For most people the prospect of getting braces is something that they’d very much rather avoid. Not only does the idea of having a metal structure installed on ones teeth sound downright unappealing, but the very appearance of braces is often regarded as being unattractive.
However that is really no longer the case
Nowadays bracers come in numerous different varieties – and some of the newer ones really don’t look quite so unattractive. In fact, some are even outright ‘invisible’ and will go practically unnoticed.
Needless to say, these types of bracers are great for anyone who needs to realign their teeth as they’ll provide the benefits of doing so without the drawback of an unsightly appearance. Two of the main varieties that are currently widely in use and fairly popular are:
- Lingual braces
Otherwise known as ‘invisible’ braces, these are actually fairly similar to conventional metal braces but instead of being affixed to the front of your teeth, the brackets and wires will all be on the inside of the teeth instead. While that may seem like a great idea at first, it does come with downsides, and lingual braces are notoriously difficult to clean and can be uncomfortable too.
Unlike lingual braces, Invisalign is an entirely different kettle of fish. It consists of clear plastic aligners that are designed to act as braces while at the same time staying almost completely invisible. Not only are these aligners safer due to the fact that they don’t use metal wires and brackets, but they also tend to be more comfortable and can even be removed easily.
Before you jump the gun and decide that you want either of these ‘not so unattractive’ types of braces, you should know that they can only be used in certain situations. Both lingual braces as well as Invisalign do have limitations in terms of what they can accomplish – and both will be unsuitable when it comes to helping to correct severe misalignments or crooked teeth that are ‘rotated’ out of place.
The best way to find out whether or not you could opt to use one of these types of braces is to consult your dentist. Based on the severity of the problem, the dentist will be able to advise you on which options are open to you – as well as how you can proceed.
For reputable orthodontics Basingstoke be sure to head over to the Park Lane Orthodontics, 65 Park Lane, Tilehurst, Reading RG31 5DP. As orthodontic specialists, they will have the expertise that is needed to provide you with a recommendation on which type of braces would be best (and not-so-unattractive too).