As an adult, you might be wary of having a mouth full of metal. But there are a few discreet braces options for adult orthodontic patients. Here are a few options you can discuss with your orthodontist during the next appointment.
Clear Tray Braces
Clear tray braces are perhaps the most popular and well-known type of discreet braces. The trays resemble a rigid retainer and fit tightly over the teeth. You can remove the trays for eating, but your treatment plan will be shorter if you leave the trays in your mouth as much as possible.
You will have to go to the orthodontist periodically to have new trays created based on your current progress. The trays can be combined with whitening solution if you have a staining issue you would like to treat simultaneously.
Clear Wire Braces
Clear wire braces are a newer technology than tray braces. The braces feature brackets and wires as with metal braces but the pieces are clear. This option might prove appealing for those who don't want their entire teeth covered by a clear tray.
The clear wire braces are meant to treat bite issues faster than either metal or tray orthodontics. Bite treatment can occur in as little as six months, though it is important to understand that treatment times will vary with any orthodontic treatment according to your specific bite issue.
Because the clear wire braces are a newer technology, not all orthodontics offers the service. Ask your orthodontist whether these braces are available and if this type of braces could help your bite.
Lingual braces are exactly like metal braces – except that the braces are on the interior of the teeth rather than the exterior. The metal isn't visible to anyone else and you still receive the traditional reliable treatment of metal braces.
Not all bite issues can be corrected with the tray style of invisible braces. So lingual braces are a great alternative. And it is possible that your orthodontist can blend lingual braces with invisible braces afterwards to fix severe bite issues in a multi-faceted approach.
The downside is that lingual brace treatment tends to take longer than traditional braces. The length is due to the direction change of the force applied on the teeth. You will also have to spend more time at the orthodontist's getting the lingual braces put on and adjusted.
For more information, contact a dentist like John C. Matunas D.D.S., PA.