Have you always wanted straighter teeth, but the thought of a mouth filled with metal puts you off? Invisible orthodontics may be the solution you’ve been looking for.
Invisible braces are the perfect aesthetic alternative to traditional metal braces with their garish wires and metal brackets. Like braces, though, different invisible orthodontic options ensure that your teeth move into a straighter position, giving you a healthier smile and a big confidence boost.
The Ideal Invisible Orthodontics Candidates
Invisible braces are a great solution for both older teenagers and adults alike. However, they’re not usually the answer for kids. That’s because baby teeth and complex children’s orthodontic issues require traditional, stronger braces. Yet, for older individuals who want discreet but highly effective treatment, invisible options can treat common conditions, such as:
- Crowded teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Widely spaced teeth
Different Invisible Orthodontic Options
There are several types of clear, cosmetic options. Some use tooth-coloured brackets rather than metal to help straighten minor alignment problems.
The three most popular types of invisible treatment include:
1. Clear Invisible Aligners
Invisalign involves a series of invisible aligners, customised to fit your teeth. Each aligner is worn for a period of time before replacing it with the next. How many aligners you’ll need depends on your orthodontic issue. On the whole, aligners are minimally invasive with little to no irritation. There are no wires or brackets, either.
You can even remove your aligners to enjoy your favourite foods and clean your teeth.
2. Clear Ceramic Braces
Ceramic braces are made using composite materials. They are weaker than metal brackets and also larger. Small rubber bands are used to secure the braces to archwires. Ceramic braces cannot be removed for the duration of your treatment, which means there may be some irritation at first.
What’s more, with clear braces, a more gradual force is needed to gently move the teeth, which can often result in a longer treatment time.
3. Lingual Braces
With lingual braces, sometimes called inside braces, the brackets are attached to the back of your teeth, hidden from view. Adults especially like the idea of lingual braces. Like ceramic braces, this invisible orthodontics can’t be removed, and you may experience some discomfort.
Now you know what the common types of invisible treatment are, here are a few common questions to ask your orthodontist when considering treatment.
What Cases Can Invisalign Aligners Treat?
Invisalign is used to treat a wide range of cases. Ultimately, it’s up to your orthodontist to recommend the best invisible orthodontics for your case. However, Invisalign works well for a broader range of cases, including:
- Open bite
How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Take?
Treatment time with aligners is more or less the same as with traditional braces. Mostly, it depends on the issue being corrected. Some problems just take a little more time to correct, but it’s always worth it in the end. Less complex bites, however, can be corrected in as little as 12 months.
What Happens If I Lose My Aligner?
If you receive Invisalign treatment, there’s always the likelihood of misplacing an aligner. Since the aligners are made of thin and clear plastic, it’s easy to take them out, put them down and forget to put them back in. Be sure to contact us right away if you do lose an aligner so that we can replace it or suggest the best course of action.
Can I Play Sports?
No matter which type of invisible orthodontics you opt for, you can still play sports. Just be sure to wear an orthodontic mouth guard for optimum protection.
Will I Have to Wear a Retainer?
Yes. When your braces come off or you finish a course of Invisalign treatment, a retainer will keep your teeth straight. Without one, your teeth will move, potentially jeopardising your entire treatment.
Can I Get Clear Ceramic Braces on My Bottom Teeth?
Not always. The ceramic used to make the brackets is harder than your tooth enamel. If one touches against your natural teeth, it could cause a significant amount of wear.
After evaluating your bite and how your teeth overlap when closed, we can decide whether or not to place ceramic brackets on your bottom teeth.
One solution is to open your bite with the help of a filling material on your back teeth to keep your front teeth from hitting against the brackets when your teeth close together.
Are Lingual Braces for Adults?
Anyone can have lingual braces attached to the back of the teeth. This is one of the most common invisible orthodontics treatments for adults with crowding, protruding front teeth and gaps. It’s also a great solution if you’re self-conscious about your treatment.
How Do Lingual Braces Actually Work?
Lingual braces (sometimes called inside or incognito braces) are custom-made brackets designed to fit your individual teeth. They’re mostly made with 3M and gold. The braces use invisible, tiny elastics to keep the wire attached to your braces behind your teeth.
Will Invisible Orthodontics Effect My Speech?
During your earlier stages of treatment, you might experience minor changes in your speech. This usually sorts itself out quickly, though. Anytime an orthodontic appliance interfered between tongue and teeth, be it clear braces, aligners or lingual braces, an adjustment period is necessary.
Will I Have to Watch What I Eat?
It all depends on which treatment you get. With Invisalign aligners, you simply remove the aligners to eat and drink, so no adjustments are really necessary. With clear ceramic and lingual braces, you’ll need to avoid foods that are too hard, too sticky and too chewy.
How Much Will Treatment Cost?
When it comes to invisible orthodontics, the cost is your deciding factor. Each type of treatment, and depending on your needs, carries its own costs. However, we do offer flexible and varied treatment plans to ensure your journey towards a healthier, happier smile doesn’t break the bank!
Start Your Healthy Smile Journey Today
The best way to decide which type of orthodontic treatment is best for you is to book a consultation with Dr. Fine. We’ll asses the health and condition of your teeth and help you choose the best invisible orthodontics for your unique case.
Get in touch with Fine Orthodontics today to book an appointment.