Did you know we have a cosmetic alternative to metal braces? If you have crooked, crowded, or overlapping teeth, then we can help reposition them with a series of clear and comfortable aligners. In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist looks at the benefits of treating poor alignment with the Clear Braces™ system, and what you should expect from the treatment process.
The Difference Between Aligners and Braces
Metal braces are an effective means of correcting smiles. A series of brackets will be attached to the front-facing sides of the teeth. A arch wire will be connected to the brackets with bands, and during periodic visits the dentist will adjust the tension to begin moving the teeth. However, with aligners the patient wears a set for 20 to 22 hours a day, upgrading to a new set every two weeks or so. There are fewer office visits, and the aligners will be nearly invisible when worn.
Beginning Your Treatment
First, we’re going to carefully examine your smile to assess the case and extent of your misalignment. Next, we will take detailed impressions and images of your smile. Using these, a series of aligners will be created from a BPA-free plastic material. You then start treatment by wearing your first set. We may suggest this option for teens and adults alike, and correcting misalignment has been shown to reduce the risk of issues like tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ disorder, bruxism (teeth grinding), and help you enjoy a more attractive smile.
The Benefits of Removable Orthodontics
Along with being practically invisible, they also offer a more comfortable treatment experience, helping pepe avoid the gum and cheek irritation often reported with traditional braces. You also need fewer office visits as we mentioned above, and the total treatment time is usually shorter, often taking as little as one year. They are also removable! You don’t need to avoid certain foods, instead you simply take them out before a meal and place them back in afterward. Being able to remove them also means a much easier time brushing and flossing. You don’t have to work around metal orthodontics, so you can brush and floss as you normally would, protecting your smile from tooth decay, gum disease, and discoloration during your treatment. If you have any questions about the process of correcting smiles with clear orthodontics, or if you would like to set up a consultation to see if this is the right choice for you, then contact our team today.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT CLEAR BRACES™?
We know how to correct smiles with a comfortable and cosmetic approach. To learn more about cosmetic orthodontics, then schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-897-4288.