Invisible braces are a great way to correct moderately crowded teeth or spacing issues, but what are they, how do they work, and why should you choose them over other treatment?
Invisible braces are a bit of a misnomer, as they are more accurately referred to as retaining devices. The molded, clear plastic slips over one’s teeth and serves to slowly re-align them over time. The chief difference between them and regular orthodontic braces or retainers is the fact that they are clear and overlay with one’s teeth without the use of wires or brackets. They are custom built for the person, and thus you will require multiple appointments in order to be properly fitted. However, once the braces have been made, they will allow you to correct mild to moderate orthodontic issues.
Using invisible braces has several benefits over traditional orthodontic devices and retainers. First, they allow potentially sensitive individuals to avoid the stigma of traditional braces. This can encourage adults who may have forgone or were not able to afford braces in their adolescence to seek out orthodontic correction. It also encourages teens to consent to it without the fear that they will be bullied or otherwise ostracized by their peers. Second, they enable people to correct minor orthodontic issues without having to attend multiple appointments for tightening. This can be helpful if you have a busy schedule that does not permit for multiple trips to the dentist. Finally, it enables people to correct their minor alignment issues in a way that is more cleanly than traditional braces. Traditional braces can be difficult to keep clean, as food particles can easily become trapped between the wires and brackets of the device.
In short, invisible braces make a great alternative to traditional devices. If you have minor orthodontic issues that you would like corrected, make an appointment to speak with one of our orthodonists today.