Everyone wants straight, pearly whites, however, not everyone is fortunate enough to have been bestowed with teeth worthy of top celebrities and models. If you are conscious of your smile, you are not alone. There are thousands and even millions of people all over the world who want to have better teeth and fortunately there are various methods of straightening teeth.
Braces are the most popular and most widely used methods of straightening crooked teeth. They do the job, however, braces are not very nice to look at. Braces means metal chunks on your mouth and when you smile they are the least pleasant things to look at. Thanks to technology, there are now other options which orthodontists recommend, such as clear braces and invisalign.
Clear braces and invisalign are inconspicuous. You can smile all you want all day and you need not be very conscious of your looks. They help straighten teeth minus the unpleasantness. Invisalign was introduced in 1998 by Align Technology. These tooth positioning aligners has changed the field of orthodontics because of their convenience.
Using Clear Braces
Clear braces or invisible braces are used to correct overbite, widely spaced teeth, as well as crooked teeth. They are designed more for older teenagers and adults. Children and younger teenagers who have crooked teeth are advised to wear traditional metal braces. However, it is always important to remember that ultimately it is your dentist or orthodontists who can determine what the best method of teeth straightening for you is.
A very popular type of clear brace is the ceramic brace. It is made of composite materials which are weaker and more brittle compared to traditional metal braces. They are larger than metal brackets and require wearing small rubber bands to hold them to the arch wire. Like metal braces, they are also not removable until the completion of the treatment. Because they are not as strong as metal braces, they have to be worn longer.
Invisalign can be taken out whenever desired, however to achieve the best results in the least amount of time, it I advisable to keep them on for at least 22 hours a day. There are also numerous aligners to be used in certain periods. It is encouraged to follow your dentist’s or orthodontist’s instructions to the letter in order to achieve the best results. One of the many advantages of invisalign is the comfort it offers to people who wear them.
There are many things which must be kept in mind if you are thinking of getting invisalign. It is not recommended for people who have very crooked teeth. It best works for people who have mildly crooked teeth. The cost of the treatment is relatively more than the traditional metal braces. However, in some cases the cost may be lower than traditional braces.
Smoking with your invisalign aligners on can lead to unsightly discoloration and there is no amount of cleaning and soaking which can get rid of the yellow residue so it is best not to smoke with them on.