Similar to Invisalign, the Clear Aligner system is a discreet way to straighten your teeth. Are these invisible braces right for you? At Apex Dental, your dentist in Northborough, Dr. Gauthier can have a consultation with you to determine the best way to straighten your teeth.
Who is Eligible for Invisible Braces?
Many people struggle with crooked teeth because they don’t want to deal with traditional metal braces. They’re bulky and prominent on your teeth. This means they’re very noticeable and can cause problems with eating and oral hygiene. Invisible braces are a solid alternative.
The Clear Aligner system offers treatment for mild to moderate orthodontic issues. They’re for responsible teens and adults. Younger children’s teeth aren’t fully developed, therefore we don’t recommend invisible braces for kids. Also, the patient needs to be responsible to use them. They involve clear aligners that can be easily lost. They also need to be removed multiple times a day for cleaning and eating. It’s crucial that the aligners are cleaned often and stay sanitary.
Lastly, invisible braces can’t be used for complex orthodontic issues. During your consultation with Dr. Gauthier, he’ll determine how serious your problem is. He may find that you need a stronger force to get the smile you want. Any problems with your actual bite function may mean a referral to a local orthodontist.
What are the Benefits of Invisible Braces?
There are many benefits to using the Clear Aligner system. First and foremost, the aligners are discreet. Made of thin, clear plastic, most people won’t even be able to tell that you’re wearing them. If you have metal allergies, you also won’t have to worry about any reactions with wires and brackets.
Invisible braces are also removable. You can eat and drink whatever you want as you can remove the aligners for meals. It’s likely that you’ll also have better oral hygiene. You don’t have to learn any specific ways to brush and floss around wires and brackets. You can just take the aligners out to brush your teeth as well.
These aligners are customized to your teeth specifically. You should have minimal irritation to your gums since they should fit perfectly. In many cases, treatment with invisible braces is shorter than normal treatment times. On average, it usually takes around 6-12 months.
What Can I Expect?
If it’s decided that you’re a solid candidate for invisible braces, Dr. Gauthier will make a mold of your teeth. This mold is then sent to a lab so that your clear aligners can be made. You’ll get your set of aligners, customized to your particular bite. You’ll usually wear each aligner for about two weeks. This process of changing aligners is what slowly moves your teeth into the position you want them to be in.
Invisible Braces at Your Northborough, MA Dentist
If you’re looking to get a straighter smile in a short amount of time? It’s time to see if the Clear Aligner system is right for you. Call us today or schedule an appointment online!