misalignment, though more traditional-style braces are generally more effective for more serious alignment issues.
You and your orthodontist can determine together which is the best option for you.
With traditional-style braces, you can choose braces made of clear plastic or of tooth-colored porcelain to reduce the visibility of your treatment. Many adults feel less self-conscious with clear or tooth-colored braces, though adolescents can choose these options as well.
Advantages of Clear Braces
The most obvious advantage of clear braces is that they are less visible. Traditional braces made of clear material are not entirely invisible since the bands used to move your teeth are not necessarily clear. However, the clear braces are not as obvious as metal ones.
With aligner trays, it is very difficult to see that you are undergoing any kind of orthodontic treatment. The trays also tend to be more comfortable than traditional braces, and can be removed for short periods.
The choice of what kind of braces to wear for your treatment depends upon your preference and that of your orthodontist. It also depends upon the problems you are having with your alignment and what option will give you the best results. As a general rule, traditional-style braces, whether made of metal or of clear plastic or porcelain, are better for more severe problems, while aligner trays are better suited for minor corrections.
To find out how braces, clear braces, or aligner trays can help you achieve a perfect smile, please contact either of our convenient Creekview Orthodontics offices to schedule an appointment.