How Do Clear Braces Work?

Often, when we speak to patients about misalignment, they assume metal braces are the only option for correcting their smile. In reality, we can offer an alternative that is actually practically invisible. How do clear braces work?

Frequently Asked Questions About Clear Braces

Question: How does treatment differ from braces?

Answer:  With braces, metal brackets will need to be attached to the teeth and connected with an arch wire. The dentist then adjusts the tension of the wire to reposition the teeth. With Invisalign, we forgo metal orthodontics in favor of a series of clear and custom-made plastic aligners.

Question: How often do I wear the aligners?

Answer: Patients will wear a set of aligners daily for between 20 and 23 hours, upgrading to a new set approximately once every two weeks. The total treatment period will last about a year to 18 months, depending on the severity of misalignment.

Question: What benefits does Invisalign offer?

Answer: First, your orthodontics will be practically invisible. Second, you can remove them before meals, which means you don’t need to alter your diet or avoid certain foods, as is the case when wearing braces. Removable braces also make caring for your teeth easier, helping them stay brighter and healthier as they are repositioned. You can also remove them for special occasions, but make sure you’re still wearing them for the amount of time the doctor recommends.

Question: Can the aligners help teens as well?

Answer: Yes! Invisalign can help teen patients as well. They may require closer to 18 months to see optimal results, as their mouths are still growing and developing. If you have any questions about clear braces, or if you would like to try Invisalign yourself, then please contact our office today. We want to help you enjoy a healthier and more attractive smile!

Ready to Try Invisalign?

We can use a series of clear aligners to correct your misalignment. If you need to schedule a dental visit in Brighton, MA, do so by calling Brighton Family Dental Group at (617) 562-5210. We proudly welcome patients from Brighton, Watertown, Cambridge, Brookline, Newton, and all surrounding communities.

 

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