What Are The Most Discreet Orthodontic Options for Adults?

In an ideal situation, every orthodontic treatment would be discreet. Thankfully, there are alternatives to traditional braces that are a priority. Today, Brodsky Orthodontics is prepared to tackle this frequently asked question: What are the most discreet orthodontic options for adults?

Exploring Your Options

In orthodontics, in general, there are three primary alignment methods (and an additional one that we offer). 

  • Metal braces represent the most traditional and, perhaps, the least inconspicuous option commonly offered in orthodontic offices.
  • Ceramic braces present a compelling compromise for many patients. They share a similar methodology with metal braces, but the brackets can be color-matched to blend with the natural color of your teeth.
  • Invisalign is often regarded as the top choice for those seeking a discreet option. These clear aligners snugly fit over your teeth, making them nearly imperceptible, gradually guiding tooth movement as you progress through different sets.
  1. We proudly offer InBrace Hidden Braces, which are unique in that they are placed on the back of the teeth while achieving alignment as effectively as their alternatives. 

How Clear Braces Work

Here are some of the main features of ceramic braces:

  • Material: These braces can be crafted from ceramic, porcelain, or a combination of materials.
  • Translucency: Engineered to be slightly transparent, these braces permit some light to pass through, enabling them to assimilate the natural color of the teeth.
  • Bracket Design: The brackets themselves are typically smaller and boast a more inconspicuous profile compared to traditional metal counterparts, contributing to an overall reduction in visibility.
  • Color-Matching: Our team has the capability to personalize the color, ensuring it matches the natural shade of the patient’s teeth.
  • Coated Wires: In certain instances, tooth-colored wires are employed to further enhance this subtle aesthetic effect.

It is essential to acknowledge that ceramic braces have a slight tendency to stain or discolor. Therefore, maintaining proper oral hygiene practices and attending regular dental check-ups is crucial. Additionally, being mindful of the beverages you consume is important, as drinks like coffee and tea can often lead to staining over time.

What Are The Most Discreet Orthodontic Options for Adults?

How Invisalign Works

Let’s delve further into the mechanics of our most discreet option to elucidate how it achieves such a natural form of treatment. This exploration will shed light on its bespoke nature, highlighting the personalized approach it embodies.

  • Consultation and Treatment Plan: We begin with a meeting with Dr. Joel, Dr. Charles, or Dr. Jeremy which serves to assess the condition of the patient’s teeth, understand their objectives, and determine the viability of Invisalign as a suitable treatment option.
  • Digital Impressions and Treatment Simulation: Instead of employing traditional molds, we utilize advanced 3D digital impressions to scan the teeth. These scans create a virtual model of the patient’s teeth through specialized software, allowing us to simulate the movement process throughout the treatment.
  • Custom Aligner Fabrication: In a laboratory, custom-made, clear plastic aligners are meticulously crafted. Each aligner in the series is uniquely designed to reposition the teeth into their desired locations progressively.
  • Wearing the Aligners: The patient wears each set of aligners for 1-2 weeks, as per our planning. It is crucial to keep them on for 20-22 hours per day, with removal allowed only for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. 
  • Regular Check-Ups: Periodic check-ups are scheduled every 6-8 weeks to monitor progress and provide the subsequent set of aligners. Attendance at these visits is absolutely essential for the success of the treatment.
  • Progressive Tooth Movement: Upon completing the entire series of aligners, the active phase of treatment concludes. Retainers are then introduced to preserve the results achieved by the aligners over the long term.

FAQs About Adult Braces

Navigating adult braces can be unfamiliar terrain for many patients, so we aim to provide extra insights by addressing some additional questions you might have.


Q: Can braces only be for cosmetic reasons?
Braces often address multiple dental issues, not just cosmetic concerns. While cosmetic improvements are a common motivation for adult patients, braces can also correct issues such as misalignment, bite problems, and overall oral health.


Q: Will braces or clear aligners hurt?

It’s typical to experience some discomfort, especially initially, but this is usually temporary. Periodical adjustments, whether with metal or clear braces, may require some adjustment, but the discomfort is manageable.


Q: Are there any age-related challenges to braces?
The duration of treatment may be slightly longer for adults due to higher bone density. However, there are advantages to getting braces at an older age, including better discipline and commitment to the treatment process.

What Are The Most Discreet Orthodontic Options for Adults?

Creating a Transformation

Our team is so proud to meet all of our patients where they are and find the best possible routes for treatment. All concerns are valid, and our doctors are more than happy to address them with you. If you’re looking to begin orthodontic treatment, our Lakewood office is a call away at 562-303-5284.