If you have always wanted straight teeth and a more attractive smile but shudder at the thought of wearing unattractive metal braces for years, talk to your dentist or orthodontist about whether invisible braces are a good option for you. With invisible braces, you can enjoy the enhanced confidence and self-esteem that comes from an attractive smile without unsightly and uncomfortable conventional braces.
Invisible braces are generally most appropriate for adults. Most cannot be used when the patient still has baby teeth. In addition, invisible braces are best suited for correction of mild to moderate misalignments. They are not as strong as conventional metal braces and are not effective for complex bite problems and severe misalignments.
There are several different types of invisible braces. Clear aligners are clear, removable “trays” that are custom fitted over your teeth. Clear aligners are virtually invisible and relatively comfortable, but they may require some getting used to. Clear aligners are worn for 22 hours a day and are removed for eating and cleaning teeth. A new aligner is used every few weeks to adjust the pressure on the teeth to move them.
Ceramic braces are pretty much the same as conventional metal braces except that they are made from a ceramic tooth colored material so they blend in with the patient’s teeth. They are less noticeable than conventional braces, but more noticeable than other types of invisible braces.
Inside braces are similar to conventional braces except that they attach to the inside or back of the patient’s teeth rather than the outside or front like conventional braces. They are much less noticeable than virtually any other types of braces.
Your orthodontist or dentist can help you decide what type of invisible braces are the best alternative for you .
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