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Once upon a time, a pleasing appearance wasn’t the deciding factor for appliances that straighten teeth. “Metal mouth” (aka traditional braces) was, pretty much, the only look available. Nowadays, we have several options to choose from for those with aesthetics in mind.

Traditional braces are still a good “go-to” appliance for those with complex straightening issues, and your orthodontist may very well insist that they are the best option for you. But, below are some of the more inconspicuous options available.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are basically the same thing as traditional braces—metal brackets, wire, and elastic. Although, the brackets are placed on the internal or backside of the tooth where they cannot be seen.

Damon Braces

Less noticeable than traditional braces, damon braces are sleeker-looking, and more streamlined than traditional braces that have removed the need for elastic banding to hold the wire in place. The effect is that of a single wire across the teeth with tiny, mainly colorless brackets that use a slide mechanism.

Clear Aligners

The most invisible option are clear aligners, but they are only for minor adjustments. Complex orthodontic issues may require the tried and true traditional braces approach. These are custom-made, clear plastic molds that you change out bi-monthly. They can be taken out to eat, and they are almost unnoticeable when worn. Aligners are the choice of people who do not want anyone to see.

If you’d like more education about the different types of braces and aligners, call Dr. Federico Lago and our helpful team at Zicherman, Lago, and Associates, PC. Phone: 978.535.2500, or come by our office in Peabody, Massachusetts.