Braces are a great way to straighten out your smile but are very noticeable to others. Most people will start to notice that something is up if your teeth start shifting into a normal alignment, but that doesn't mean that they have to know you have braces. If you want adult orthodontic treatment but don't want everyone you meet to see them, there are now options for you. Here's a look at what your choices are.
Invisible braces are all the rage these days because of their clear nature. Invisible braces, unlike traditional braces, are made entirely out of a transparent plastic that wraps over your teeth and slowly shifts them into alignment. This completely differs from the standard bracket and wire system of traditional braces that can make smiles look unsightly until they come off.
Invisible braces are also popular because they can be removed at any time. This means that you can eat whatever you want to and take care of your oral health easily, rather than needing to take special steps to clean around your braces.
However, it's worth noting that invisible braces aren't for everyone. If you have severe alignment defects, an underbite or overbite, invisible braces may not be the solution you're looking for.
In this instance, the next best thing you can do is to ask your orthodontist about sublingual braces.
As the name implies, sublingual braces are hidden near your tongue, rather than mounted on the front of your teeth. The wires and brackets are put on the backside of your teeth, hiding them completely from view. This allows you to get all the benefits of braces without anyone knowing about it.
Sublingual braces are great for those who have mild smile defects to extreme ones. They're capable of doing everything that traditional braces can, which makes them a great choice if you want to fix an overbite or underbite.
Getting braces these days doesn't mean that you have to have an unsightly smile for months or even years anymore. Instead, you can choose one of these options and start working towards a straight line of teeth that you can feel proud of. Straightening your teeth may also have added benefits, like improving your speech quality by eliminating lisps or mumbling, and may even make chewing certain foods easier for you if you have a bad underbite or overbite. So what are you waiting for? Get in touch with an orthodontist and start planning to get braces now.