In the past, traditional metal braces were all that there was. In recent years, clear braces like Invisalign have arrived on the scene to give patients some real treatment options.
Anyone over the age of 40 who had their teeth straightened probably wore traditional metal braces. Many people have not-so-fond memories of wearing conventional braces. The good news is that metal braces have undergone technological advances to make them more sleek and comfortable than they were in the past.
Metal braces involve the placement of metal wires and brackets that gradually shift teeth into the desired positions. Periodically, adjustments will be made.
Clear Braces and Invisalign
Clear braces have the ability to straighten teeth, although they may not work in severe cases. Invisalign is the most popular brand of clear braces, offering patients nicer smiles without being as visible as traditional metal braces.
Some advantages of clear braces include:
- Virtually undetectable to others
- Completely removable at any time
- No food restrictions placed upon the wearer
Clear braces involve the use of clear plastic trays or aligners that snugly fit over the teeth to correct crooked teeth and misaligned teeth. Unlike traditional braces, clear braces like Invisalign can be removed at any time. This makes them incredibly convenient for those who want to clean their teeth without brushing around metal wires and brackets.
Since clear braces like Invisalign are removable, you can simply remove them and eat whatever you like. In contrast, traditional braces are fixed appliances, which involve certain food restrictions. You cannot, for example, eat hard and crunchy foods that could damage them.
Clear Braces: Considerations
Although many patients seem to prefer clear braces, there are some precautions. For example, you need to take care to clean your aligners or trays whenever you remove them. This helps to ensure that food debris and bacteria do not find safe harbor and cause tooth decay.
Another consideration with clear braces comes down to patient compliance. Patients who wear traditional metal braces don’t have to worry about keeping them in their mouths, as these are fixed appliances. Clear braces can be removed by the patient, so you must remember to replace them promptly after you remove them to clean your teeth, have photos taken, or for any other reason. Otherwise, you could fall behind with your individual treatment plan.
Your Orthodontic Consultation
Are you or your child considering orthodontic treatment to have your teeth straightened? If so, we encourage you to contact our office to ask for more information about your treatment choices, or to schedule an orthodontic consultation at your earliest convenience.
Call our dedicated, friendly Dental Emergency line today to enquire further at (703) 787-2273