An Introduction To Invisible Braces

When getting braces, one of your options is to get a set of invisible braces. These are quite unlike traditional braces and function very differently. For some individuals, they may be a better fit than more traditional braces. To help you determine whether invisible braces are right for you, here is a breakdown of what they are, how they work, and what their benefits and drawbacks are:

What are invisible braces?

These braces are made of plastic and are disposable. Each individual set is meant to be worn for a few weeks and then discarded. Over the course of the treatment, you will go through many sets of these disposable braces.

How do invisible braces work?

Although invisible braces work pretty similarly to traditional braces in concept, there are some key differences, While regular braces are brought in for adjustments every few months, invisible braces are entirely disposable.

Instead, you will have some initial measurements taken on your first visit. These will be used to plot out a lengthy series of disposable braces, with each changing the position of your teeth a little more. However, it is impossible to predict how your teeth are going to move with 100% accuracy, so they will need to check your mouth to see how your teeth are shifting every few weeks or months. At these visits, you will be given your next series of braces to wear, with specific instructions for how long you should wear each set.

What are the advantages of invisible braces?

The most obvious advantage is that these braces are very difficult to see. If you are concerned with the appearance of braces, then invisible braces are definitely your best option.

They can also be removed at any time that you wish. The only requirement is that they be worn for the vast majority of the day (20+ hours). If you want to take out your braces to relax or to eat some specific food, then you can do that.

What are the drawbacks?

Invisible braces tend to cost more than other options, both since they are a newer technology and a more complicated product than traditional braces. However, the benefits can easily outweigh the cost if your appearance and/or comfort is your first concern.

Invisible braces are also slower than traditional braces at reorienting your teeth. Plastic isn't quite as effective at moving your teeth when compared to metal or ceramic, so they need to be used for more gradual changes.

Contact a center like Wright Center For Orthodontics to learn more.