TRADITIONAL METAL BRACES CAN SEEM BULKY, UNCOMFORTABLE, OR UNSIGHTLY TO MANY ADULTS. However, there is no need to put off straightening your teeth because you don’t want to wear traditional braces. Over 1,000,000 dental patients worldwide have successfully used clear braces to straighten their teeth in less time and greater comfort.
Clear braces consist of a series of transparent thermoplastic aligners that strategically shift your teeth into place in stages. Using the latest technology, your cosmetic dentist can calculate the optimal location for each tooth and even show you an image of the projected results before starting treatment. A beautifully aligned smile can increase your self-expression and make a positive impression on the people around you.
|Treatment Option:||Clear Braces||Traditional Braces|
|Straightening Process||Clear, plastic, removable aligners that gradually shift teeth into place||Metal wires and brackets that stay attached to teeth until treatment completion|
|Appearance||Clear, virtually invisible||Highly visible wires and brackets|
|Health Benefits||Removable for easy flossing, brushing, and teeth cleaning||Difficult to maneuver with toothbrush or floss|
||Treatment frequently finished in under a year||Treatment often takes 18 months to a year to complete|
|Comfort||Smooth, custom fit aligners||Uncomfortable brackets and wires that can poke or scratch your cheek|
Compared to traditional braces, invisible braces cater to all types of lifestyles. Their transparency allows busy working professionals or public speakers to straighten their teeth without hindering appearance. Aligners may also be temporarily removed when playing a wind instrument, eating, brushing, or going to a special event. However, keep in mind that your clear braces will work faster and more effectively the more the aligners are worn. With invisible braces, you will not have to worry about mouth sores from uncomfortable wires and metal brackets. Clear braces are made of a smooth thermoplastic material that is form—fitted to your teeth for a natural feel.
Are Clear Braces Right for Me?
The two most commonly used brands of clear braces are Invisalign Braces and Clear Correct. To determine whether clear braces are the best straightening system for your smile, visit with a qualified dentist who is an Invisalign or Clear Correct provider.
Clear braces can solve a range of dental and orthodontic problems, including the following:
• Overly Crowded Teeth
• Widely Spaced Teeth
• Crooked or Turned Teeth
If you are dissatisfied with the shape of your smile, or find yourself struggling with oral health, you might consider invisible braces. While clear braces systems differ slightly, the main procedure is the same:
- • Find a dentist who is an Invisalign or Clear Correct provider to assess your smile and decide if clear braces will achieve the results you want.
- • If so, your dentist will take impressions and images of your mouth, which are translated into a 3-D image of your smile.
- • Using this image, a detailed treatment plan is created that determines where each tooth needs to shift for a perfectly aligned smile. You can view each stage of the straightening process and the projected results with your dentist before you even start the clear braces treatment.
- • A high-tech computer system then designs a series of thermoplastic aligners that will shift your teeth in stages according to this treatment plan. Each aligner applies controlled force on specific teeth to gradually move them to achieve the best results. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before switching to the next stage of the straightening process.
Invisalign vs. Clear Correct
As one of the longest standing clear braces systems, Invisalign braces have successfully straightened over one million smiles over the last several years with a 96 percent patient satisfaction rate. Invisalign is also widely known for its Invisalign Teen system, which is specially designed to compensate for the growth of teeth and molars. Invisalign Teen Braces include blue wear indicators to remind teens when to switch aligners, as well as six free replacement aligners. Invisalign aligners are formed to your teeth for a comfortable and smooth fit.
Clear Correct is one of the newest and most affordable brands of invisible braces, using the latest digital mapping and molding technology. While most clear braces brands are virtually clear, Clear Correct applies a smooth surface finish to prevent aligners from clouding after sufficient wear. Clear Correct also offers dentists the option of ordering your aligners in phases, which allows for free midcourse corrections if the treatment plan needs adjustment.
After Treatment with Clear Braces
After achieving beautifully straight teeth with invisible braces, you don’t want to lose your smile. Talk to your doctor about after-treatment options. Every patient’s teeth are different, but many patients receive a clear plastic retainer, positioner, or conventional retainer to maintain their smile. Most importantly, remember to maintain good oral hygiene habits such as brushing, flossing, and regular dentist visits.
Find an Invisalign or Clear Correct Provider
To learn more about clear braces systems such as Invisalign or Clear Correct, or other general and cosmetic dentistry treatments, you can contact one of the Crown Council member dentists near you. Because the Crown Council members are committed to continuing excellence and staying informed on the latest dental advancements, many of them are certified Invisalign and/or Clear Correct providers.