Invisible Braces

Invisible Braces

What are the key differences between traditional braces and invisible aligners?

The main difference between traditional and invisible braces is how they straighten your teeth. With traditional braces, the orthodontist will bond a metal bracket to each tooth. These brackets are connected by a metal wire to correct misalignment. Since they are bonded in place, the braces are moving your teeth all the time. They also allow for the use of orthodontic appliances that correct severe problems.

Metal braces range in price from $1,800 to $6,000, depending on the treatment plan. Your orthodontist may recommend ceramic braces in place of metal, especially if you’re looking for a more aesthetically pleasing option. But ceramic braces cost significantly more than metal braces, so make sure to ask about the price before signing on the dotted line.

How do invisible braces work?

Invisible braces help correct misaligned teeth with a less noticeable alternative to metal braces. In general, invisible braces are a good choice when treating crooked teeth, crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, and to help align the jaw.

For at-home treatments, you will complete an impression kit and send it back to the company. A licensed dental professional will use the impression to create your custom trays and plan. You will then receive your aligners in the mail and be clear to begin treatment. Throughout the treatment period, you will swap out your current aligner for a new one. The frequency is determined by the dental expert.

If you go with a brand that requires office visits, like Invisalign, you will complete all steps, including the impression and aligner changes, in-office with the dentist. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends wearing invisible braces 22 hours a day. The two hours give your mouth a break and allow for eating, deep cleaning, brushing, and flossing.

When are invisible braces not appropriate?

Invisible braces are not for everyone. Here are some situations where invisible braces are not appropriate:

  • Children who still have baby teeth
  • Orthodontia problems that may require metal brackets and wires to fix
  • Patients with complex bite problems
  • Teens or adults with severe misalignment issues

Should you talk to your dentist or orthodontist before purchasing invisible braces?

There are plenty of dental myths and misconceptions out there, so it’s always a good idea to talk to your dentist or orthodontist about your oral health in general, and especially if you’re considering moving your teeth around. Your dental professionals will determine if invisible braces are the best treatment option for your situation. Plus, they know your dental history, so getting the green light on a specific brand or product could save you a lot of time and money.

How long do invisible braces take?

The average treatment time for invisible braces varies, but generally, it takes between 3 and 18 months to finish your treatment, depending on your provider. Overall, the average treatment time is about six months. In addition to your provider, the treatment time will depend on the complexity of your case, how many hours you wear your invisible braces per day (some are meant to be worn all day and night, some only at night), and how closely you follow your treatment plan.


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