Choosing the right kind of braces can feel really overwhelming! After all, you could be stuck with having brackets over your teeth for quite some time, and knowing that you have chosen the best system for your needs and for your aesthetics is important. With so many types of braces systems, it can often be hard to know which one is going to be a good fit for your orthodontics and for your look. This is why so many orthodontists now offer invisible (or nearly invisible) braces systems for many people’s needs. There are a lot of options out there when it comes to your orthodontic needs and when you are specifically looking for clear braces or other types of braces that allow you to mostly prevent people from noticing the braces, a few options come to mind. There are, of course, considerations aside from what you are hoping for. Cost of the various systems, what is covered by insurance, and other factors like what your teeth need can impact which system you land on. Here are a few of the “clear” or invisible systems that are available out there. The team at I-Braces VIP is here to help you figure out which of these systems is going to be the best fit for you and your orthodontic needs:
- Invisalign: This often talked about system has certainly come down in price from when it was first launched and is, in general, much more accessible today than ever before. More and more orthodontists are certified in administering the system, making it easier for patients to access this type of braces as they please. Invisalign works by using a serious of clear, retainer-like aligners to move teeth gradually into position. This system, while beneficial for its near invisible qualities and ability to remove the aligners as needed, is one of the more expensive options and is also best suited for people with minimal orthodontic needs.
- Clear braces: Clear braces use clear plastic brackets rather than the traditional metal ones to place on the teeth. The clear brackets are typically still paired with wires, but the system gives the appearance at a distance of simply wearing a retainer rather than having braces. This system is similar in cost and in function to traditional braces. The downside tends to be that the clear brackets can sometimes yellow over time, so you’ll need to be extra careful to keep them looking clean!
- Ceramic braces: Again, this system functions much like traditional metal braces, but instead of using brackets and wires made of metal, these brackets and wires are ceramic. This changes the appearance, making the braces much less noticeable. Of course, when ceramics are being placed on the teeth, this makes them much more expensive.
- Lingual braces: Traditional metal braces with a twist, these braces live on the backside of the teeth. This means that the fronts of the teeth remain clear while the brackets live on the back, making it easy to get a similar treatment without those brackets sitting on the front of the teeth!