Are invisible braces the perfect choice?
There are several questions you may have in your mind if you’re thinking about getting your braces done as the initial choice may feel like a big decision. Most of us believe that orthodontic treatments are just aesthetic procedures to enhance self-esteem and physical confidence as they are designed just to improve our smile and appearance.
But in reality, orthodontics can do far more than just provide you with straight teeth and an attractive smile, as it corrects your misaligned or crowded teeth which may affect your speech, resolve bite problems and a number of other issues you almost certainly haven’t considered.
If not just aesthetics, what is the need for braces?
If you have noticed that over a period of time, your teeth have gradually become less straight and have shifted positions, then it may be the right time for you to get your braces on, as there is really no reason why you should live with crooked teeth when you have so many great options for straightening your teeth.
Teeth straightening benefits oral health to a greater extent. It’s hard to keep your teeth clean if they overlap each other and there is a greater risk of developing issues such as tooth decay/cavities and gum diseases as well. You can brush and floss easily and effectively when your teeth are aligned. There are many other benefits to correcting your teeth with braces, which can be read here.
When you have finally decided to get braces, the first thing you may want to consider would be whether you want fixed braces or removable braces? There are many types of braces which are dependent on the material, price and form. We will discuss about Invisible Braces in this article.
What are invisible braces/clear aligners? What are the benefits of Invisible Braces?
Invisible braces are the best alternative to conventional or traditional metal braces, to align your teeth in a matter of months as they are barely and virtually invisible and also removable. As the name suggests, they are invisible! Or simply clear braces, which are not as apparent as metal braces or ceramic braces.
Several key benefits of invisible braces are:
- Removable: Aligner trays can be removed which allows you to eat without the food getting stuck between your teeth. During the treatment, you will be able to brush and floss normally.
- Clear appearance: Most patients prefer invisible braces because the trays are clear and they are hardly noticeable and it’s the best option for adults who have always wanted to straighten their teeth but were too conscious and hesitated to have metal braces due to the appearance. Clear aligners are subtle enough to go unnoticed when a patient is wearing them
- Comfort: There are no brackets which may sometimes create sores in your mouth and they are usually more comfortable than fixed braces
- Cleaning: You can clean the trays by brushing and rinsing the trays in lukewarm water after you eat or drink any food or snacks twice a day.
How long does it take to straighten your teeth using invisible braces?
The length of the treatment varies depending on the patients’ teeth conditions. Usually they are worn for about 22-24 hours a day and most of the cases are completed efficiently in about 8 to 18 months, with fewer dental visits. This will also depend on the patient’s needs and complexity of dental issues.
The trays will move your teeth at a gradual steady pace and the trays are typically changed once every 2 weeks. Visit your dentists for a routine check-up once every 4 to 6 weeks for follow up visits.
Traditional braces versus invisible braces-
Both traditional braces and clear aligners are designed for teeth straightening and to improve oral health to enhance your smile and dental health.
Invisible braces were designed to be invisible!
They are aligner trays that are made of BPA-free clear plastic and are worn over your teeth to fit comfortably and gently move your teeth at a slow pace and gradually straighten your crooked or crowded teeth.
Traditional braces are quite bulky and have sharp edges and ends which may cause irritation on the cheeks, jaws n lips whereas the invisible brace are customized to fit tightly to the teeth and they do not irritate the gums or surrounding tissues in your mouth.
If you would like to determine which type of invisible braces are right for your needs our specialist orthodontists at Credence Dental will suggest and create a right type of treatment plan that will help you achieve your goals for a beautiful younger looking healthy teeth and smile.