By Dr SVV Vedavathi
Published on 26/08/2022
Are you scared of using metal braces? Don't worry; now, you can get straight teeth and a renewed smile without needing to cover your mouth by using unattractive braces.
Never before has fixing crooked teeth been so simple! Making the decision between braces and aligners for someone who wants to straighten their crooked teeth might be challenging.
Let's talk about invisible braces!
Thanks to invisible braces, wearing braces has now become more comfortable. Traditional braces attach brackets to wires to move teeth in the desired way. These metal-based braces make anyone look unattractive when they talk or smile as they are visible. For people who require a beautiful and straight smile but do not want to wear traditional devices, invisible braces are a fantastic solution. Compared to metal braces, invisible braces are far less obvious. Patients with cosmetic concerns might benefit from these braces.
Invisible braces or clear aligners are designed for adults and older teens; however, they are not advised when baby teeth are still present. Only a dentist can tell whether you are the right candidate for invisible braces or not.
What are Invisible Braces?
Invisible braces, also known as clear aligners, are the latest technology-based transparent trays that work on the same principles as regular wire braces. The clear aligners are removable and smoothly fit on to the teeth. They gradually move the teeth into a straighter position by employing the right application of controlled force. Various teeth can be relocated by different pressures applied throughout each treatment step by utilizing either aligners, wires, or brackets.
Types of Invisible Braces
Invisible braces are mostly of 3 types: ceramic brackets, inside braces, and clear aligners. Let’s understand all three types of invisible braces in detail!
1. Ceramic braces:
These braces are similar to metal braces in that they straighten teeth with tooth-colored brackets rather than metal. Because the tooth-colored ceramic fits in with the teeth, it is less noticeable than the metal ones. Ceramic brackets are not detachable until the treatment is complete, they can cause irritation and pain. Ceramic braces can make regular dental care, eating, and speaking more difficult.
2. Inside braces:
Also known as inside lingual braces, invisible braces, or iBraces, are similar to traditional braces. The lingual braces have gained more popularity as they are completely invisible. These braces are fixed on the back of the teeth, rather than the front of the teeth.
3. Clear braces:
These braces are composed of composite materials that are fragile and weaker than metal braces. The ligatures have the potential to stain because they are white or translucent. However, staining is not a major issue because ligatures are changed with each adjustment. Clear aligners are almost invisible, minimally intrusive, and resistant to wear-related clouding. They are comfortable with no brackets to break or wires to poke with transparent aligners.
What is the duration of invisible braces treatment?
The duration of treatment is determined by the dental problem and the type of invisible braces being used. Braces are typically worn for 18 to 24 months, however, they may be used for extended periods of time.
Metal braces perform best as they are composed of the strongest materials. Ceramic braces generally require a longer time to give the desired results because they are not as strong as metal braces. Inside braces or lingual braces may also take longer time to operate efficiently.
The duration of treatment with clear aligners varies. Invisalign treatment normally takes nine to fifteen months to complete and requires 20 to 30 aligners for the upper and lower teeth. The duration mostly ranges from 12 to 24 months, depending on the individual teeth alignment problem; treatment for complicated cases that may need 32 steps is provided in eight stages, while mild cases require 12 steps delivered in three phases.
Get Invisible Braces Consultation!
By getting your teeth straightened with invisible braces, you may escape the discomfort of wearing outdated, conventional braces and boost your self-esteem.
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