Invisible Braces

27th July 2017 by John Picton

Don’t be Afraid of Wearing Braces –They can Improve Your Smile!

You might be quite surprised to know this, but many people live with crooked and irregular teeth and do nothing about it, even if they feel self conscious or it affects the efficiency of their teeth when they chew and eat. Examples of this are if a person’s teeth might be a little crowded or not spaced evenly which affects the variety of different actions that the teeth are supposed to perform. Something can be done about these teeth issues that there are some very efficient braces suitable for adults who want to improve their smile and feel less self conscious.  If you are in this eager group you should be seeing your local orthodontist now to discover what devices can be most useful to you.

Fortunately for orthodontists who are qualified dentists responsible for correcting misaligned teeth not all people are satisfied with a crooked smile and there is a growing demand from adults who want to discard their misaligned teeth and the effects they have and who will do just about anything to achieve this.  Turning to an orthodontist for advice and treatment is the way this is achieved.

Fortunately today, researchers haven’t left orthodontics behind and they have come up with a variety of different appliances that are not the full metal traditional metal braces that can be seen adorning smiling faces in teenage classrooms but braces are available in more aesthetic plastic or ceramic as well as metal. This makes life so much easier if you are a working adult and you want to keep your teeth straightening methods and your new smile a secret.

How do braces work?

Braces work by the application of continuous pressure on the teeth as they move them into a more satisfactory position. They are usually worn from around 12 months to three years. There are two phases in braces treatment. In the more active phase the braces are in place to properly move the teeth into proper alignment while correcting the bite in the process. The second stage called the retention phase is when a retainer is fitted to keep the teeth in the longer term into their new positions.

When braces are fitted, the orthodontist attaches small brackets to the teeth with dental bonding materials that have exceptional qualities. Wires are placed through the brackets which are called arch wires made of a number of different metal alloys. Their role is to act as tracks which create the right direction for the teeth so that they attain their desired position.

Adults can choose invisible braces

Today, barely visible plastic or ceramic brackets are often selected by adults just because of their appearance, as they don’t always perform such an impressive job as metal braces but in many cases where the teeth only need minor correction they are just right. There are three commonly used invisible braces. These are:

  • Invisalign
  • Six Month Braces
  • The Inman Aligner

Invisalign is an almost invisible method used for straightening teeth through the use of a series of custom-made aligners. Your dentist, with the help of 3-D computer technology, evaluates your teeth so that the series of customized aligners will be exact. Each aligner set is worn for around two weeks which gently moves teeth into a position that results in far straighter teeth.  Invisalign is often successful in treating teeth that are crowded or spaced widely or with underbites, overbites, or even crossbites. Aligners are used full-time, night and day, except when eating, brushing and flossing your teeth and the average duration for use is 12 months.

Six Month Braces are another form of clear braces. The wires are small and tooth coloured.  While wearing these braces the recipient feels little discomfort and the treatment time may only be 6 months due to the use of special wires made from nickel titanium. Six month Braces concentrate on those teeth that affect the smile the most and the best thing about them is that the majority of adults can be Six Month Braces candidates.

The Inman Aligner is designed to correct misaligned teeth, adult relapse and less severe forms of overcrowding. It can barely be seen and it can be removed. The Inman Aligner can only be used for the treatment of top and bottom teeth in the front while Invisalign has the capability of treating full arches, in other words all teeth.

Risks are rare with adult braces

Even for an adult there are not many risks associated with orthodontic treatment. In rare situations some patients may have find they are allergic to the latex and metal used in braces. If you have periodontal (gum) disease you may have a higher risk of encountering problems throughout orthodontic treatment because the gums and their supporting bone are more likely to break down causing the loosening of and possible teeth loss. There is an easy solution to this and that is removing any sign of gum disease before orthodontic treatment commences.

Pain is minimal with adult braces

There are some people who are afraid that pain from braces treatment may be distractive but in reality there is only some minor discomfort in the first day or two. Then, the mouth adapts to the presence of a foreign object.

There are side benefits for straighter teeth

Orthodontic care has other benefits apart from being cosmetic. By straightening your teeth it makes them easier to floss and brush, thus lowering the chance of tooth decay. Gingivitis, which is an inflammation that can cause irreparable damage to the gums leading to