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FACTS ABOUT INVISIBLE BRACES

September 5, 2019

Now the idea of getting braces is more acceptable because of invisible braces. These are a great alternative for patients who want a straighter smile but do not want to wear traditional braces.Unlike metal braces, invisible braces are far less noticeable. These braces are helpful in patients with aesthetic concern. They are of two types- a) clear aligners b) lingual braces.

What are clear aligners?

Clear aligners are transparent custom made dental braces made of plastic material. Similar to contact lens to your eyes, clear aligners is to your teeth. These are the least visible orthodontic treatment available. The aligners cannot be seen in photographs or from a far. 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 series of gradual tooth movement 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, clearpath 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, perfect prediction of outcome as the whole procedure is digitized. Besides above advantages, it has some disadvantages as well like it is more expensive when compared to metal braces, 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 outside. This is a fixed appliance. Though it is fixed, not much interference is observed while eating.

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, perfect prediction of outcome as the whole procedure is digitized. Besides above advantages, it has some disadvantages as well like it is more expensive when compared to metal braces, complex tooth movements cannot be achieved with clear aligners.

CONCLUSION:

Leave the fear of wearing old traditional braces and boost your self confidence by getting your teeth straightened by wearing invisible braces. Faster and accurate results are obtained in suitable cases for clear aligners. Consult your orthodontist, know if you are suitable to wear invisible braces and get a perfect smile that you always dreamt of.