Invisible braces are a relatively new innovation in dentistry that offers an alternative for adults with misaligned teeth to improve the looks of their smile without unsightly traditional metal braces. For generations of teenagers, having their teeth straightened with braces has meant enduring years of a mouth full of metal bands and wires.
If you are an adult and you are unhappy with the look of your smile due to crooked, misaligned teeth, you may have dismissed braces because they simply would not “look right” at the office or in the corporate setting. Fortunately, there are several alternatives for straightening misaligned teeth that do not involve unsightly metal bands and wires.
Clear aligners are an excellent option for many adults. Invisalign® is the name brand of a popular type of clear aligner which are often referred to as invisible braces or clear braces. As the name suggests, clear aligners are a made from a type of clear plastic material and fit over your teeth like a small mouth guard. Once in place, a clear aligner is almost invisible and no one will be able to tell that you have one.
A series of aligners are computer designed to apply gently pressure to your teeth and slowly move them into position. You wear an aligner for about two to three weeks before switching to the next aligner. The entire process typically takes two to three years depending on the needs of the patient.
Clear aligners are removed for eating, drinking and brushing your teeth so they don’t interfere with eating or any other activities. Best of all, clear aligners can give you a straighter, more attractive smile without traditional metal braces. Talk to your dentist or orthodontist about whether clear aligners are a good solution for you.
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