Many people have a love/hate attitude about dental braces.
While traditional dental braces have straightened many teeth, they have also put their wearers at the butt of a lot of jokes, leaving many to look for a better alternative for themselves or their children.
For a less conspicuous road to a better smile there are two main alternatives for teeth straightening: Clear ceramic braces, Invisible braces i.e. the Invisalign and the Lingual orthodontics.
Clear Ceramic (Porcelain) Dental Braces
Clear ceramic braces work much the same way as traditional metal braces; only they are designed to match the color of teeth so their presence is less noticeable. However, there is a downside to this option as they are less durable than their metal counterparts and more prone to breakage.
Invisible Dental Braces (Invisalign)
Invisible braces, also commonly known by the brand name Invisalign, offer another alternative that has produced great results for both teens and adults. The average adult that wears traditional braces wears them continually for 18 months to 3 years.
Not only is Invisalign invisible braces worn for a significantly shorter amount of time, usually 18 months or less, they are also removable so they can be even less conspicuous when necessary.
Invisalign teeth braces does not work in the same way as traditional braces. They are made up of clear aligners that should be worn the vast majority of the time, but can be taken out briefly whether to take a picture, eat a piece of sticky candy or any other reason.
With Invisalign braces the wearer does not have to worry about anything getting stuck in their braces. For this reason invisible braces have a marked advantage when it comes to oral hygiene, which can lead to a lower rate of infection and can reduce the risk of more serious health problems.
Invisible braces are not for everyone, their effectiveness is largely dependent on the majority of the natural development of the teeth and jaw to be already completed, and are normally not recommended for children. However, they offer a great option for many adults and teens. Some common issues that can be improved with Invisalign braces include over-spacing, over-crowding, overbites, underbites and crossbites.
Invisible Braces Cost
The cost of invisible braces depends on a number of factors including dental insurance coverage, but on average cost around $5000. Normally, providers will be willing to work with patients in order to make the cost more manageable, including offering payment plans.
In addition many companies offer flexible-spending accounts for medical expenses that allow income to be set aside tax-free. Invisalign invisible braces may also qualify for some of these plans as well. An alternative to the Invisalign is the Clearcorrect invisible braces which are made and function similarly to the Invisalign type of braces.
Having a good smile is about more than looking good, but also affects overall health. While every mouth is different, it may be worth it to ask your orthodontist if Invisalign might be right for you.
Lingual Braces, Orthodontics
Another type where the braces are not directly viewed from the front, are regarded under the category Lingual orthodontic braces. These are the Inside dental braces, on of popular come under a brand called 3M Incognito orthodontic braces.
The iBraces use the scanning of the inside of the teeth and the jaw structure of the patient to create custom computer –created braces that can be attached to the back of the upper and lower teeth.
Of all the invisible types of braces, the Invisalign or Clearcorrect type are the most expensive ones, but they provide the most fast way of treating the malocclusion of teeth. They help in treating the different problems like the overjet, overbite, crowded and crooked teeth but the extreme jaw abnormalities can be corrected only with such types of braces for teeth like metal and ceramic braces.