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Here Are The Go-To Braces If You Don't Want Others To See Your Orthodontics

Getting orthodontic treatment is one of the most effective ways of treating malocclusion. Unfortunately, conventional/metal braces are a bit of an eyesore. Fortunately, there are other forms of braces that don't stick out as much as the conventional metal braces do. Here are some of the "invisible" braces you can get:

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are invisible in the true meaning of the word, because they sit on the backside of the teeth (tongue side). This is in contrast to other types of braces that sit on the front side of the teeth. This means your lingual braces will not be visible to others even when you smile, unless you open your mouth and the other person is very close.

The invisibility of lingual braces may come at the expense of some comfort. For example, being located inside the mouth, the lingual braces tend to cause tongue irritation in their wearers. Also, eating, speaking, and cleaning the mouth are all more difficult with lingual braces than with other types of braces. However, the difficulties should fade with time as you get used to the braces.


Invisalign braces are made of clear plastic; this is what makes the aligners invisible. When you wear Invisalign aligners, the transparent nature of the material allows your natural teeth color to show through. This means that if you have naturally white teeth, this is what people will still see when you have your Invisalign aligners on. Another advantage of Invisalign is that they are removable (although you should wear them as directed by your orthodontist).

Unfortunately, Invisalign is only perfect for minor to moderate bite issues; it doesn't work as well for severe malocclusion. Invisalign is also relatively more expensive than traditional aligners are.

Teeth-Colored Brackets

The third option is to get teeth-colored brackets that, as the name suggests, are customized to look like your natural teeth color. In some cases, even the attachments used for the braces are designed to be the same color as your natural tooth.

Note that teeth-colored brackets are not exactly invisible; it is just that they don't stand out on your teeth because they are of the same color. Teeth-colored aligners are made from ceramics, and ceramic stains more easily than other types of aligners, which means you should be extra careful to avoid discoloring them.

Therefore, if aesthetics during the treatment is one of your concerns, talk to an orthodontist such as Orthodontic  Smilemaker about the invisible braces discussed above. The orthodontist can also show you pictures of the different braces to help you make an informed decision.