So, you’ve grown wary of your crooked teeth and have finally decided to get your teeth straightened. Congratulations. You’ve taken the first determined step towards improving the appearance of your smile, but you aren’t particularly comfortable with the idea of wearing those unsightly metal braces. Fear not. With the many advances in cosmetic dentistry, braces have evolved over time and now you have the option of using invisible braces for getting a perfectly straight set of teeth without having to experience the discomfort and social stigma usually associated with conventional, metal braces.
Invisible braces are also called ibraces, lingual braces or clear aligners and are being increasingly used as a replacement to traditional metal braces which, in addition to being terribly uncomfortable, could also impair your ability to speak and eat. Invisible braces work in the exact manner as conventional metal braces. The only difference is that they are attached behind your teeth instead of the front. This makes them completely invisible and the perfect teeth alignment solution for people concerned about their appearance.
Clear aligners (e.g Invisalign): These are gradually becoming popular among adolescents and teens who want a practically invisible alternative and cannot adjust to the discomfort caused by metal/ceramic brackets and wires. Clear aligners are generally better suited for treating mild to moderately severe problems and since, these are removable, there is always a chance of forgetting to wear them.
Benefits of using invisible braces:
o Lingual braces are invisible, clear aligners are near invisible. So you don’t have to worry about flashing a ‘metallic’ smile if you’re using these.
o Provide a higher degree of comfort as compared to metallic braces.
o Help in maintaining good oral hygiene since food particles don’t get stuck in these as can happen with conventional metal braces.
o Invisible braces, being removable (clear aligners) are easier to clean and maintain.
Who should use invisible braces?
Invisible braces can be used by anyone who does not want the discomfort and unsightly looks associated with wearing metal braces. These are especially suited for adults who want to fix their crooked teeth while maintaining a professional look, teens and young adults who are concerned about their style and appearance and anyone playing wind instruments or sports involving physical contact (sports like boxing, soccer, rugby etc). If you have decided to get your teeth straightened and are exploring wearing invisible braces in Milton Keynes, please call one of our experienced specialists at Abacus Dental.