Dentistry has evolved dramatically over the last decade and clear braces have become quite popular. The concept of braces is not new, but it is continually improving. Braces are used to treat a variety of issues in the mouth including crowding, spacing and overbite. However, there are quite a few differences between traditional metal braces and clear braces.
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces consist of metal brackets attached to the teeth. The brackets are then attached to each other with wires. They exert gentle pressure on teeth to gradually move them into the desired position. Patients with braces must visit the dentist regularly to have them adjusted.
While metal braces have made some advances, they still yield a host of obstacles. They often cause sores in the mouth, especially in the first few weeks of placement. Metal braces can also make it hard to keep teeth and gums clean because the brackets and wires can trap food particles, so patients must be vigilant in their hygiene regimen.
Clear braces, or ClearCorrect, is a series of removable customized aligners which the patients wear for up to twenty-two hours per day. These customized aligners apply gentle strategic pressure to gradually move teeth. As time passes, patients progress to the next aligner in the series, but it is still important to visit the dentist regularly so that progress can be monitored.
Patients love clear braces because they are discreet and comfortable. In fact, they are completely transparent. Clear aligners can be removed for eating, brushing and flossing. They are made of a smooth plastic so there is no metal or wires to cause abrasions in the mouth. Clear aligners do not affect speech or cause social anxiety, so patients can resume normal activities.
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If you suspect you need braces, or have been told that you do, make an appointment with our office today. Our highly skilled staff is happy to give you a second opinion or help you explore your options for achieving a healthy, beautiful smile.