What are my options to straighten my smile/bite?
Metal braces are the most common option that is available to everyone who is looking to obtain a proper smile and bite. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. With the advancement in the field of Orthodontic, we have now the option of using self-ligating brackets (Damon Brackets) that allow more control during treatment than traditional brackets and thought to minimize pressure and pain associated with tooth movement.
Self-ligating brackets are available in clear material as well (Damon Clear) and have the aesthetic advantage of being less visible on your teeth than metal braces. Although they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention when it comes to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth. They are also more prone to staining from red wine and certain spices.
Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements Dr. Nizam plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won't even know you're straightening your teeth.
Lingual Braces (Incognito)
Lingual braces are invisible and are placed on the back side (tongue side) of the teeth, and they are not visible from the front. Working just like traditional braces, lingual braces eventually straighten a patient's teeth within the same amount of time metal braces would. Cuts and sores on the inside of your mouth are more likely, as well as difficulty speaking when they are first put on. These are usually more expensive because the treatment is more specialized.