What are invisible braces?
The concept of invisible braces has been around since the 1940s. However, it’s only been within the past decade that they have soared in popularity. You’ve probably heard of this new type of dental braces, but you might not know how they work. Really, the concept and overall process is simple.
Invisible braces are different
Let’s start by throwing out everything you think and know about standard dental braces. Invisible braces have revolutionized the world of orthodontics. From start to finish, the process is more pleasant that you would ever have imagined possible. Be ready to open your mind to the possibility of wearing dental braces – you’ve got more options than you think.
Arguably, the phrase “invisible braces” is a misnomer. They are only like other dental braces in that they permanently straighten your teeth over a period of time. In virtually every other way, invisible braces are totally different from traditional dental braces. They’re comfortable, removable, and undetectable by others. If you’ve been reluctant to get dental braces, you’ll find that invisible braces will eliminate all your worries.
The basics of invisible braces
Invisible braces are basically a plastic tray, referred to as an “aligner.” You can think of them as being similar to mouth guards used by athletes, or night guards used by individuals who clench their teeth. They have also been compared to over-the-counter teeth whitening trays.
These plastic aligners, however, are custom made to fit your teeth. In place of the brackets and wires used in traditional dental braces, the plastic tray exerts the necessary force to permanently moves your teeth.
How invisible braces work
Invisible braces are a series of trays. The straightening process is gradual, taking place in predictable increments. After your current aligner has moved your teeth a given amount, you’ll be fitted for a new aligner. Each aligner moves you closer to the finished product – your beautiful new smile!
Unlike metal dental braces, there is no painful tightening of screws. Progress is achieved by simply swapping out one aligner for another.
How invisible braces are made
As mentioned above, invisible braces are made from plastic. The plastic is extremely durable, made from medical grade materials. Most dental braces are made from metal, which has sharp edges and are difficult to clean. With this new technology, orthodontists or dentists can correct your smile with material that’s comfortable and practically invisible.
Each aligner is made specifically for you. That is, the trays aren’t a “one size fits all” product. Through x-rays, impressions, and 3-D computer imaging, your orthodontist or dentist will be able to custom create trays that perfectly fit your teeth. Each step in the process is mapped out, allowing you to see the end result and decide in advance whether you’re happy with it. If not, you and your orthodontist can work together to adjust the plan. That’s an exciting benefit that traditional dental braces don’t offer.
Hundreds of thousands of people have used invisible braces to achieve the smile of their dreams. Through a series of custom-made plastic trays, invisible braces achieve the same results as standard dental braces. Invisible braces are an option in the vast majority of cases, but not everyone will be a candidate. An orthodontist or dentist will help you determine whether they are the right choice for you.