Many people consider the thought of getting braces to be unpleasant. However, through modern dentistry and with recent advances, invisible braces are now a popular option. As a result, getting braces may not be as terrible as people think.
Braces are commonly used to straighten misaligned teeth and improve an overbite. While it is common to correct these problems during late childhood, there are situations where adults end up needing braces. In the past, metal braces were most often used to correct dental problems such as bite issues or overcrowded teeth. Metal braces are notoriously uncomfortable and can be quite unsightly. Fortunately, there are now other solutions available which can address some of these common issues. Invisible braces, which are also called ibraces, lingual braces, or Incognito™, can be used as an option rather than the traditional metal braces.
Rather than being worn on the front surface of your teeth as traditional braces are installed, ibraces are placed on the back side of your teeth. This makes them virtually invisible to others. They are entirely customizable, which makes it possible to follow the contour of your teeth for comfort and to give you optimal results and the best smile possible.
Straight teeth and a revitalized smile no longer have to be associated with a mouth full of unattractive wire and bracket braces. Invisible braces offer an esthetic and barely visible alternative to conventional wire/bracket braces while enhancing a patient’s self-esteem and confidence
While invisible braces are not suitable for all cases of misalignment or complicated bite problems which are better suited using traditional orthodontics, invisible braces can be an effective solution in treating the following conditions:
- Overbite or overjet
- Wide gaps or overly crowded teeth
- Crooked teeth
Invisible braces are specifically designed for adults and older teenagers, but they are not recommended when the patient still has their baby teeth. Children and younger teenagers who have orthodontic issues still require traditional metal braces with brackets/wires on the front of the teeth. Work with your dentist or orthodontist to determine if you are a candidate for invisible braces. The alternative treatment was specially designed for adults due to the need for absolute and rigid cooperation.
The treatment process for receiving invisible braces starts with a consultation from an orthodontist. The orthodontist will take impressions of your teeth and along with the prescription, sent to an Incognito™ Appliance laboratory. Models are then created from the impressions are scanned into a computer. The computer uses 3-D imaging technology to create the customized ibraces. Each bracket and wire is specially designed to fit your teeth through the prescription your orthodontist writes. It typically takes five to six weeks for the creation of braces.
The ibraces are then delivered to your orthodontist and prepared for your bonding appointment. You can expect the bonding appointment to take several hours. The amount of time required for appoints can drastically vary for each patient. This customized approach means you can expect fewer adjustments, and fewer visits to the orthodontist during your treatment process. If the thought of wearing braces is daunting, consider invisible braces as an optimal solution for achieving a better smile.
Length of Treatment
The length of treatment varies based on your individual case and the type of invisible braces your orthodontist uses. The braces are typically worn for about 18 to 24 months. However, they are sometimes worn longer to severe cases. Metal braces work the best for severe cases because they are created from the strongest materials. Ceramic braces, while strong and more attractive, take longer to adjust the teeth because the material used is not as strong as metal. Braces placed on the inside of the mouth can also take more time to achieve the desired results.
As with most treatments, the expected treatment time for clear aligners can vary. As an example, Invisalign treatment typically requires the use of 20 to 30 aligners for the upper and lower teeth. Invisalign usually takes about 9-15 months to complete. ClearCorrect treatment times can vary from 12-24 months and depends on alignment issue being treated. Treatment for moderate cases requires 32 steps for treatment, which are delivered in eight different phases. More minor cases require just 12 steps of treatment which are delivered in three different phases.
Cost of Invisible Braces
The cost for invisible braces is equal to or slight higher than other traditional orthodontic treatments. The cost can range from $2,500 to $7,000 based on your specific case. The cost for your braces is determined by various factors which can include the type of braces, the duration of treatment, the dental professional, your geographic location, your dental insurance coverage and any other restorative work required during treatment. Many dentists and orthodontists offer financing options.
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