September 8, 2022
Orthodontic braces can create the straight and beautiful smile you've always wanted. But what if you don’t like the look of traditional metal braces? Enter invisible braces: orthodontic treatment with a minimal appearance.
This article explores the invisible braces we offer at our orthodontic practice. To help you compare, we will also cover the pros and cons of each option.
Invisalign clear aligners are a discreet way to straighten teeth without metal wires or brackets. Made of transparent plastic, clear aligners are virtually undetectable on the patient’s teeth. Custom-made for each patient, they are designed with convenience and comfort in mind.
Patients must wear their clear aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, only removing them to eat, brush, and floss. Patients typically switch to a new set of aligners every few weeks until their teeth are fully straightened.
Like braces, clear aligners apply gentle force to the teeth to guide them into their proper position. While most orthodontic cases can be improved with clear aligners, other treatment methods are better suited for some severe cases.
Ceramic braces are one of the most popular types of clear braces. They are similar to metal braces, but they use clear or tooth-colored brackets and wires. These materials blend in with your natural smile, making them a great option for adults who are self-conscious about wearing braces.
Ceramic braces straighten teeth the same way that metal braces do. Unlike clear aligners, which have some limitations, an orthodontist can use ceramic braces to treat a wide range of alignment issues.
Though modern braces are slimmer than they used to be, ceramic brackets are slightly wider than their metal counterparts. However, ceramic braces are still less noticeable because they blend in with your teeth.
Orthodontics is constantly evolving, and with new advancements in technology, a straight smile may no longer need to come at the price of an unpleasant mouth full of wire and brackets.
Invisible braces are designed to be barely noticeable so you can straighten your teeth with a smile that's all yours. While they may not be suitable for every case, invisible braces can help most patients improve their smile – especially in the hands of an experienced orthodontist.
Dr. Frank Sharp and Dr. Laura Moore are committed to providing their patients with individual, personalized care along their path to a new smile. Their treatment plans leverage cutting edge orthodontic techniques including computer modeling and dental monitoring.
Ready to learn if you are a good fit for invisible braces? If you’re in Springfield or Branson, Missouri, schedule a free smile assessment today!