Invisible braces, more commonly known as Invisalign, is an alternative to metal braces. While metal braces use metal brackets on every tooth connected by thick, tight wires to align or straighten your teeth, invisible braces are made of a thick plastic. Orthodontists may also commonly recommend invisible braces, otherwise called aligners, to patients after having metal braces to continue the treatment of alignment after removing their braces if treatment was not fully successful. They are called ‘invisible’ because they are made of clear plastic that is virtually invisible to the naked eye when you are wearing them. Invisible braces are made custom with precise machinery and are guaranteed to fit your teeth snugly. Depending on the extent of the damage, the process of alignment using invisible braces can take anywhere from 1-2 years to fully align a smile. On average, though, you can expect to have them for around 12 months as long as your case isn’t too severe. Invisible braces can either be ordered online, or at the orthodontist’s office, which is recommended. The price can vary from 2,500 to 8,500 depending on how many trays you need to receive. Typically, older teens or adults have invisible braces due to their ability to be removed and hidden during daily life.
Why You May Need Invisible Braces
Having proper tooth alignment is not just about having a straight smile. Straightened teeth can minimize your chances for tooth decay and gum disease. Crooked teeth can negatively hinder growth and health of your mouth. With crooked teeth, bacteria will build up between the gaps of your teeth and in between touching teeth, which could ultimately result in gum disease and tooth decay. Eventually, the bacteria will continue to spread out to other parts of your body, affecting your overall health. Setting up an appointment with your orthodontist about making a plan to receive invisible braces will not only save you from the longer process of metal braces, but you will also be able to start the process at the same appointment and begin enjoying straight teeth almost immediately! The invisible braces process is a simple two-step process. Read below to find out more.
Process of Getting Invisible Braces
First, during the consultation appointment, your orthodontist will need to take an X-ray to examine your dental structure and imprint of your teeth. Next, a scan of your mouth will be taken to create a virtual three-dimensional model of the shape of your mouth. This scan will be sent to the Invisalign company or dental laboratory to create your perfectly shaped custom aligners. Within a few weeks, you will receive your custom aligners, perfectly fit to every detail, outline of every tooth, and cut of your teeth. Being that this process is so precise and how the machines work, your aligners are guaranteed to fit snugly. Every two weeks, you will receive a new tray of aligners that are differently shaped from the previous. This gradually pushes your teeth into the appropriate position. Receiving invisible braces is a simple and easy process that will leave your teeth straight and in the most desirable position.
Visit Orthodontists Associates of Western New York Today!
If you need your teeth straightened and you don’t want to receive the traditional metal braces that are often offered, visit our Buffalo orthodontists today to discuss the option of receiving invisible braces. Easier and more convenient due to their removable and clear nature, invisible braces can provide you with the most naturally looking form of braces. Best for teenagers and adults who want to hide the fact that they have braces, you can successfully wear invisible braces and look like you don’t have anything on. Contact Orthodontists Associates of Western New York today to arrange a free consultation and learn more about Invisalign and invisible braces.