What Are My Clear Braces Options?

By In Orthodontics December 17, 2017

While traditional metal braces straighten teeth just as effectively as in decades past, there are a variety of other orthodontic treatment options available to those of any age wanting a straight, uniform smile. Many clear brace options straighten teeth without the permanence or conspicuousness of the original method.

Traditional Alignment with Subtlety

When a patient seeking orthodontic treatment chooses braces with clear brackets, it provides them all the benefits of traditional metal braces while being less noticeable. Ceramic braces are similar in size and shape to their metal counterparts, though the brackets and often the wires are tooth-colored to blend in discreetly. Patients should be mindful to practice thorough oral health care, as the ceramic brackets stain easily.

Lingual braces represent another cosmetically-minded approach to teeth straightening. Your oral care professional places these customized metal brackets behind the teeth as opposed to the front surface. Not all dentists and orthodontists offer this option, as installing them is a more intricate process, and treatment throughout tends to be more involved.

Experiencing Orthodontic Innovation

Many dental offices now offer a virtually undetectable way for those with minor malocclusion to have their teeth straightened using aligner trays. The use of clear aligners has revolutionized the orthodontic industry by providing patients a series of customized invisible aligner trays that gently shift your teeth into the correct position. Every two weeks, patients swap their customized tray for the next in the sequence.

Adults and teenagers experiencing minor-to-moderate misalignment are perfect candidates for Invisalign® clear aligners. Invisalign users experience the benefit of being able to remove the trays before eating or brushing and flossing. While results vary based on individual circumstances, this convenient treatment produces desired results in about a year.

For an alternative aligner tray option, patients can choose MTM® Clear•Aligner for minor tooth movement. While MTM is similar in many ways to Invisalign and other clear aligners, it is also unique in that it utilizes an open pathway architecture. While there are many advantages associated with clear aligner trays, not everyone is a good candidate for this treatment, so consult your dental professional to discuss options.

Contact Affordable Dental in Van Nuys

Advancements in orthodontics have resulted in many choices for aligning your teeth. As more adults want to achieve a straighter smile, our dedicated team at Affordable Dental offer several options to achieve this comfortably and discreetly. If you are interested in learning more about clear braces and aligners in Van Nuys, call our office today to set up an appointment.