Orthodontic Options For The Appearance-Conscious Adult

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As an adult with misaligned teeth, you may have finally decided that now is the time to have your teeth corrected. Still, you may shudder at thought of how traditional braces can affect your social life and your self-confidence. However, there is no need to forgo your dental alignment because of the impact on your appearance. There are some dental alignment appliances that are practically invisible when worn. Here are a few of them:


As the name suggests, Invisalign invisibly aligns your teeth. The appliance is made of transparent plastic that is rigid enough to hold your teeth in proper position for realignment. The Invisalign system is made up of multiple sets of mouth trays that are worn for a period and then exchanged for a set that makes the teeth even straighter. After all of the sets have been worn for the designated period, your teeth should be aligned correctly.

Before your mouth trays or aligners can be created, a mold of your mouth must be made to serve as a guide. Thus, the system is individualized for your needs.

In addition to Invisalign's effectiveness and lack of impact on your appearance, patients prefer the system because of its removability. The aligners can be placed into the mouth and removed when you desire. You should still leave them out of the mouth for no more than a couple of hours per day, but their removal can make it easier to clean your teeth and gums and enjoy meals.

With traditional braces, you need a threader in order to floss, and brushing can be time-consuming as you navigate around the brackets and archwires. Invisalign allows you to brush and eat as you did before you ever received the orthodontic application.

Braces by the Tongue

Conventional braces are easily visible as soon as your teeth are revealed, because they are attached to the front of your teeth. However, by placing braces on the area of the teeth that is next to the tongue, the appliance can remain hidden from view.

Lingual braces are metal braces with brackets that are next to the the tongue. The brackets are still attached to an archwire with elastic bands, so adjustments can be made throughout the aligning process.

If you have finally decided to have your dental alignment corrected, schedule an appointment with an orthodontist in your area to find the best option for you.


3 March 2017