Nobody has a perfect mouth, but some require more dental work than others to get them to their ideal look and functionality.

If you’re one of the many patients who have crooked teeth, crowded teeth, misaligned jaws or large gaps between teeth, you’ve likely heard you need braces.

“No, not braces! I’m going to look horrible! I’m going to look like a middle school kid!” you think to yourself.

If the thought of wearing unsightly braces wasn’t bad enough, you’re told you may have to wear them for at least a year.

You want a straight smile, but wish there was another way.

Braces have been around for a while, being an effective way to straighten one’s smile.

Now, you don’t have to wear the painful, irritating and unsightly metal braces.

It is called Invisalign braces, or invisible braces.

You’re very self-conscious about the appearance of your smile. Is Invisalign truly invisible? Sounds too good to be true.

How Invisible is Invisalign?

The Invisalign orthodontic treatment is composed of two clear, plastic trays that fit over your teeth. They are held in place with “attachments.” Attachments are tiny lumps of dental bonding that help redistribute the chewing forces onto the trays. Buttons are the anchor points for elastic bands and are generally used for more severely crooked teeth.

Invisalign has become a popular option for teens and adults who need minor tooth straightening and alignment because it is nearly invisible. They are also more comfortable and less painful than traditional braces.

So Invisalign isn’t completely invisible?

Right.

From a distance, Invisalign appears invisible, but people may notice their presence when you’re in close contact.

Why Isn’t Invisalign Completely Invisible?

While the clear plastic trays come close to making Invisalign invisible, there are some factors that give it away. These tip-offs include:

Visible Invisalign Components

The clear, plastic trays are the only parts of the Invisalign treatment that is nearly impossible to see. The attachments and buttons that provide comfort, stability and proper alignment of the trays can be clearly visible to others.

Halo Effect

Your Invisalign trays will be made to closely fit your teeth as best as possible. However, there will likely be a “halo effect” around your teeth. This is caused by the slight gap between the edges of your teeth and the Invisalign tray. Your teeth will look like they are wrapped in plastic.

The halo effect isn’t one to worry about unless you have a lot of up-close contact with others.

Extra Shiny Teeth

The clear, plastic Invisalign trays in most cases, are nearly invisible. That is what makes their appeal so great. The plastic trays, do occasionally have unintended drawbacks. These clear trays can, appear extra shiny when light hits them at the right angle.

This will make your teeth look usually shiny, which will be a clue that you’re wearing them.

Stuck Debris in the Mouth

If you have noticeable gaps between prominent teeth, food and saliva can get stuck there which will be visible with the clear plastic trays.

Speech Impediment

While effort is make to ensure that the Invisalign trays will have the best fit for your teeth, their fit may not be perfect. The slight misfit may cause tiny, potentially noticeable alterations in your speech and chewing. These impediments may or may not be readily noticeable to others.

While Invisalign is the best option for dental patients with orthodontic needs who don’t want to deal with the pain, discomfort and unsightly appearance of traditional braces, it isn’t completely invisible.

There are some noticeable and not-so-noticeable tip-offs that give away its presence.

If you’re a candidate for Invisalign, contact Hazzouri Dental today to set up a consultation.