Today's parents had far fewer options when they were teenagers; they were just the standard metal braces available back then. Your children now have a variety of different brace options to choose from. Tooth-colored ceramic brackets and a white wire make ceramic braces an attractive option for many patients. Also known as transparent braces, ceramic braces are virtually invisible.
Ceramic braces are a popular choice for adults who prefer a subtle look compared to metal braces. They are also ideal for those who like to take pictures or attend important events with braces. Lingual braces, also known as interior braces, are custom-made braces designed to fit the contour of the inside of each tooth. A wire attaches the brackets together and places the teeth in their position by pulling from the inside.
Lingual braces may take longer to fit than traditional braces, as each support must be tailor-made. Appointments with lingual braces may also need to be more frequent and last longer than traditional braces. Lingual braces may also be more difficult to keep clean and may affect speech in some patients. Lingual braces are more common among adults who are aware of how they will look with traditional braces, especially in the workplace.
Lingual braces are virtually undetectable, but users may need to use elastic bands that people can see. Invisalign is one of the newest options available. The patient uses a series of personalized plastic trays for two weeks each, which slowly move the teeth to the preferred position. The aligners are practically invisible and are more comfortable to wear, since they have no metal parts that can rub against the gums and the inside of the mouth.
The patient does not need to make any changes to their diet and can clean their teeth as they always have because Invisalign retainers are removed for eating and cleaning. In our experience, some patients worry unnecessarily about how they will look with orthodontic appliances. They may remain self-conscious about braces long after everyone else has forgotten about them. If you're worried about the appearance of braces, consider using lingual or ceramic braces that are invisible or barely noticeable.
Because of the technology needed to customize the brackets and the time it takes to manufacture them in the laboratory, the cost of lingual orthodontic appliances is higher than that of other orthodontic treatments. Ceramic appliances are more expensive than metal ones due to the materials. If you're thinking about using Invisalign, you should ask yourself if you'll be disciplined enough to wear them at least 23 hours a day every day. Every time you want to eat something, the personalized trays are removed and placed back in your mouth shortly after eating.
The trays are replaced every two weeks, so if a set isn't used as often as it should, the treatment is at risk. Invisalign is a good option for straightening teeth, but it is not suitable for more complex cases involving an underbite and intense crowding, for example. Nor does Invisalign routinely refine the final positions of the teeth as effectively as braces. Complex orthodontic cases are best treated with braces.
The continuous pressure of the wire arch of orthodontic appliances slowly moves the teeth to the desired position over time. The wire arch is anchored to the teeth with brackets to keep it in place, allowing a multitude of problems to be solved. Occasionally, the patient may consider Invisalign for most of the treatment and complete the refinement of tooth positions with fixed braces. The final result can be determined by the treatment method you choose.
Invisalign is becoming increasingly popular among adults today due to its temporary nature; you can always remove them when brushing your teeth or eating. Unlike traditional orthodontic appliances, aligners are partially invisible and make it easier to chew and clean your teeth. In the past, traditional orthodontic appliances were popular; however, over time these appliances have advanced and do not contain an elastic band on each tooth. Nowadays, one of the modified models of conventional orthodontic appliances is transparent ceramic braces; they put more pressure on teeth and jaws but aren't invisible if you want that option.
Just about everyone you meet will notice that you have braces on; however, this inconvenience can always be overlooked due to their quick orthodontic treatment results. Above all, conventional orthodontic appliances are a good alternative for adults due to their stiff jaws and teeth needing a lot of pressure to get into their proper place. Another common type of orthopedic appliance for adults is lingual braces; these appliances are similar to traditional orthodontic appliances but placed on the inside of teeth making them less visible compared to conventional orthodontic appliances. Most orthodontists have to examine your teeth to identify the exact size of lingual braces you'll need; however, lingual braces are more expensive and may take longer for them to deliver expected results than other types of braces.
Orthodontic patients generally find that ceramic braces are more comfortable than metal ones due to high-quality materials being non-abrasive and not irritating gums or sides of mouth (a common complaint among users of metal braces). After wearing ceramic braces for a few weeks (usually two to four weeks) you shouldn't feel any pain; praised in world of orthodontics, Invisalign braces bring many benefits such as being virtually invisible making it easier for people who feel self-conscious about their appearance while wearing traditional braces. The downside is that metal braces are more likely cause discomfort while materials also inevitably leave metallic taste in mouth.