Whenever you think about braces you may picture the traditional metal braces that you remember when you were a child. While the image of metal mouth is enough to make anyone a bit nervous about opting for braces, orthodontic advancements have made it possible to straighten both teen and adults smile more discreetly. With clear braces like Invisalign, your dentist is able to give patients the smiles they want without having to wear noticeable metal brackets and wires.
About Clear Braces
Instead of wearing metal braces you can now wear customized, clear aligners to straighten your teeth more efficiently. These aligners look similar to whitening trays and they are custom-made to fit your teeth. Furthermore, the plastic used for these aligners offers a more comfortable fit than traditional braces; therefore, patients experience less discomfort and soreness with clear braces.
You will wear your clear braces for the majority of the day, including the hours you are asleep. Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks, after which they are replaced with the next aligners in your series. Then number of aligners you have to wear will be determined by your specific course of treatment.
Benefits of Clear Braces
While ceramic braces work the same as traditional metal braces to give you a straighter smile, they offer one big advantage: they are made from ceramic. Also referred to as clear braces, they offer the advantage of being tooth-colored, so they easily blend in with your smile. They also offer the same strength and resilience that regular metal braces do. The major and most obvious benefit to opting for clear braces is that you can achieve that straight smile without anyone noticing. This is a significant advantage for teens and adults who want to get a healthier smile but don’t want colleagues and classmates to see their braces.
Plus, these clear aligners can also be removed so brushing habits and your diet don’t have to change. With traditional braces, dietary restrictions are put into place to protect the delicate wires and metal from damage. However, since you can remove these aligners, you can continue to enjoy all of your favorite foods. All you have to do is remove your aligners before meals and rinse them before putting them back in.
Treatment lengths are also faster with clear braces. The average length of treatment for invisible braces is about one year. During this time, you will also continue to see us every six weeks for routine visits to make sure that your treatment is coming along according to plan and that everything looks healthy.
Are Clear Braces / Ceramic Braces Right For Me?
The best way to find out if ceramic braces are right for your smile is to schedule a consultation. During your visit, we will examine your smile and discuss your goals for treatment, to make sure that ceramic braces are the best option. Keep in mind that because ceramic braces offer a more appealing and discreet look that they are often more expensive than just opting for traditional metal braces alone. We would be happy to sit down with you and discuss the cost of treatment, as well.
If you are interested in finding out more about clear braces / ceramic braces, contact the Reston, VA orthodontists at Orthodontic Precision today at (703) 391-8800 for more information or to book an appointment!