The first thing that makes invisible braces an ideal treatment for aligning teeth is that they are invisible. These braces are also called clear aligners. Here at Hillfield Pediatric Dentistry, we are proud to offer this option to our patients and encourage you to learn more about it.
Another thing that makes these braces ideal is that they can be taken out by the patient. This allows them to brush and floss their teeth as they would as if they were not wearing aligners. With traditional braces, dental hygiene has to be done with exquisite care, something that not all people who wear braces, especially younger people, have time or patience for. The patient who wears invisible braces can take them out to eat the foods that they normally enjoy. With braces, the patient needs to give up favorite foods that are sticky or crunchy for as long as two years.
Are They for Everyone?
Invisible braces aren’t really for everyone. For best results, they do need to be worn for the majority of every day. Though the patient can control when they take them out, they also must remember to put them back in. For this reason, invisible braces are better for teenagers and adults as opposed to young children. Besides this, aligning the bite of a child is a more complex process than aligning the bite of an adult.
Invisible braces are also best for people whose alignment issues are mild, and not every orthodontist knows how to treat a patient who wants invisible braces. A patient who wants them may need recommendations from their general dentist then schedule consultations with orthodontists who have experience with these kinds of aligners.
How They Work
Invisible braces work much the way regular braces do. They put gentle but constant pressure on the teeth. However, they are custom-made for the patient. The orthodontist X-rays the patient’s teeth and the takes impressions of the teeth that are used as the basis for making the braces. The dentist also uses the images and scans of the patient’s teeth to set up a treatment plan.
Invisible braces are usually made out of a transparent plastic that fits over the teeth. At first, they may be uncomfortable because the fit is quite tight, but the patient adjusts over time. As their teeth grow into alignment, the aligners will be changed every two weeks or so until they’re in the right position.
Call Us for More Information
If you notice that your teeth are crowded or you have an overbite or underbite you want to fix, don’t hesitate to reach out and make an appointment with Hillfield Pediatric Dentistry! At our convenient location in Layton, UT, our caring and dedicated team of professionals will be pleased to explain this option in greater detail and answer any questions you may have about invisible braces. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!