Now the idea of getting braces is more acceptable because of invisible braces. These are great alternatives for patients who want a straighter smile but do not want to wear traditional braces. Unlike metal braces, invisible teeth braces are far less noticeable. These braces are helpful in patients with aesthetic concerns. They are of two types -
- (i) Clear Aligners and
- (ii) Lingual Braces.
What are Clear Aligners?
Clear aligners are transparent custom-made dental braces made of plastic material. Similar to the contact lens for your eyes, clear aligners are to your teeth. These are the least visible orthodontic treatment available. The aligners cannot be seen in photographs or from a distance. Though their function is similar to traditional braces, they are made of plastic material, unlike the traditional braces which are more metallic and visible. They are fabricated to fit each person’s mouth. These braces are clear and blend in more with the natural color of the teeth. These are removable appliances and they have to be worn for at least 20-22 hours a day. A series of clear aligners are given to the patient each one worn for a specific period of time until the desired movement is achieved. These aligners are made based on the digital models made from the impressions of the teeth. It is based on a series of gradual tooth movements to achieve desired tooth position. 3-D computer imaging technology is used to plan and map your complete orthodontic treatment. Your teeth are progressively moved into place by the series of customized clear aligners. Some of the brand names of clear aligners are Invisalign, clear path, etc.
What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Clear Aligners?
The other advantages besides aesthetics are less irritability to gums and cheeks, more comfortable and easier to clean, no food constraints, no staining or discoloration of the teeth, and perfect prediction of the outcome as the whole procedure is digitized. Besides the above advantages, it has some disadvantages as well like it is more expensive when compared to metal braces, and complex tooth movements cannot be achieved with clear aligners.
What are Lingual Braces?
Lingual braces are also aesthetic since they are attached to the inner surface of the teeth, hence not visible from the outside. This is a fixed appliance. Though it is fixed, not much interference is observed while eating.
What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Lingual Braces?
The decision to opt for lingual braces hinges on weighing the advantages against the disadvantages in alignment with your personal preferences and lifestyle. While offering a discreet and aesthetically pleasing approach to teeth straightening, lingual braces may require some adjustments in terms of speech and oral care. It's essential to consult with an experienced orthodontist who can guide you through the process and help you achieve the beautiful smile you desire. Remember, every smile is unique, and the choice of orthodontic treatment should align with your individual needs and goals.
Leave the fear of wearing old traditional braces and boost your self-confidence by getting your teeth straightened by wearing invisible braces. Faster and more accurate results are obtained in suitable cases for clear aligners. Consult your orthodontist, know if you are suitable to wear invisible braces, and get the perfect smile that you always dreamt of.