While it’s rare to have naturally straight teeth it is still possible to have the perfect smile with orthodontics; however, as we get older the idea of wearing bulky braces that have metal wires and brackets can be less than appealing. Luckily there are better options for adults and those looking to straighten their smiles more discreetly. Clear braces like Invisalign can fix mild to more complex dental cases, promising a better-looking smile.
About Clear Braces
Clear braces consist of a series of clear, plastic aligners that are custom-designed to fit your upper and lower teeth. They are able to fix a variety of dental issues including gaps between teeth, overcrowding, crooked teeth, and mild to severe malocclusions.
Once we deem you an ideal candidate for treatment we will take impressions of your smile that a laboratory will then use to create your unique set of aligners. Each aligner is designed to shift certain teeth according to the detailed treatment plan we created for you and your smile. Once the aligners have been created we will fit you with the first set in the series.
Wearing Clear Braces
We advise all patients with clear braces to wear them for about 20 to 22 hours each day. Each aligner will be worn for two weeks, after which you will replace them with the next set in your treatment series. Over time these aligners will gradually shift your teeth into the proper position. During this time you will also see us every four to six weeks for routine visits to make sure that your treatment is progressing as it should.
Benefits of Clear Braces
What makes clear braces an ideal option for many of our patients is that it offers a way to straighten smiles without the typical “metal mouth” that turns people away from getting braces later in life. Furthermore, because you can remove your aligners you don’t have to worry about dietary restrictions, as you would if you opt for traditional braces. Just remove your trays before eating or drinking and then be sure to brush and rinse out your aligners before putting them back in. It’s that simple!
Also, you don’t have to worry about brushing and flossing around delicate wiring either, as you can easily remove your clear braces prior to your oral care regime. clear braces easily fit into any lifestyle.
The length of your treatment will depend on the complexity of your case. The average treatment length for adults is about one year; however, teenagers who opt for clear braces may need to wear their aligners for more than a year.
If you are interested in finding out whether clear braces could improve your smile, then the next step is to schedule an orthodontic consultation with your McLean, VA dentists. Call us today at (703) 942-8882!