Invisible Braces: The Clear Way To Get That Killer Smile
Getting your teeth aligned and being able to showcase those pearly whites won’t be as gruesome of a process that you previously thought. Say no more to a mouth full of unsightly metal brackets and wires. You now have better options to choose from that won’t cut down your confidence. Invisible braces offer a finer view to orthodontic treatments. They are barely visible and most of the time, people looking at your smile wouldn’t notice your wearing braces at all. Conventional braces won’t be able to do this, but newer, invisible ones will.
Unfortunately, invisible braces are not suited for treating complicated teeth misalignment, which means you won’t be going incognito if your teeth are heavily out of place. However, it can still resolve some teeth issues including, overbite, crooked teeth, and wide tooth gaps.
Younger patients are automatically disqualified from wearing this type of braces. Only older teens and adults are fit to wear these braces. However, you will still undergo screening to see whether you are a perfect match. It also takes a lot of dedication and focuses on wearing these braces as they need to remain attached to the teeth at least 22 hours each day and should not be lost at all costs. You can pick from either three types of invisible braces, namely inside braces, ceramic brackets, and clear aligners.
Ceramic Braces – Made from softer materials than metal braces, but offer better aesthetics. Ceramic brackets are also bigger than traditional braces. It uses small rubber bands or better known as ligatures to hold the brackets to the archwire. Just like metal braces, ceramic brackets are non-removable throughout the treatment process. It also comes with the same slight drawbacks including, discomfort, irritation, and a more complicated cleaning routine. Since they are using softer materials, installation takes longer. They are also a lot more expensive than metal brackets, which is why some patients choose to have ceramic braces only on teeth that are most visible.
Inside Braces – If you want to have completely invisible brackets, inside braces are for you. Unlike ceramic and metal braces, inside braces are placed at the back of the teeth, hence the name. Having them requires a 3D scan of the inside of your mouth. The brackets are customized and fitted for each patient. They are perfect for patients who maintain a public image as they are kept well hidden. Some drawbacks include possible speech impairment. However, this is only after the first few days when the patient is still getting used to the braces. Inside braces can be used along with elastics to hasten the treatment.
Clear Aligners – These aligners are nearly invisible and are hardly noticeable when worn. Clear aligners are custom-made to specifically fit the client’s teeth like a glove. It also has no wires and bracket and can come off whenever the patient is about to eat. Given the airtight fit, clear aligners are less likely to result in discomfort and irritation during treatment. This option gives the patient an easier treatment. It’s easy to maintain and offers hassle-free cleaning.
The length of the treatment, however, may take longer than traditional braces but may vary depending on the severity of misalignment. The costs may be the same with traditional braces, but most likely higher.