Invisible braces have been used since the late 1990s, and have become increasingly popular since then. Most good orthodontic specialists offer treatment for crooked, overcrowded or protruding teeth using invisible braces. Many people now choose this option rather than traditional fixed braces to straighten their teeth.
What are invisible braces?
Invisible braces are also known as clear aligners; and are sets of plastic moulds that are worn on the teeth to correct their positioning. Because they are transparent and moulded to the teeth of the individual patient, aligners easily go undetected as they are barely noticeable.
The invisible nature of these kinds of braces is one of the top pros, or advantages, of this kind of treatment, especially for adults. Many people who get orthodontic treatment as adults feel a little self-conscious; and getting aligners means that they don’t have to worry about others noticing a major change in their appearance.
Eating needn’t be an issue
For those with traditional kinds of braces, eating can be a little problematic. There are some foods and drinks that have to be avoided altogether, and eating can be uncomfortable or awkward – especially after having the braces tightened.
Patients who opt for clear aligners have the advantage of being able to eat as normal. Provided they are worn for the majority of the time during a 24 hour period, the braces can be removed for meal times. This means that there are no restrictions on what can be eaten, and discomfort is not an issue.
Cleaning is simpler
Because invisible braces are removed for cleaning and flossing the teeth, it is much easier to ensure that the mouth, teeth and gums are as clean as possible. There’s no cleaning around the braces, or worrying about plaque or food becoming stuck. Clear aligners can be much more convenient from this perspective.
Traditional styles of braces require lots of appointments for adjustments. Invisible braces are tailor made for the teeth of the individual patient before the process starts; and this means that there are much fewer visits required – just occasional ones to monitor the progress of the treatment.
People who opt for treatment with clear aligners should know that a little self-discipline is required. It’s vitally important that they are worn for the majority of every 24 hour period, and that means making sure they are put back in after every meal and every teeth cleaning session. If this does not happen, the results at the end of treatment are unlikely to be as good as expected.
When out and about, some people find it a little irritating to have to remove the aligners before eating, clean their teeth and then put them back in. However, provided the container that the dentist supplied is used; and the patient remembers to carry a toothbrush and toothpaste, this should be a relatively minor inconvenience.
Not every patient is suited to treatment with invisible braces. However, for those who do get their teeth fixed with clear aligners; it’s often a relatively quick, easy and convenient process.