How To Get Braces Without Having Them Impact Your Appearance

Whether you previously had braces as a child or this is your first time considering them, it's understandable if you don't want everyone to see a mouthful of metal as their first impression of you. However, that doesn't mean that you have to give up on braces. There are lots of options now that make braces far less noticeable while still providing the results that you expect. Here are three options for adult orthodontic treatment:

Invisible Braces

Invisible braces are something that you've probably seen advertised at one time or another. Invisible braces are made out of clear plastic and look like a dental retainer. Instead of just sitting on the front of your teeth and pulling the teeth into a position with wires, they instead encapsulate the teeth entirely and slowly start to move them into place based on their pre-molded shape. The slots that your teeth fit into put gentle pressure on the teeth, pushing or pulling them in the direction that they need to go. You'll trade out invisible braces every time one starts to fit completely perfectly so that you can get one step closer to having straight teeth.

Clear Braces

Despite the name, clear braces aren't the same thing as invisible braces. Clear braces are like traditional braces, except that they're made out of clear plastic. They have brackets that mount to the front of your teeth and clear plastic wires that slide between them to move your teeth.

Clear braces aren't completely unnoticeable, but they are far less noticeable than traditional metal braces. Unless someone is carefully studying your teeth, they're unlikely to notice that you have braces. This makes them a good choice if you're not eligible for invisible braces

Sublingual Braces

Your last option is great if you need the power of standard metal braces and can't get invisible braces as a result. Sublingual braces, as the name indicates, are mounted on the back of your teeth instead of the front. They're made of metal and use metal wires, which gives them all the strength of traditional braces. However, nobody will be able to see them because your teeth will be in the way!

With these types of braces available to you, chances are you can find something that doesn't impact your appearance while still letting you get the straight teeth that you're looking for. Talk to an orthodontist about these options to find out which one is right for your situation.