Clear braces, or “invisible braces,” are an alternative to traditional metal braces. They are a series of custom-made, removable mouth trays that sit over the teeth. These trays are worn at least 22 hours a day, except for when eating and brushing.
What Are Clear Braces?
Clear braces are a common type of orthodontic device used to correct and straighten teeth. They are comprised of a series of brackets connected by a wire and coated with ceramic materials or plastic materials. The size and placement of the brackets are determined by your dentist, who will ensure they fit properly on your teeth. In addition to being discreet in appearance, clear braces are also known for being extremely comfortable to wear. Since the brackets are gentle against the soft tissues of your mouth, you won’t notice any pain or irritation when you’re wearing them. Their transparency also makes them difficult to spot from afar, so you don’t have to worry about your appearance changing while you have them on.
Like metal braces, clear braces use the tension from the wires to gradually shift the teeth into place. However, unlike their metal counterparts, the brackets are made of a transparent material that makes them less visible on the teeth. Without the metallic color of the metals, clear braces blend in with the natural color of teeth for a more subtle look overall. This also makes them suitable for teenagers and adults alike since they are almost invisible when worn.
What Can Clear Braces Fix?
Clear braces can fix a wide range of orthodontic issues - mild to moderate levels of overbites, underbites, crossbites, gap teeth, open bites, crowded teeth, and overall crookedness of the teeth.
How Do Clear Braces Work?
Clear braces are made of smooth, clear plastic. They are custom-made based on molds of your teeth, and they are removable. They fit snugly over your teeth, and you wear one brace at a time, switching them to the next set of braces after about two weeks.
When our dentist fits you for clear braces or one of our other orthodontic options, we will take detailed 3D impressions and images of your teeth. Our dentists use a highly-specialized computer software program to create a sequence of trays that will move your teeth into position. Each tray’s shape is tailored to meet the exact contours of your smile at each stage of your treatment. The clear braces gradually shift your teeth into place. Each brace works with your natural teeth, gently moving them into the right position. The braces apply a controlled amount of force to your teeth, which tightens your periodontal ligaments and stimulates bone growth in the underlying tooth socket.
As you change trays every few weeks, your treatment progresses until you’ve achieved the straight smile you’ve always wanted. Unlike traditional braces that use wires and brackets to straighten teeth, clear braces won’t irritate your mouth the way metal wires and brackets can. You can remove your braces any time you eat a meal or brush your teeth – except for when you wear your trays for the recommended minimum of 22 hours each day to achieve the best results possible.
Clear braces are a popular option for patients who want orthodontic treatment without braces. They are discreet, comfortable, and removable. They are also a great option for patients with dental issues such as snaggle teeth or teeth that are crowded or too far apart.
Clear braces are versatile. We can use them for a variety of dental issues. However, they are not a replacement for braces. Patients who need extensive orthodontic treatment are better served with traditional braces.
Benefits of Clear Braces
Clear braces are removable trays that are designed to straighten teeth over time. The braces are made of thin, invisible plastic.
Clear braces are a popular orthodontic option because they are discreet and removable. Many patients appreciate the convenience and flexibility that clear braces provide.
Its major benefits include the following:
- Clear braces are removable. They can be taken out for eating and daily cleaning.
- Clear braces are invisible. Your friends and family won’t even know you’re improving your smile.
- Clear braces are comfortable. Unlike traditional braces, clear braces will not irritate your gums or cheeks.
- Clear braces are affordable. Clear braces are less expensive than braces, making them a great option for improving your smile.
To learn more about the cosmetic dentistry procedures offered by Osuna Dental Care, call us at (505) 884-1989 or visit our dental office located at 8400 Osuna Rd NE #5A, Albuquerque, NM 87111.