What Are The Most Discreet Orthodontic Options for Adults?

In an ideal scenario, every orthodontic treatment would go unnoticed. Fortunately, there are alternatives to traditional braces that emphasize subtlety. Today, Icon Orthodontics is ready to address this commonly asked question: What are the most discreet orthodontic options for adults?

Exploring Your Options

There are three primary types of alignment methods in orthodontics: metal braces, clear braces, and clear aligners. Here’s a deeper explanation:

  • Damon Metal Braces are the most traditional optional. Metal brackets can stand in contrast to our teeth, therefore being more visible.
  • LightForce Custom Braces are a specialized option boasting a highly bespoke fit, and they are 3D-printed to fit your teeth individually. Brackets are made of a polycrystalline material that blends in better with teeth than traditional metal brackets.
  • Invisalign is often regarded as the top choice for individuals seeking a discreet orthodontic option. These snugly conform to your teeth, making them nearly invisible, and they gradually guide tooth movement as you progress through various sets.

About LightForce Braces

Here are some of the main features of this versatile option:

  • Precise Planning: These braces are carefully planned and designed digitally, ensuring precision from start to finish.
  • Highly Customized: Each bracket is designed for each tooth. This means being able to embody dental anatomy with an uncanny fit. 
  • Predictable Outcomes: Thanks to the entirely digital process, orthodontists are provided with a high level of predictability in the outcome of the treatment, which also helps to keep patients in the loop.
  • Reduced Duration: This precision also means expedited results. It can lead to a more prompt finish time than metal alternatives.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: Based on your preference, these can be made quite discreet. A lot of adult patients prefer this subtle approach to alignment.

What Are The Most Discreet Orthodontic Options for Adults?

About Invisalign 

Let’s explore the mechanics of Invisalign, our most inconspicuous option. Invisalign operates on a series of clear, custom-designed aligners made from a smooth, transparent plastic material. The treatment process involves the following key elements:

  • Consultation and Treatment Plan: This initial meeting with our team aims to assess the condition of the patient’s teeth, understand their objectives, and evaluate the suitability of Invisalign as a treatment choice.
  • Digital Impressions and Treatment Simulation:  Instead of relying on traditional molds, we utilize advanced 3D digital impressions for scanning the teeth. These scans create a virtual model of the patient’s teeth through specialized software, allowing us to simulate the movement process during the entire treatment.
  • Custom Aligner Fabrication: In a specialized laboratory, clear plastic aligners are meticulously crafted to be uniquely tailored. Each aligner in the series is designed to progressively reposition the teeth into their desired locations.
  • Wearing the Aligners: The patient adheres to our planned schedule, wearing each set of aligners for 1-2 weeks. It is crucial to maintain them for 20-22 hours per day, with removal permitted only for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.
  • Regular Check-Ups: Scheduled every 6-8 weeks, these periodic check-ups monitor progress and provide the subsequent set of aligners. Attendance at these visits is imperative for the treatment’s success.
  • Progressive Tooth Movement: With the completion of the entire series of aligners, the active phase of treatment concludes. Subsequently, retainers are introduced to preserve the achieved results over the long term.

FAQs About Adult Braces

Embarking on the journey of adult braces can be an uncharted path for many patients, so we offer supplementary guidance. Dr. Sun and Dr. Sarpotdar want to address some additional questions you might have. 

Q: Can braces only be for cosmetic reasons?
Braces frequently tackle various dental issues, extending beyond cosmetic considerations. While many adult patients are motivated by cosmetic enhancements, braces can also rectify problems like misalignment, bite issues, and overall oral health concerns.

Q: Will braces or clear aligners hurt?

It’s common to encounter some discomfort, particularly in the initial stages, but this is typically temporary. Periodic adjustments, whether with metal or clear braces, might necessitate some adaptation, yet the discomfort is generally manageable.

Q: Are there any age-related challenges to braces?
The treatment duration may be somewhat extended for adults due to higher bone density. Nevertheless, there are notable advantages to opting for braces in adulthood, including heightened discipline and commitment to the treatment process.

What Are The Most Discreet Orthodontic Options for Adults?

A Lasting Impact

We take immense pride in meeting our patient’s individual needs and identifying the most effective paths for their treatment. We’re committed to listening to your concerns and finding the best possible options for you. Should you be contemplating orthodontic treatment, you can schedule a free smile exam with our Surprise office at (623) 257-7461 or our Glendale office at (602) 362-9091.