Many orthodontic appliances are often perceived as unaesthetic because they are visible when speaking and laughing. In particular, adult patients often ask for and demand for possibilities of an aesthetic or invisible orthodontic treatment. They often inquire about appliances that have a nice appearance even for the duration of treatment.
This is considered to be one of the most simple and cost-effective options of aesthetic treatments. We also offer tooth-colored ceramic brackets, which are barely visible but still require a shiny metal wire that is definitely visible. This type of bracket is not recommended for extensive treatments because they are extremely brittle and split easily. Most orthodontists offer these brackets.
The Invisalign method is suitable for treatments ranging from a smaller to a medium extent. The so called aligners are thin, transparent molds which are barely noticeable and do not have any impact on speaking. They are only removed for eating, drinking and brushing the teeth and have to be worn all day. We have started utilizing Invisalign as one of the first offices in Germany, treated over 100 patients and know the possibilities and limits of this system quite well. Though little special knowledge is needed, not all orthodontists offer the Invisalign system.
For aligner treatments of a very smaller extent, we do not have our aligners made by Invisalign in the U.S. but by a dental technician in Mannheim. This is a lot more cost-efficient with the same quality. For more extensive treatments Invisalign is to be preferred.
The term “lingual braces” refers to a method where the braces are attached to the backside of the patient’s teeth and are practically invisible from the outside. This method allows the completion of extensive, difficult treatments of adults within a reasonable period of time. Since we have been working with the lingual method since 1999 and completed over 100 treatments, we can assure a smooth course of treatment. The lingual method is challenging in regard to technique and skill. For this reason, only few orthodontists offer the lingual method, and even fewer are really accomplished at it.