You’ve spent a lot of time fretting over your family’s health, prodding them to keep everything from hearts to teeth healthy and happy. You’ve been doing it so long you’ve almost started neglecting your own health. Which is why, after taking your youngest for an orthodontic appointment, you decided it would be a good idea for you to have your own appointment.
You’re not opposed to the idea of braces—especially since your kids have gone through the process. You know what to expect and even have the right questions to ask. But your kids got braces as young children. The orthodontist informs you that, as an adult (with a jaw that isn’t still developing), you have more options.
This begets the question: Are hidden braces right for you?
First and foremost, following your orthodontist’s recommendation is important. He or she will let you know your options, and in some cases, hidden braces are not a viable option. Usually, however, there are multiple options that will work for your treatment, and one of which may be clear braces.
Many adults who get braces opt for hidden braces because they are more comfortable with how they look. Unfortunately, many people are embarrassed about adult braces and prefer braces that friends, colleagues, and family will hardly notice.
When it comes to hidden braces, there are a few options.
Ceramic braces are very much like traditional braces—they use brackets attached to the teeth to feed a wire or rubber band that slowly guides teeth into place with regular adjustments. The difference from traditional braces, however, is that the brackets are ceramic, mimicking the colour of your teeth, rather than metal. These require special care when it comes to oral hygiene but are often the least costly option for hidden braces.
Lingual braces are placed on the back of your teeth, hiding them completely from view. When it comes to visibility, this is the best option (as they are almost impossible to be seen); however, the process to install them is the most intensive.
Lingual braces often cost more, as each set must be custom built for your mouth. Over time, gentle pressure will be applied to slowly move your teeth into their proper places.
Invisalign is an effective form of clear aligners. Aligners, though expensive, are the most versatile of hidden braces. You don’t need to worry about changes to your diet or lengthy visits to your orthodontist on a regular basis.
Each week, you’ll start using a new aligner designed for your mouth. Over time, these aligners will adjust your teeth. The benefit of Invisalign is that the aligner doesn’t have to be in your mouth all day. You can remove them as easily as popping out a retainer, making meal times a breeze. They are made of a clear plastic, making the aligner practically invisible in your mouth. They are often considered more comfortable than other permanent braces as well.
Choosing braces is an important decision, but regardless of your choice, the end result is a set of straight teeth that will contribute to your oral and overall health. If you’re looking for hidden braces, ask your orthodontist about these options. He or she is your best ally when it comes to picking an appropriate treatment plan that fits your budget, lifestyle, and orthodontic needs.