Are Invisible Braces Right For You?
Orthodontic treatment used to mean traditional braces with metal brackets and wires applied to each tooth. Straightening your teeth with traditional braces typically involved frequents visits to the orthodontist for tightening and adjustments and possibly an additional apparatus for bite correction.
With advances in orthodontia, “invisible” braces are now an option for those that want an alternative teeth-straightening method. In general, invisible braces work with a series of clear aligners that gradually straighten your teeth without the need for traditional metal braces.
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Benefits of Invisible Braces
One of the primary reasons that people get braces, traditional or invisible, is because having less than straight teeth can lower confidence in your appearance, and especially your smile. At the same time, some people may feel just as self-conscious at the thought of wearing metal braces. Though traditional braces have become much more commonplace, they are still quite noticeable. This can be a drawback for teens and adults that may feel metal braces are too conspicuous for their personal comfort.
“Invisible” braces are not entirely invisible. However, they are clear, plastic aligners that fit over your teeth in a way that is nearly unnoticeable. This offers benefits when it comes to aesthetics and practicality.
Some of the many benefits of invisible braces include:
- Easy-to-wear and effective method of teeth straightening
- Clear, nearly “invisible” aligners
- Less discomfort compared to traditional braces
- Removable aligners to allow for excellent oral hygiene habits such as normal brushing and flossing
The process of invisible braces for teeth straightening takes about a year. Therefore, it’s a commitment just like traditional braces. However, invisible braces are far more comfortable and much less noticeable while wearing.
Are Invisible Braces Right for You?
If you feel teeth straightening may be beneficial for you with invisible braces, the first course of action should be consulting your dental care team. They can provide valuable information about the overall process as well as help you decide if invisible braces are right for your unique needs. Once you and your dental team have decided that invisible braces are a good choice, then you can begin the process of straightening your teeth gradually and inconspicuously, without traditional metal braces.