It’s the dream of everyone to have straight and aligned teeth that give a beautiful smile. The unfortunate thing is that the idea of wearing braces isn’t a pleasant one. The idea is more intimidating when you are an adult. Most people are intimidated by the braces as they are unsightly. This is where invisible braces come in.
What are invisible braces?
From their name, invisible/clear braces are invisible thus providing a perfect solution for people who want to improve the look of their teeth without getting noticed. The cool thing with clear braces is that they easily straighten and align crooked or turned teeth. They work regardless of whether your teeth are crowded or spaced and they correct most overbites and under bites. They are clear, removable, hygienic, affordable, comfortable, and deliver their results fast compared to the traditional units.
Types of invisible braces
There are 3 types of these units that you can find in the market. They include:
Ceramic braces: They are made from tooth-colored composite materials that require ligatures to align your teeth. Titanium memory wire and rubber are visible. You have to go to the dental clinic every 3 to 4 weeks thus you have to change them every time you get an adjustment. Their main flaw is that they make you feel uncomfortable when you eat, drink, brush and floss.
Lingual braces: These are custom made fixed braces that are bonded to the back of the teeth making them invisible to other people. Dentists use elastics for your comfort and fast results. Their main flaw is that once you have installed them, you have to wait until the teeth have been aligned for you to remove them.
Clear aligners: These are a series of clear, removable units that custom-fit your teeth to provide you with irritation-free treatment. The aligners are invisible, minimally invasive and don’t cloud from wear and tear. The cool thing is that you can remove them when drinking, eating or when attending special events. This makes it easy to take good care of your teeth. They are ideal for people that are always in public and those that are self-conscious.
Clear aligners are usually computer optimized thus they are a perfect fit for your teeth. The major flaw with customization is that it makes the units more expensive than the traditional Braces.
How Invisible aligner works
Invisible/clear/invisalign braces/aligners are the best option to traditional braces. The Invisalign system uses a series of clear plastic trays to move teeth into their position over a length of time. The cool thing with the units is that they give you the flexibility to remove your aligners to eat and drink what you want during treatment.
And you can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would for fresh and good oral hygiene. You also get to spend less time in the dentist chair compared to the conventional bracket and wire adjustments.
Cost of invisible braces
The cost of the invisible braces is dependent on many factors such as the dentist doing the procedure, the location of the dental clinic, your dental insurance, age, and any restoration work that may be required before the actual procedure is done. In most cases, the price ranges from $2,500 to $7,000. The cool thing is that there is a good number of insurance policies that cover it.