Braces are one of the common orthodontic treatments for a crooked smile or misaligned teeth, but they’re not the only option. If you’re looking for an alternative to traditional braces, consider invisible braces.
Invisible braces or invisible aligners are (almost!) completely invisible and are made from clear plastic or ceramic that are designed to be less noticeable than their metal counterpart. These treatment options work by gradually moving your teeth into the desired position over time.
Let’s learn more about how an invisible aligner works and the benefits these treatment options offer.
What are Invisible Braces?
Invisible braces are a type of orthodontic treatment that uses clear plastic or ceramic brackets to straighten teeth.
Invisible braces are less visible than the metal kind and are more popular with adults who are looking for a more discreet option. These types of aligners work by using gentle pressure to move your teeth into the correct position throughout your treatment. You may need to wear this type of aligner for six months to two years, depending on the complexity of each case.
What are Clear Aligners?
Clear aligners are a kind of invisible braces used to straighten teeth. They are made of clear, lightweight plastic that is virtually undetectable when worn. These plastic aligners are known to be an alternative to metal aligners and can be utilised to treat a wide range of oral or dental conditions and improve oral health.
There are different forms of clear aligners, such as Invisalign braces and clear braces. All these types of aligners work in the same way. Clear aligners and all of their forms are custom-made for each person and must be worn for at least 22 hours every day.
These aligners are known to be very comfortable to wear and can be removed for eating, drinking, brushing and flossing. They need to be cleaned regularly and should be stored in their case when not being worn.
How do they work?
A clear aligner treatment will help shift your teeth into the proper position by providing moderate pressure to them. Each aligner is thoroughly custom-made for your teeth and must be worn for two weeks before being changed by the next in the series.
The length of time a patient may need to wear clear aligners will vary depending on the severity of their misalignment and treatment. Most patients will need to wear them for at least six months, but some may need to wear them for up to two years.
The clear aligner should be worn in the mouth for at least 22 hours a day. And they can be easily removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. They should be cleaned regularly and stored in their case when not worn.
What are the Benefits?
Invisalign, one of the most popular kinds of clear aligner treatment, is an effective way to straighten your teeth and can be used to treat a wide variety of dental conditions. There are some benefits of this treatment that make it a popular choice for adults. Some of which include:
One of the main benefits of having clear braces is that they are nearly invisible when worn. If you don’t want people to know that you are having treatment to straightening your teeth, this treatment is a good option. These plastic aligners are less visible than the traditional ones and are more popular with adults who want a more cosmetic option.
Another benefit of this orthodontic treatment is that they are removable. This makes them more comfortable to wear and easier to care for than the traditional kind. You can remove or take them out of your mouth to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Keep in mind that when removing your aligners, you should put them back in as soon as possible to avoid delaying your treatment.
Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligners are custom-made for your teeth using 3D imaging technology. This means that they will fit your teeth perfectly. This gives you peace of mind knowing that you’re getting the best possible orthodontic treatment option for your smile.
If you are looking for a comfortable way to straighten your teeth, this treatment is a good option. These aligners are produced from smooth, comfortable plastic that will not irritate your gums or cheeks as traditional metal braces can.
With traditional braces (metal), you will have to visit the specialist orthodontist for adjustments every few weeks throughout your treatment. With an invisible aligner, you won’t need to visit the orthodontist as often because there are no wires or brackets that need to be adjusted. You will only be asked to visit the orthodontist every few months to check on the progress of your smile. This can save you time and money in the long run.
Length of Orthodontic Treatment
The length of this orthodontic treatment can sometimes take shorter than the traditional kind. Most patients will need to wear clear aligners for six months to two years, while treatment with metal braces can take anywhere from 18 months to over two years.
In some cases, this orthodontic treatment may even be used as a “touch-up” treatment after you have completed orthodontic treatment with metal braces. This can help you achieve the final results you desire for your smile.
Straighten your teeth at Smile Team
If you are considering or looking for an effective teeth-straightening solution, our clear braces may be a good option for you. Invisalign is a type of invisible brace that uses gentle pressure to move your teeth into the correct position. They are nearly invisible when worn and can be removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.
A clear aligner should be worn for at least 22 hours a day but can be removed for eating, drinking, or even special occasions. This type of braces is an effective way to achieve the perfect smile in as little as six months.
If you are interested in learning more about our clear aligners at Smile Team and if it will help you get that confident smile, contact your local Smile Team clinic to discuss your oral health plan and treatment option.