“Invisible braces” is the common term for what are more commonly called “clear aligners.”
Invisible braces do the same thing as traditional metal braces — slowly adjust teeth to straighten them and fix bite problems — except they’re clear, made of plastic and are removable. You can take them off to eat and brush your teeth, without the fear of cutting the inside of your cheek on a traditional metal braces.
To correct misalignment in your teeth, a growing number of patients and doctors have come to choose clear aligners over traditional wire braces. These are some of the advantages:
- Nearly-invisible appliances
- No dietary restrictions
- No obstructions to flossing or brushing
- Controlled single-tooth movement
Compared to traditional wires & brackets, clear aligners are:
- It’s easy to remove aligners and eat whatever you like. There are no wires to trap food or get in the way when you floss.
- Clear aligners show off your smile, so most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them.
- In most cases clear aligners are much less costly than traditional metal braces.
Who should get clear aligners?
Clear aligners are not for everyone and they can’t treat everything. Most clear aligners can treat overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite, small gaps and crowded teeth to a certain extent.
If you have a severe case of any of these conditions, such as a gap wider than two millimeters, your dentist might recommend traditional braces. Other situations where clear aligners might not be right for you include:
- Tooth rotation: If your tooth is rotated because of crowding, clear aligners may not be able to rotate the tooth into the right position.
- Intrusion: Clear aligners can’t fix a tooth that is jammed into the jawbone.
- Extrusion: A tooth that sits high on the bone and is taller than other teeth can’t be fixed with invisible braces.
- Misshapen teeth: If you have teeth that are rounded, pointy or pegged, clear aligners may not fit them properly.
- Midline movement: If your teeth don’t match the imaginary line that bisects your face (your midline), clear aligners may not correct the discrepancy if it’s more than two millimeters on either side.
Dentist in Sidney uses ClearCorrect for their dental liners. After more than 12 years in business, ClearCorrect has helped hundreds of thousands of patients achieve better smiles. ClearCorrect says that “Every piece of manufacturing and diagnostic know-how that ClearCorrect brings to bear in making clear aligners is based on our personal experience and research, and on the real-life feedback from our doctors. Every lesson is one we’ve learned first-hand through an iterative process that we improved piece by piece, and continues to improve each and every day.”
ClearConnect is a global company serving the dental community worldwide.
Tips for Preserving Clear Aligners
- Always rinse them with cold or lukewarm water after removal. Do not clean them with hot water because heat can damage and warp the plastic.
- Brush and floss the teeth before wear.
- Soak them in retainer or denture cleaner.
- Remove aligners before eating.
- Clean the aligners with mild soap daily. Never clean them with toothpaste.
Why not give us a call today to set up an appointment to discuss whether or not clear aligners might work for you. Call (250) 656-9321