Clear Braces are simply, alternatives to what is traditionally known as braces. Braces are designed to help guide teeth to their proper position and bring a perfect smile to the face. Similar to the metal or wire brackets or braces, clear or invisible aligners also force or control tooth movement gradually. Straight teeth and the perfect smile may no longer need to come from a mouth full of unattractive mental wires or bracket braces. Now, invisible or clear braces offer an ideal and bearly visible alternative to conventional wire/bracket braces.
The concept of invisible braces was introduced in 1997. With the 3-D computer technology and fabrication of clear plastic aligners, the product became available to the dentist in the year 2000.
Different types of Clear Braces:
1. Ceramic brackets
Ceramic braces are like metal wire braces, except they use tooth-colored brackets or tooth-colored wires. The tooth-colored ceramic blends with the teeth, and they are less noticeable than metal. At a close look, they are visible but not as visible as the metal. Ceramic or invisible clear braces are made of composite materials that are weaker and more brittle. Ceramic brackets are bigger; they require small rubber bands or ligatures to hold them to the archwire. Typically they are placed at the upper teeth or just the upper center teeth. Ceramic braces are not removable until completion of treatment. It causes irritation and not comfortable while eating or speaking. Since they are not as strong as metal wire braces, they require a longer treatment time, and they are more expensive than traditional metal wire brackets.
2. Inside braces or iBraces
Inside braces also called inside invisible braces, lingual braces or “iBraces.” Typically attached to the back of the teeth, insides of the upper and sometimes lower and are unseen from view. They are fixed and therefore, not removable. iBraces are made using the scanned images of the inside teeth to create extraordinary computer-designed brackets which are custom made. Dentist use elastics with iBraces to help hasten the treatment. They cost higher than traditional braces. The biggest challenge when using iBraces is maintaining dental hygiene and removing dental plaque. Because of this reason many dentist and orthodontists are not comfortable recommending iBraces.
3. Clear Aligners
There are series of clear removable aligners which are nearly invisible. They are custom made and fitted to the teeth well and reasonably comfortable. The treatment is an irritation-free with minimal adjustment. There are no brackets or wires or pokes. Clear aligners can be removed while eating or drinking, making it easier to brush and floss. While they are relatively comfortable, clear aligners can cause some discomfort and mild pain at the beginning. The dentist or orthodontist take a computerized three-dimensional impression of teeth and send them to specific laboratories to get the custom-fit-clear aligners. They come in sets, and the number of aligners will depend on particular patients orthodontic problem. The duration of usage depends on the issue and the advice given by the dentist or the orthodontist when visiting for regular checkups. The teeth will slowly adjust and will gradually resign to the required desired smile with each new set of aligners. Normally 20 to 30 aligners for the upper and lower teeth are used, which takes on an average from 9 to 15 months. Depending on the severity, it can go from 12 to 24 months.
Benefits of Clear Braces:
- It helps the patient improve the appearance of the smile without attaching a metal wire.
- The new idea with the aligners is that it could be removed while eating meals. This results in good dental hygiene which gained the confidence of the patients.
- Straightening teeth are healthier since food particles are the contributing factor to decay and dental problems and gum diseases. Teeth that are straightened and adequately aligned gather less plaque and are easier to clean appropriately while brushing and flossing.
- One of the main benefits is a decrease in the traumatic wear that results in form teeth that are not fitted or aligned together properly because they wear at an improper rate. Chipping, breaking or wearing of gum line are some signs.
- Clear braces retain teeth for life. The benefits are more than just a beautiful smile. It raises the patient’s confidence level.
Can anyone get clear or invisible teeth aligners?
Straightening child teeth is very complicated when their mouths are still growing or developing. Dentist or orthodontist recommends adults or teens for invisible custom made or built aligners for a tight fit.
What condition can Clear braces treat?
Clear invisible aligners are used naturally for mild or moderate crowded teeth with minor spacing issues. For severe crowding or spacing or patients with severe overbites, underbites or crossbites more complex treatments would be needed. The orthodontist or dentist decides the correct bite and plans for the moving of the teeth. Invisible clear braces are used to treat overbite or overjet, crooked teeth, underbites, and spacing between teeth. Clear or invisible aligners are fabricated to fit the mouth and are they are made of a durable plastic material. They are recommended by the dentist to at least wear for 20 hours a day to reach the preferred effectiveness. Each aligner is usually worn for three weeks before a change is required. The severity of the case will determine the intervals of treatment using clear or invisible. Often, aligner treatment can be as short as three weeks or as long as six months.
How does Clear invisible aligners work?
Clear or Invisible Aligners involve four phases of therapy. Each stage a new set of aligners are required to be worn for approximately 3 week period. The aligners are to be worn all the times, except while brushing or flossing, eating or drinking. The results will be noticed gradually as the teeth begin to adjust and align to the desired smile slowly. It is important to visit the dentist periodically to check the progress and to evaluate when the next set has to start.
Clear Braces have three treatment options:
- Option 1- Unlimited: The dentist provides with as many aligners to complete the treatment. Here the cost is high.
- Option 2: Limited 12: Patients are provided with 12 sets of aligners. The dentist and your insurance can guide if this option is good.
- Option 3: Limited 06: Patients are provided with 06 sets of aligners
Cost of Clear Braces:
The cost of invisible braces is higher than metal braces. The approximate range is from $2,500 to $7,500. Factors, type, duration of treatment, the location, type of dental insurance would determine the cost. Important to note is that any restoration work needed before the procedure would be added to the total. It is good to check with the dental insurance provider and the dental office to see what benefits you qualify for.
The thought or idea of braces or getting metal braces is usually not a pleasant one, but here is the option of invisible braces that helps move some of the stigma attached as well as the discomfort. As we all know, braces are to straighten misaligned teeth and to improve an overbite problem. Invisible braces or iBraces, lingual braces or incognito are often used as a desirable option to the traditional metal wire braces. Invisible aligners are for mild to moderate problems in your teeth. The Orthodontist or your dentist will help you decide whether it is a treatment for you or you need something more complex. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, ortho care can be done at any age. However, the age when the patient is still growing up is the best time for any ortho care.
Visit Dr. Mohamed Ali to understand whether you can opt for invisible braces and get the newfound confidence to your smile. He will thoroughly examine your mouth and will present different options and also advise you on the best option, suited for you. The billing experts will check your insurance benefits and offer a complete treatment plan with the financial arrangements. We accept all major dental and medical PPO insurance plans. We also have an in-office Plan for Health for those who don’t have insurance. Additionally, we have partnered with various financial institutions like Care Credit, The Lending Club, Healthcare Finance Solutions to make your treatment extremely affordable. We will be happy to answer all your questions with regards to Braces. So just sit, relax, and get your concerns on Braces explained. To schedule your free consultation, call us at 415.391.7751.