Invisible braces (invisable braces) — work to correct the alignment of your teeth without the obvious metal brackets and wires of traditional braces. You can have invisible teeth braces fitted in the Broadway Family Dental office, where you take your family for all their dental needs. Ask about Invisalign aligners, which invisibly shift teeth into position without permanent brackets.
Your family dentist in Brooklyn provides children and adults who need teeth alignment with an invisible braces option. While traditional metal braces have a long history of success, they distract from your appearance, which can be detrimental during social or career-oriented activities. Invisible teeth braces do the same job without the stigma of metal braces.
The dentists at Broadway Family Dental understand the importance of straight teeth — not just for aesthetic reasons, but for health reasons. Crooked teeth can lead to:
- Teeth grinding
- Abnormal wear of your teeth
- An inability to chew properly
- Cracked and broken teeth
- Jaw pain and tooth pain
- Biting your cheeks
- Headaches or even earaches
- Embarrassment of how your mouth looks
- Speech problems
Advantages of Invisible Braces
Your appearance is the number one reason to choose invisible or invisable braces. These dental appliances are less noticeable than traditional metal braces, but work just as well. Like metal braces, invisible braces apply pressure on your teeth to slowly move them into the proper position.
You have some choices when considering invisible teeth braces because there’s not one kind that works for everyone. You may have a different preference. Also, invisible teeth braces tend to be more expensive than metal ones, so your choice may be determined by your budget.
Choosing Your Invisible Braces
If your family dentist determines that you need braces, you can opt for invisible braces. Once you decide to get invisible teeth braces, you get to choose the type. Your choices include:
- Braces made of clear ceramics. These clear braces are made of ceramic instead of metal. They work the same way, with brackets and wires, but because of the clear material, they’re less noticeable on your teeth. Clear ceramic braces are generally more expensive than metal braces. Like metal ones, you must take pains to keep them clean to prevent staining and tooth decay.
- Braces fitted to the back of your teeth. Called lingual braces, these invisible braces pull your teeth back into position. While effective and really quite invisible when you smile, lingual braces have four disadvantages:
- You may experience more discomfort, especially with your tongue, which can get irritated.
- Lingual braces are more expensive than ceramic invisable braces.
- They’re more difficult to clean and keep clean.
- Lingual braces may cause you to slur your speech until you get used to wearing them.
- Invisible retainers. Invisalign, the brand name of these retainers, aren’t really braces. Yet they achieve the same results. Invisalign aligners don’t rely on brackets and wires. Invisalign aligners are made of clear plastic material that’s nearly undetectable. They force your teeth into alignment a little at a time.
For Clear Ceramic Braces and Lingual Braces
The process for getting and wearing these invisible braces resembles the traditional process for metal braces. Brackets are glued onto your teeth — in front for ceramic braces and in the back for lingual braces — and these brackets hold wire and elastic bands. Once installed, your family dentist in Brooklyn then tightens the elastics and wires as needed, which causes the pressure that moves your teeth gradually into proper alignment.
For both ceramic and lingual invisible teeth braces, you need to visit your dentist at Broadway Family Dental on a monthly basis, at least initially, so your braces can be adjusted to work correctly. You need to wear these braces for one to two years, based on the amount of movement you need. At the end of that time, the wires and brackets are removed, your teeth are cleaned and you may need to wear a retainer at night to maintain proper teeth alignment.
For Invisalign Aligners
Invisalign aligners are inherently different from braces. Instead of an installation process, your family dentist takes a mold of your teeth in their current position. The mold becomes the basis for a series of retainers, made of clear plastic, that fit over your teeth. You may need a variety of different Invisalign aligners to move your teeth as the process progresses.
Each retainer is finely tuned to move your teeth a little more. You wear the Invisalign retainer all the time, up to 22 hours a day, taking them out to eat, brush or floss. You may need an adjustment period to get used to the dental appliance, but it won’t impact your speech or your appearance. Your Brooklyn dentist needs to check your progress every month or so, just as with regular braces. You have to wear them for six months to two years.
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