Just as you thought you knew all the trends New Yorkers have picked up, there’s another one lying just under your radar — clear braces for individuals requiring dental correction. And no surprise, because clear braces are hardly noticeable until someone removes them before their meal — and they usually do it so discreetly that you wouldn’t even realize anyway. And we haven’t even started talking about the braces which are completely hidden from view. Curious to find out more? Read on and see which of these options for invisible braces is best suited for you.
Lingual Braces or Hidden Braces
Lingual braces are sometimes known as ‘bracers behind the teeth’. They work in a similar way to traditional metal wire braces, but they are placed behind the teeth instead of in front. Nevertheless, they are just as effective in realigning adult teeth, while remaining almost completely hidden. Lingual braces are quite a popular choice for New Yorkers as they are super effective yet do not compromise on outward appearance.
With lingual braces, however, treatment takes the longest of the other options available because the brackets are glued to the lingual (tongue) side of the teeth, hence they tend to move the teeth more gradually than otherwise. In other aspects such as the procedure for putting them on, the cleaning process and so on, this option is identical to that of getting normal braces.
Invisalign or Invisible Braces
Invisalign is probably the most trendy option for bracers users who also want to maintain their image and lifestyle — usually, working professionals. With Invisalign, patients get a custom molded plastic brace for upper and lower teeth, which they have to wear for 22 hours a day. As the plastic brace is transparent, it is hardly noticeable. Many adults in New York choose this option for realigning their teeth.
The benefits of using Invisalign, aside from it being almost completely discreet, is that you are also able to keep eating all your favorite foods, stay active in sports and activities you enjoy, and there is no hassle or danger of wires and brackets breaking, requiring you to make emergency trips to the dentist.
Traditional and Clear Retainers
Retainers are used as the last phase of orthodontic treatment. After the braces have been removed, the teeth may shift back to their original position without anything to stop them from doing so. This is why patients are required to wear retainers following braces treatment in order to maintain their beautiful smile as well as continued oral health. While traditional retainers are made of a metal wire that surrounds the teeth, there is also the option of clear retainers which are much more trendy and more people are comfortable to wear them in public.
Choosing an experienced doctor is also a crucial step in getting the best kind of treatment that you deserve. Find out more about doing Invisalign braces with Dr Alex Rubinov, an experienced dentist in NYC.