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If you think that the desire for perfectly aligned teeth is a modern obsession, you would be wrong. Primitive braces date back as far as our ancient ancestors, and archaeologists have discovered mummified remains with crude metal bands wrapped around individual teeth. Fortunately, nowadays, anyone seeking to improve their smile using orthodontics will not have to endure the bulky, unsightly braces of the past. Clear or tooth-colored braces and lingual braces are excellent options for older teens and adults who want to discreetly attain their best and most beautiful smile. Learn more about all your options for traditional braces from our Chicago, IL orthodontist below.
All orthodontic appliances work in the same manner—by consistently applying gentle pressure, gradually moving the teeth into proper alignment. When you think of orthodontic treatment, you likely envision small metal brackets with wires connecting them. These popular braces are still widely utilized, but they’re definitely not the only option available.
If you are looking for a less noticeable option, clear or tooth-colored braces may be the perfect choice. Consisting of plastic or ceramic brackets, a slim archwire is the only part that remains visible. For individuals who want their braces to remain completely hidden, lingual braces may be the best alternative. These traditional metal brackets are bonded and wired to the back of the teeth to keep them out of sight.
The newest additions to the orthodontic tool box are removable, clear plastic aligners, like Invisalign. Developed in 2000, this treatment consists of a series of customized clear plastic trays that move your teeth a little bit at a time until you are ready for the next tray in the series. These are an especially good alternative for anyone who wants the flexibility of removing their orthodontic apparatus for a short period of time.
Each of these appliances, removable or fixed, has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. To find out which option is the best choice for you, book a consultation at our Bloomingdale & West Loop locations today.