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Why Are Invisible Braces Better?

April 3, 2018

Why Are Invisible Braces Better?

Patients with misaligned teeth often face social stigma and physical problems, due to which they seek secretive solutions. Fortunately, experts in the field of orthodontics have come up with a great innovation that not just helps in treating misaligned teeth but also helps keep your ongoing dental treatment under cover. This blog post helps you understand how invisible braces score over traditional wire braces.

Clear braces, or invisible braces, at the outset of treatment are designed according to the patient’s normal teeth arrangement. These aligners are replaced every four or five weeks and are gradually changed to give the teeth the desired shape. The span of treatment depends upon the patient’s dental condition and compliance.

The steps to begin treatment using invisible braces or clear aligners include a case submission form, PVS impressions, and facial and intraoral pictures, along with digital teeth scans. Orthodontic experts start manufacturing the desired braces once the patient approves them. For this, a series of 3-D models are formed. The process of IPR, or interproximal reduction, is common before placing a clear aligner to facilitate tooth movement. However, the success of the treatment largely depends upon the patient’s compliance. Since clear aligners and invisible braces are difficult to see, patients feel happy and confident while wearing them.

Invisible braces or clear aligners can be taken out easily for eating and brushing, but orthodontic experts advise wearing them for at least 20 to 22 hours per day for best results. As you know, the schedule for wearing braces is carefully decided by dental experts depending upon each patient’s condition. Therefore, it is advised that you be cautious while performing daily activities with clear aligners. Any negligence can certainly push the treatment back and invite complications.

Although clear aligners for treating tooth misalignment have shown promising results, much experimentation and research is needed to make them work wonders. Scientists hold that invisible braces are much more convenient than the traditional wire ones, because the latter can result in calcium deposits and ugly spots on teeth. In contrast, invisible braces are removable aligners or fitted on the inside of the teeth, and thus the chances of spots and deposits is negligible.

An interesting way of treating misaligned teeth is to use engagers. Dental experts say that tooth movements are not all equal—there can be normal, moderate or difficult movements in the oral cavity. Therefore, small acrylic buttons called engagers are attached at strategic locations for treatment of teeth that are harder to move. In short, the use of invisible braces has helped patients get customized treatment according to their needs and preferences.

Orthodontics is both an art and a science. It aims to make people’s lives better and easier. With the latest innovations and procedures for treatment, patients suffering from misaligned teeth will surely benefit.

** Disclaimer: The above post is not intended to be medical advice or create a relationship between doctor and patient.