It's understandable that many adults considering orthodontic treatment have their hearts set on getting Invisalign or similar invisible braces treatments. This attitude is understandable, as most adults want orthodontic options that have as little impact on their lives as possible. Unfortunately, not every patient is a good candidate for treatment with aligner trays and will probably get better results with traditional braces. "Traditional" does not necessarily mean the metal brackets and colorful rubber bands that you may see on children and teens, though. There are many less conspicuous options that can provide you with your desired results.
Less visible braces include:
- Ceramic – Similar to traditional metal braces, this option features tooth-colored brackets made from a material that appears translucent.
- iBraces – Also known as lingual braces, they are applied completely behind the teeth and are practically invisible to most observers.
- Self-litigating – Instead of using rubber bands, this braces option uses a clip to hold the wire in place.
It's important to remember that the success of your orthodontic treatment depends not on the type of braces used, but the skill and experience of your orthodontist and your willingness to follow his or her instructions. Newer types of braces may be smaller or more convenient than traditional types, but that does not necessarily make them better. In addition, certain types of orthodontic appliances — like lingual braces — can only be installed by orthodontists trained in their use.
If your orthodontist says that you are not a good candidate for an invisible aligner, it's okay to ask questions about why it won't work. You'll get a better understanding of his or her approach before your treatment begins.