Gone are the days when braces sent shivers down spines. Now, over 4 million Americans wear braces, and that figure continues to grow.
But what are the treatment options? For some, a traditional brace is not an option. Maybe you do not want the brace to be visible, or you want to continue eating what you want.
Well, there is a solution. Clear adult braces, commonly known by the brand name Invisilaign®, could be for you.
Still, it is easy to write off braces as an option when you are older. Maybe you had braces, but your teeth have since moved, and you do not want to go through the process again. Or you are self-conscious of your smile and want to feel more confident but do not want a brace showing.
It is never too late! And there are many health benefits to having straight teeth, no matter what your age.
Clear braces can address any hesitation you have regarding traditional options. For teen orthodontics and adult orthodontists, invisible braces are a popular option. So clear aligners are worth considering!
So how do they work? And are they actually invisible? Keep reading for all you need to know!
What Are Clear Adult Braces?
There are two types of clear brace. The first is the traditional brace with clear brackets and bands. This is not invisible.
But clear aligners are the other, more invisible option this post will discuss. The most popular and original brand for this type of brace is Invisalign®, by Align Technology.
They were invented in 1997 and were inspired by the retainer. The design aimed to address traditional braces’ negatives.
Since then, the transparent brace market has exploded. And different types of Invisalign® are now available.
They are made of a flexible, non-irritable thermoplastic called SmartTrack. There is no metal involved.
Over half of Americans are self-conscious of their smile. But clear aligners offer an aesthetic solution without the appearance of braces.
How Do Clear Aligners Work?
First, your orthodontist will take impressions and make a 3D scan of your teeth. They will plan your custom treatment. This is when you will have more of an idea of the costs and treatment time.
Then, once your mold is ready, you can put on your first clear aligners! These are also commonly called trays.
Traditional braces align teeth by pulling them into place. In contrast, Invisalign® uses molds to shift your teeth into position. This is why you have to wear a new aligner every few weeks, as your teeth will be moving!
Because of the difference in how clear aligners work, they are also removable! But you should only remove them for a few hours each day for the aligners to work successfully. You have to wear them for 20-22 hours a day on average.
Treatment can take as little as six months, dependable on what needs to be fixed.
Are They Invisible?
One of the most common questions people have is if clear adult braces are invisible. They fit snugly over your teeth. Sometimes people compare them to a teeth whitening treatment or retainer.
Invisalign® is made of a transparent material. While it is not entirely invisible, it is hard to detect unless someone looks closely at your mouth. And anyway, if they were utterly invisible, they would not be easy to find!
Clear adult braces can be more noticeable after eating if you do not clean your teeth and there is some food stuck. You should brush your teeth twice a day usually, but you should brush your teeth after every meal with a brace.
The bonus of clear aligners is that you can remove them during meal times. If you do not remove them when you eat or drink something, they can also become stained. So pop them out for your coffee break!
While you cannot keep them out for many hours, you can remove the aligners briefly! So if you have a meeting or a photo, quickly take them out.
It is important to note that you may have to have add-ons to ensure a successful treatment.
For example, you may have SmartForce attachments by Invisalign®. These act as handles for the aligners to push on. In these cases, your clear brace may be more visible.
How Effective Is It?
Clear adult braces are useful if you follow your treatment plan and care for them. Before you know it, you will have the smile you desire!
While you may not want people noticing your brace, stick with your treatment plan to see the best results. It is worth it in the long run. And by far, Invisalign® is the best option for balancing invisibility with effectiveness.
Are There Any Other Benefits?
There are many other Invisalign® benefits. In terms of aesthetics, they are easier to clean. And you do not have to adapt your diet is a plus!
They are also more comfortable. So you are less likely to fiddle with them and draw attention to them.
Consider Clear Adult Braces!
Clear adult braces effectively align your teeth without being noticeable. Your confidence will continue to grow throughout treatment. And you will continue smiling freely once treatment ends!
If you follow your treatment plan, you will be surprised how few other people notice them.
The bonus is that Invisalign® is safe for all ages. They are more commonly used in teen orthodontics and adult orthodontics. But younger children can also be considered.
Do not write off getting a brace as an adult. Save the awkwardness and discomfort of a traditional brace. Consider clear adult braces!
Are you looking for Invisalign® nearby? We have Willow Creek orthodontics and Colorado orthodontics. Contact us today for more information.