Orthodontic treatment has come a long way since the days of metal braces; today, contemporary orthodontic treatments are designed to be as unobtrusive and practical as possible so patients can get on with their lives… with confidence.
While metal braces are still an extremely effective way of straightening teeth and achieving a perfect smile, orthodontic treatment options for adults now include Ceramic Braces, Lingual (inside) Braces and Clear Aligners (for example Invisalign / Clear Correct and others).
Whether you’re considering traditional braces or an alternative to braces, only an orthodontist has the training, experience and expert knowledge to be able to offer you the full suite of treatment options and give you the confidence you’re in the best hands.
So what are your options?
Ceramic braces are less noticeable than standard metal braces and have clear or tooth-coloured brackets and optional tooth-coloured wires. While ceramic braces are much less visible, they work in precisely the same way as standard metal braces, producing the same results in the same treatment time, making them a popular choice amongst adults undertaking orthodontic treatment.
Lingual (inside) Braces
Lingual braces are truly invisible – these custom-made braces are attached to the inside surfaces of your teeth, instead of the front. Lingual braces are 100% personalised to follow the individual contours of your teeth, ensuring they are as comfortable and effective as possible. However, because lingual braces are located near the tongue, they can take some time to get used to wearing and will temporarily impact on speech and eating more than regular braces.
Clear Aligners (e.g. Invisalign)
A sequence of clear plastic aligners can provide an alternative to fixed braces for less severe orthodontic problems. Clear aligners are removable and virtually invisible, but are not suited to every patient’s needs.
Traditional metal braces are still the most common type of braces used for kids and teens and they’re also an option for adults, particularly the budget-conscious. With this type of treatment, small metal brackets are attached to the teeth and are then connected with a thin wire, which is adjusted or changed at regular intervals to gradually straighten your teeth and correct your bite - making them a very effective and reliable treatment option. Modern metal braces are much smaller and more comfortable than ever before. In younger patients, you’ll often see them jazzed up with colourful elastic modules to make them fun and fashionable!
Book a consultation with an ASO member orthodontist to find out which is right for your treatment needs and lifestyle.
About this blog
The Australian Society of Orthodontists (ASO) is the peak body for Orthodontists and orthodontic knowledge across Australia.
Orthodontics Australia by the ASO, is the ASO’s public information and advice channel. Our blog and social media platforms have been designed to assist your research efforts and help you understand the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist, your orthodontic treatment options, the results you can expect and the journey along the way.
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We hope you find this resource helpful and it gives you the confidence to take the next step in achieving the smile you’ve always wanted.