These are invisible ways to straighten teeth using a series of of custom-made, nearly undetectable aligners. And it’s been proven effective in both clinical research and in practices nationwide. So whether your teeth are crowded, too far apart or have shifted since wearing braces, you’ll have a new reason to smile.
1. How does these work?
Using the latest advances in 3-D computer technology, they translates your doctor’s instructions into a series of nearly undetectable aligners. You wear each set of aligners for about two to three weeks, moving your teeth gradually week by week, millimeter by millimeter until you achieved the desired result.
2. Are these effective?
Thousands of doctors are treating patients with invisible braces. It works for a wide range of people whose teeth are too crowded or have spaces between them, as well as for those whose teeth may have shifted after having worn braces in their youth.
3. How often will I have to wear my aligners?
These only works while you’re wearing the aligners. It’s recommended that you wear your aligners full-time, day and night, except to eat, brush and floss your teeth – or as directed by your doctor.
4. How long does it take to straighten the teeth?
The duration of treatment depends on the severity of your case, which determines the number of aligners you need. Only your doctor can determine the length of your treatment.
Our office provides services for fixed orthodontics. Depending on the severity it might vary from a few weeks to years. Feel free to ask for a consult if you feel you need it.
If we feel the case is too complicated we will refer it to an orthodontist.
What Are Invisible Braces?
Invisible braces, not to be confused with clear braces, are actually removable transparent teeth aligners, similar to retainers. When using invisible braces, you would get a new aligner about every two weeks that’s shaped slightly differently. The idea is to gradually shift your teeth using these aligners.
Invisible vs Metal Braces
You’ve heard the term “metal mouth,” right? This is when someone has a mouth full of traditional (or metal) braces.
The biggest reasons to go with invisible braces is to avoid the uncomfortable and often unsightly option. Plus, with invisible braces, it’s much easier to eat, drink, and clean your teeth because the clear aligners can (and should) be removed during those activities. This means it will be easier to maintain good oral health during the alignment process.
Invisible braces are clear removable aligners, not clear braces, which are traditional braces with transparent brackets.
How Do Invisible Aligners Work?
Generally speaking, you get a series of aligners every couple of weeks that gradually shift your teeth. You’re usually expected to wear them at all times unless your eating or drinking (no less than 22 hours per day).
The whole process — including all of the aligners — typically runs between nine months and a year. This, of course, depends on the severity of your case.
Invisible aligners aren’t usually meant for extreme cases but performs better with mild to moderate cases. This can include crooked or gapped teeth, overbite, and underbite.
But in situations involving crossbites, malocclusions, or just generally severe alignment issues, invisible aligners may not do the trick.
Another thing to consider is the office visits required when using invisible braces. Because you’ll need to get a new aligner every couple of weeks or so, that means more frequent visits to your orthodontist or dentist. Traditional braces don’t require as many in-office visits for adjustments.
But on the upside, clear aligners allow you to take better care of your teeth and have less of a chance of staining than traditional braces do. Because invisible aligners are removable, you can properly brush and floss.
Using a series of aligners that are switched out about every two weeks, invisible braces gradually shift your teeth into the desired alignment.
Invisible Aligners FAQ
Now let’s cover the most commonly asked questions about invisible braces.
Who Is The Candidate For Invisible Braces?
If you have any of the following issues, you may be a candidate for invisible braces:
- Crooked teeth
- Only serious malocclusion (incorrect teeth position when your mouth is closed)
- Mild overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites
- Teeth gaps
- Crowded teeth
- Severe overjets (middle teeth overlapping)
How Long Does Treatment Last?
Generally speaking, it can take nine months to a year or more. This depends on the complexity of the treatment at hand. The dentist or orthodontist who you see will better be able to estimate this.
Can You Eat With Invisible Braces?
You won’t be able to eat while wearing your invisible braces. But you can easily remove invisible braces, so you should take them out before eating and drinking. Then you can clean your teeth before putting the aligner back in. As far as dietary restrictions, there are none.
How To Keep Invisible Aligners Clean?
The best way to clean your invisible aligners is to brush and rinse them under water. To help keep the aligners clean, you should also keep up with your regular oral hygiene.
- Invisible braces are simply clear removable aligners.
- Invisible braces straighten your teeth by using a series of aligners that you switch out for new ones about every two weeks
- To find the best option for you when it comes to invisible braces, you may want to speak with your dentist or orthodontist