3 Orthodontic Options That Are More Discreet Than Traditional Metal Braces

Adults who need braces have multiple orthodontic options that are much more discreet than traditional braces. Here are a few of them:

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are applied to the side of the teeth that is not seen when a person smiles or speak. Since the brackets of these braces lie next to the tongue, they are difficult to discern in the mouth. This makes this type of alignment option suitable for adults who do not want their orthodontic appliance to be very noticeable in their mouth.

Since lingual braces are not applied to the outer surface of the teeth, they are less cumbersome for the lips. The wearer can move his lips in the normal manner, so playing a wind instrument or even kissing is not difficult. A full set of lingual braces is usually priced between $8,000 and $10,000.

Traditional Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are fashioned in the same manner as traditional braces. However, the brackets are made of ceramic material that is the same color as the patient's teeth. Due to the discreet look of ceramic braces, they are sometimes called clear braces.

Ceramic braces still cost more than traditional braces. They are typically price at $4,000 to $8,000 for a full set. However, traditional metal braces usually cost between $3,000 and $7,000.

If ceramic braces are too expensive for your budget, ask your orthodontist about possibly applying the ceramic brackets only to the teeth that are easily seen by an observer. Metal braces can be applied to the back teeth.

Ceramic Damon Braces

Damon system braces use brackets that are smaller than those of traditional braces. In addition, this alignment system straightens teeth up to six months faster than traditional braces do. Still, Damon system braces are available in ceramic. All the benefits of Damon braces are still received while the braces are barely noticeable in the mouth. 

Ceramic Damon braces cost about $3,800 to $8,000, but the actual price will depend on the patient's specific needs.


Invisalign does not use brackets at all to straighten the teeth. Instead, this alignment system uses clear, plastic aligning trays to straighten the teeth. The patient uses a new set of aligners every couple of weeks. This allows the teeth to be progressively straightened quickly.

In addition, Invisalign trays are removable, so they do not need to be worn when the patient eats or brushes his or her teeth. Invisalign aligners are usually most suitable for teens and adults because this alignment system requires that the palate of the patient be fully grown. The cost of Invisalign is usually $4,000 to $7,400.

For more information, contact Janzen Janzen & Chwa Orthodontics Ltd or a similar location.