Many people often associate braces with kids and young teens. The truth is that braces are actually becoming quite popular amongst young adults as well as adults. Braces serve as a tool to help correct improper bite problems and create a beautiful smile, regardless of what age you are.
Fixed Braces (Traditional Option)
Fixed Braces are attached to the front of teeth. The teeth are shifted by maneuvering wires which connect to the each of the brackets. Fixed braces generally take between nine months and two years for treatment. Upon removal, patients can wear a retainer to help maintain their teeth.
Ceramic braces are similar to fixed braces, except they are made to match a similar shade as a person’s teeth. Subsequently, these braces are much less noticeable than fixed braces.
Lingual Braces are an alternative to fixed or ceramic braces. Though these braces may be more painful and uncomfortable for adults, they are nearly invisible. Lingual braces are fixed to the back of the teeth and provide an unorthodox solution.
Clear Braces, also known as Invisalign, are greatly increasing in popularity. These braces, for adults, are worn for at least 18 hours per day and are removed during meals. Every few weeks, the braces are exchanged for a newly tweaked set. Clear braces are appearance-friendly and effective, however they generally only work for people with mild to moderate orthodontic needs. Learn more about Invisalign here.
What is Invisalign®?
- Invisalign ® is a way to straighten your teeth without braces. Invisalign® is also referred by many as Invisible Braces, Clear Braces, Adult Braces, Adult Orthodontics.
- Invisalign ® uses a series of clear removable aligners to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets.
- Invisalign ® has been proven effective in clinical research and in orthodontic practices nationwide. In fact, over 70% of all U.S. orthodontists are certified to treat patients with Invisalign®.
How Does Invisalign® Work?
- You wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss.
- As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move - little by little, week by week - until they have straightened to the final position your doctor has prescribed.
- You'll visit the dental practice about once every 6 weeks to ensure that your Invisalign®orthodontic treatment is progressing as planned.
- Total treatment time averages 9-15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.
How Are Invisalign® Aligners Made?
The aligners are made through a combination of expertise of our dental staff and 3-D computer imaging technology.