Words ‘dental braces’ may create really unpleasant associations. Some little, metal brackets are always protruding from your mouth making others look more and more at them. But fortunately teeth straightening with metal braces is in our past. Now we have clear braces, different types, always ready to be useful and beautiful in the same time.
It’s amazing how science manages to do everything a patient may need. Now several types of invisible clear braces are available for everyone. They are partially invisible braces, lingual (invisible) braces, the most performed Invisalign, also called invisible orthodontic appliances, and ceramic braces for straighten teeth.
The Partially Invisible Braces
This type of clear dental braces looks the same as the traditional metal braces, except one thing. The orthodontic brackets that are bonded onto the patient’s teeth are made of clear or tooth-colored materials. These invisible braces still require a metal wire that runs across the patient’s teeth.
Most of the partially invisible braces are made of either polycrystalline or monocrystalline alumina. The first type are more whitish (tooth-colored), while the second type have a more translucent (clearer) appearance. However, these clear dental braces have less strength and are more brittle than their metal counterparts.
As a result the treating orthodontist may feel the necessity to slightly modify the patient’s treatment plan. A lighter force should be used when wearing these clear braces that makes the straighten teeth treatment process much longer.
The Lingual Invisible Braces
Lingual clear braces are attached straight to the back of your teeth that makes them the best invisible braces ever. They provide the same results, in the same period of time. The Lingual Invisible Braces are probably the best for a normal, social life.
However, these clear braces cost is approximately twice higher then the traditionally. Another disadvantage is that the first several days or weeks you can have some speech disturbances. These clear dental braces require a specially trained staff, special equipment, and are specially made for each tooth.
Clear Ceramic Braces
The clear ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth. Mainly older teenagers and adults use clear ceramic braces, because they are the patients with the biggest cosmetic concerns. In the same time, they require more oral hygiene and are used mostly for the upper front teeth. The clear ceramic braces cost is also higher.
Invisaling – Invisible Braces
This modern clear dental braces system develops continuously and becomes more popular day by day. The reason is simple – Invisaling clear braces are absolutely invisible, comfortable, and effective.
Only these clear dental braces are removable. They allow you to eat, brush, floss your teeth without any problems. They have no metal parts, so you’ll spend less time taking care of them or staying in your dentist’s office chair.
Made through a combination of orthodontist’s expertise and 3d computer technology, Invisaling invisible braces will perfectly fit to the patient’s individual requirements. There are many sets of invisible aligners. Each of them should be worn for 2 weeks, removed only to eat, brush and floss.
Each set straights your teeth for about 0.25 millimeters. When you replace one aligner with its next in the series, you make your teeth straights little by little, until they have straightened to their normal position. You can visit your dentist about one time per 6 weeks to ensure that your teeth straightening treatment is going well.
Total teeth straightening treatment time depends on the problem, usually from 9 to 15 months. The average number of used aligners is between 18 and 30. In the same time, the Invisaling clear braces cost is higher than the one for traditional clear dental braces, up to $6000-6500, depending on the area.
To protect your invisible braces form breaking you should follow some simple rules, such as avoid eating candy, raw carrots, pretzels, nuts, popcorn and crushed ice. You should also avoid sticky food and carefully brush your teeth twice a day. As a result of taking care of your clear braces you can make the teeth straightening process faster.