Congratulations! Now that you have your braces, it is essential for you to know how to properly take care of your braces throughout your entire orthodontic journey.
Metal braces are the most commonly used type of brace. The technology used in making metal braces has come a long way and they are more comfortable and affordable than ever before. Metal braces are made of stainless steel and straighten your teeth using a combination of brackets and archwires. They are also customizable. You can have colored elastic bands to suit your personality and have your braces be more appealing to you.
Ceramic braces offer the effectiveness of metal braces with the benefit of being less visible. This is a great option for patients that are concerned with the cosmetic look of having braces because they aren’t easily noticed, but maintain the effectiveness of metal braces. There are some downsides to ceramic braces, though. Patients have to be more careful and selective in the foods they eat because the ceramic is more brittle than their steel counterparts. Also, because they are larger, ceramics tend to be used more frequently on upper teeth rather than the lower teeth.
Lingual braces are metal braces that are positioned behind the teeth rather than in front. This is nice because it allows the braces to be completely unseen in your mouth. Lingual braces also are completely customized to fit the unique shape of your teeth. This type of brace is recommended for models, athletes, musicians, and professionals.
Invisalign is a set of removable, comfortable, and invisible aligners used to straighten your teeth. Because they are completely transparent, nobody can tell you are wearing them. A major benefit of Invisalign is that they are removable, allowing you to eat and drink whatever you want while in treatment. Brushing and flossing are also much easier. Because the aligners aren’t made of metal, they are also more comfortable and gentle on the mouth.
What Are Clear Or Invisible Braces?
Clear braces and invisible braces are a term that many consumers use when discussing orthodontic options that don’t involve traditional braces. There are many orthodontic options that can be considered clear or braces.
Invisalign: Invisalign is the most common treatment that people cite when saying they want clear or invisible braces. Now invisalign is not considered braces as they don’t involve the brackets and wires. Invisalign uses clear aligners that go almost unnoticed when worn in the mouth. This option also doesn’t have the same restrictions to eating as normal braces do.
Ceramic Braces: Ceramic braces use the traditional technology of braces, however they don’t involve the normal silver, metal look that is common with braces. Rather the colors used for ceramic braces have a color that blends closer to the color of your teeth, offering a better cosmetic experience than that of braces. Ceramic braces however are more brittle than traditional braces and have more restrictions when it comes to eating.
Lingual Braces: Lingual braces are one of the lesser known alternatives for braces. Rather than being positioned in front of your teeth, lingual braces are placed behind your teeth which allows them to be unseen. Because lingual braces are behind the teeth they can have their own versions of discomfort that is not commonly associated with traditional braces, however is still a great option for those who need straightening while still having their smile.
There is no official braces that are known as clear braces or invisible braces. However, there is many options for those who would like to straighten their smile without having to go through the traditional route of metal braces.
All three options above are treatments that are available through Newpark Orthodontics. Therefore, whatever your condition, circumstances or comfortability, we have a variety of orthodontic options available for you to choose from.
When Would Invisible or Clear Braces Not Work?
The different options for invisible braces or clear braces are not always options due to a number of reasons. These can include:
- Severity of Orthodontic Case
- Human Error
We’ll walk through what can cause some people to not be able to take certain invisible or clear braces options.
Invisalign: Currently Invisalign is an option available only for teens and adults. Therefore our younger patients will not have Invisalign as a viable options. In addition, the responsibility of Invisalign is shared by the patient. Patients have to remember to put on their aligners and remember to change them out when they are supposed to. If they forget, it can cause major delays during treatment. Finally, for severe cases, Invisalign is not an option.
Ceramic Braces: While ceramic braces offer a much more aesthetically pleasing experience for those who elect to go the more traditional route of braces, there are two factors that patients should consider. The first being that ceramic braces are more brittle and restrict the foods that you can eat. Therefore patients need to be even more careful than their peers who have traditional braces about what they eat. Second, since ceramic braces are not as common as traditional, the prices can be higher.
Lingual Braces: The benefits of lingual braces are that it helps bring the efficacy of traditional braces while being hidden from plain sight. However, with that lingual can be pricier and like Invisalign, lingual braces is not suitable for those who have more severe cases to fix.
The technology of braces alternatives continues to be improved and refined. Therefore more and more patients are able to choose these clear or invisible braces options. The best way to know what options are available to you are to go to your consultation with an orthodontist.
With the tools and diagnostic equipment they have, they will be able to truly understand if getting a “clear” or “invisible braces” is an option for you.