2 Orthodontic Options That You Will Barely Notice

Posted on: 8 June 2016

If your teeth are not perfectly straight and you are concerned about how braces may affect your appearance, you may be surprised to learn that there are multiple alignment options that are barely noticeable on the teeth. Here are a few of them:

Clear Plastic Aligners

Clear plastic aligners are transparent mouthpieces that helped shift the teeth into proper position. The rigid plastic of the aligners gradually forces the teeth into alignment.

For this orthodontic option, you are prescribed a series of aligning trays. Each set of trays is worn for a couple of weeks before it is replaced by the next set of trays in your treatment plan.

Clear aligners are often preferred because you can easily remove them to make eating meals and brushing your teeth less cumbersome. Nevertheless, if clear aligners are used to straighten your teeth, it is important to wear the aligners for most of the day. In fact, your orthodontist may suggest that you only leave the aligners out of your mouth for no more than a couple of hours

Clear plastic aligners are not for everyone, because they can only be used by people whose palate has completely developed. As a result, they are generally not prescribed for children. However, they tend to be great options for teens and adults.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are aptly named because the brackets of the appliance are positioned on the side of the teeth that is next to the tongue. Nevertheless, the braces do not make it difficult for you to speak clearly or eat.

Due to their positioning, lingual braces are well hidden from view. However, their placement also has other advantages. If you enjoy playing sports that could result in a blow to the mouth, lingual braces can help ensure that your lips don't become snagged or cut by metal brackets. In addition, the braces may be preferred if you are a musician who plays wind instruments. Sometimes, it can be difficult to move your lips into the right position to blow properly when braces are on the front surface of the teeth.

Although lingual braces are not placed in the same manner as conventional braces, the appliance is just as effective at dental alignment. In addition, lingual braces did not have the age restrictions of some other discrete orthodontic options, such as clear plastic aligners.

To learn more, contact a dental office like Smiley Kids Dental. 

To learn more ways to discreetly straighten your teeth, schedule an appointment with an orthodontist in your area.