When you think about braces, what’s the mental picture you have in your head? Most of us picture traditional metal braces which attached to your teeth with a dental cement and moved the teeth into position using a system of wires. Those braces had a lot of drawbacks. They were expensive, time-consuming to put on, and required a lot of care and maintenance on a daily basis. Plus, they really limited what the patient was allowed to eat and drink while they were wearing them. Fortunately, orthodontics has come a long way in the last couple decades and new innovations have lead to teeth-straightening solutions that eliminate a lot of the issues that traditional braces had. Even those metal braces have been improved; there is still a time and place for that method of teeth straightening, but patients today won’t undergo the same difficulties as those who wore metal braces ten or twenty years ago. But the innovations didn’t stop there! Today, there are many teeth-straightening methods that don’t require metal braces at all.

One of the biggest innovations in orthodontics is the emergence of both clear braces and hidden braces. These options eliminate the embarrassment of wearing a mouth full of metal braces with sacrificing the quality of the treatment. If you’ve been avoiding braces because you don’t want to deal with metal braces, then it’s time to learn more about modern orthodontics and the options that are available for fixing your teeth.

New Innovations for Straightening Your Teeth

Incognito – Hidden Lingual Braces

Incognito braces take traditional metal braces to the next level. Instead of being on the outside of your teeth for all the world to see these braces are set on the inside of your teeth, nearest your tongue. They still use the combination of wires and brackets like those traditional braces, but because of their placement, there are practically invisible. It’s an absolutely genius idea, and once you see how they work, you’ll wonder why braces were like this from the very beginning!

Invisalign for Adults and Teens

Invisalign is probably the most well-known option when it comes to hidden braces. It’s a great option for both teens and adults who want to straighten their teeth but don’t want to (or can’t) wear metal braces. This system uses a series of clear trays to move your teeth into the desired position. Each tray is specifically molded to your teeth and you’ll need to wear them during the day and night, only removing them to eat and clean your teeth.

Ceramic Clear Braces

These braces use smaller, ceramic brackets to help move your teeth into the desired position. Because they are clear and made to blend with the natural color of your teeth, it’s virtually impossible to notice that they are there. This is a great option for patients who are concerned about comfort; with no metal pieces to rub on the gums, there is little chance of irritation.

Which Option is Right for Your Teeth?

With so many options available for teeth straightening, it can be difficult to know which option is right for your specific situation. When researching your options, you’ll want to think about factors such as:

  • How much is your budget? These treatment options come with different price tags, so you’ll want to consider how much you are willing and able to pay for a perfect smile. Don’t forget that there are financing options available to break your treatment down into smaller payments, so don’t assume you should pick the cheapest option.
  • Is visibility a concern? Some options are discreet while others are virtually impossible to detect. Your profession or an upcoming event may mean that you can’t have any trace of braces; in that case, one of the hidden options is best.
  • Do you have any metal sensitivities? Lingual braces still use metal brackets on the back of your teeth to move them into place. If you have a sensitivity to metal, this won’t be the option for you. If your gums are especially sensitive, then you’ll want to avoid metal braces as well.
  • Are you okay with restricting certain kinds of foods? Some options will require that you avoid sticky or especially hard foods because they can damage your braces or increase your chances of developing problems. If you can’t or don’t want to restrict your food options, then there are hidden braces options that allow you to eat and drink normally.

The best way to determine which option is right for you is to make an appointment with our orthodontist in San Francisco. During a consultation, Dr. Riano will be able to go over all of the options with you, offering advice on which option could be the best method for helping you acheive a perfect smile. You’ll also be able to ask questions and get answers that can help you choose the method that’s right for you.

Ready to make an appointment for your consultation? Get in touch with our team. You can give us a call or contact us through our website. You can also schedule a new patient appointment right through our website! We offer a variety of times so you can pick one that works with your busy schedule. You’ll be able to book and confirm your appointment instantly online. We’re looking forward to seeing you in our San Francisco office soon for your consutlation on hidden braces options!