Getting braces may seem daunting or unfeasible for adults and older teenagers with misaligned teeth. Traditional braces involve metal brackets and wires on each tooth and regular visits to the orthodontist for tightening and adjustments. However, recent advancements in orthodontic treatment have given rise to alternatives to traditional braces. One such option is “invisible” braces, which offer an alternative teeth-straightening method. These clear aligners gradually straighten teeth without the use of metal brackets and are an excellent orthodontic option for adults and older teenagers.
Having less-than-straight teeth can have an aesthetic and emotional impact on both adults and teenagers. Metal braces can evoke self-consciousness in those who have never had them. While traditional braces are commonly used among early adolescents, they may be too noticeable for adults and older teens. On the other hand, “invisible” braces are transparent, plastic aligners that fit over teeth and straighten them gradually over a series of aligners. These aligners offer several benefits, including practicality and aesthetic appeal.
Some advantages of invisible braces include their ease of wear, effectiveness in teeth straightening, and clear, nearly “invisible” appearance. Compared to traditional braces, they are also less uncomfortable and removable, allowing for better oral hygiene practices such as brushing and flossing. Ultimately, the teeth straightening process with invisible braces takes about a year and requires a commitment similar to traditional braces. However, they are more comfortable and less noticeable while wearing.
If you’re considering invisible braces, it’s never too late to start straightening your teeth. Consulting with our dentist is the first step towards getting valuable information about the process and determining whether invisible braces are suitable for your unique needs. Once you decide that invisible braces are the right choice, you can begin the process of straightening your teeth gradually and inconspicuously without traditional metal braces.