What are braces and how do invisible braces differ?

What are braces and how do invisible braces differ?

Braces are a form of orthodontics and can be used by both teens and adolescents, as well as adults. Typical braces consist of wire brackets that are adhered to the teeth using a dental glue adhesive, wires are then attached to the brackets and slowly encourage the teeth to move in a certain direction. Although there are several types of braces within modern orthodontics, traditional metal braces are usually what comes to mind when individuals hear the word ‘braces’.

Invisible braces generally refer to clear aligners. Invisalign is the main and largest provider of clear aligners, boasting a high success rate means they are the first choice for many surgeries and practices within the UK. More subtle orthodontic options consist of both ‘tooth coloured’ or ‘white braces’ which are similar to traditional metal braces however they have transparent and natural looking components, whilst working just as effectively. Lingual braces consist of a thin metal wire which are adhered to the back of the teeth, meaning they are almost completely invisible, and may therefore be more attractive to older patients, despite them being slightly more costly.

What are invisible braces?

Invisible braces are essentially a form of clear retainer that consists of a plastic material. Invisalign and other providers of clear aligners have been proved effective in reducing the overcrowding of the front teeth, despite traditional metal orthodontic braces being proved more effective at solving other orthodontic issues. Clear aligners are extremely popular with patients who wish to have a more subtle form of orthodontic treatment.

Are clear aligners the right orthodontic treatment for me?

Clear aligners might be suitable for patients who are in professional positions and feel as if having visible orthodontics may hinder their careers. Clear aligners may be suitable for patients who have an underbite or an overbite of the teeth. Patients with a crossbite or a ‘deep bite’ might also opt for clear aligners. Patients who suffer from overcrowding of the mouth as well as gapped teeth may also decide to undergo treatment with clear aligners as they can solve these issues.

How would I start the process of receiving ‘Invisalign’ or other clear aligners?

Clear aligners work by slowly adjusting the position of the teeth within the mouth, resulting in a straight alignment of the teeth. Clear aligners are updated every few weeks and are given to your provider to supply you with. Firstly, your local surgery or practice will provide you with an initial consultation, which will establish whether clear aligners are suitable for you. An X-ray will be given to you by your dental professional and then moulds created.

How do I find a surgery or practice that supplies Invisalign?

In order to receive Invisalign treatment you should start by finding a local practice or surgery that provides this service, or a similar clear aligner provider. In order to find a clear aligner provider you can call your local dentist or search the Invisalign website by entering your location.