How Are Clear Braces Different from Traditional Braces?
Since they are bonded directly to the front surface of permanent teeth, conventional orthodontic braces are quite conspicuous. Some people might simply feel too embarrassed to have a lot of noticeable metallic hardware inside the mouth. Aluminum, stainless steel and titanium are some common materials that make up the bulk of classic braces. These heavy-duty installations are rigid, durable, resistant to corrosion and other types of damages. The fundamental goal of traditional braces is to exert and maintain pressure on misaligned teeth. Also installed directly on enamel, clear braces are designed to serve the same exact purpose in terms of correcting a malocclusion. However, there are some major aesthetic and structural differences between clear braces and conventional braces.
Made from some type of composite material that’s virtually transparent, clear brackets have tremendous cosmetic appeal. These appliances are usually paired with arch wires that also have a relatively inconspicuous finish. Some clear braces actually have a texture that mimics the color of enamel. Although they aren’t technically clear, they simply blend in nicely with the teeth. Due to limitations in mechanical properties, ceramic and composite braces are only efficient in correcting mild and moderate forms of bad bites.
Overview on Clear Aligners
Orthodontic patients don’t necessarily need to have any hardware directly bonded to teeth with an ultra-strong dental cement. Fortunately, there are removable appliances that could align teeth into desirable positions. Transparent aligners are very popular among teenagers and adults who might feel some social pressure regarding physical appearance, oral hygiene and other behavior. For instance, classic braces can make it more difficult to speak, brush teeth and play sports. Clear aligners give patients the flexibility to live functional and happy lives without constantly being bothered by hardware on teeth. However, it’s important to realize that such cosmetic alternatives have to be worn for most of the day. The severity of a malocclusion ultimately dictates the wearing schedule for a patient. An individual who suffers from moderate crowding of the teeth is advised to wear a clear aligner for approximately 20 hours a day.
Which Clear Aligners Should You Get?
There are several popular brands of transparent aligners that utilize state-of-the-art technology. Invisalign® is a brand that has surely been a pioneer in this specific niche of orthodontics. In fact, Invisalign® is still the most trusted brand of clear aligners on the market today. If you are not qualified for aligners, however, you can still benefit from clear braces.
Our orthodontist will take precise scans of the patient’s upper and lower dental arches. The renderings are then utilized by lab technicians to manufacture multiple moldings that are integrated into a custom treatment plan. On average, a person will need to wear between 15 and 20 different clear aligners in order to successfully complete treatment for a bad bite. Additionally, it’s imperative to wear a proper retainer to maintain the integrity of a newly adjusted bite.
If you are interested in learning more about clear braces, you can learn more about the benefits of this option at Petty, Bielik and Burke Orthodontics in Oak Lawn and Frankfort. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation!