Orthodontics, which commonly employ braces, is a form of dentistry that strives to reposition, and therefore straighten the teeth within the mouth. Orthodontics work by applying pressure on the teeth, enabling them to reach the desired position. Patients who may be leaning towards braces may suffer from overcrowded teeth, gaps within the teeth, or an ‘overbite’. Orthodontics is a field of dentistry that has been around for many years, however, in modern dental practices, traditional metal braces are not the only option.
Alternative forms of braces
Despite the effectiveness of traditional metal braces for resolving more severe dental cases (such as front protrusion of the teeth), alternative forms of braces can also produce excellent results. Patients who may be reluctant to receive ‘train tracks’ may be of an older generation, or simply do not wish for obvious dental work. Traditional metal braces may be considered unsightly, which is why there is now a desire for many patients to receive both subtle, and fast acting orthodontic work. Arguably the most popular form of discreet braces are clear aligners and possibly the most popular brand provider of these is Invisalign.
Why choose clear braces?
Invisalign is a brand provider for clear aligners which are used nationwide by many dental clinics. Invisalign are clear aligners which can produce results in as little as eighteen weeks, they have the advantage of being removable, which can be convenient for many patients. Clear aligners have risen dramatically in popularity within recent years, due to their invisible appearance, and effective dental results.
The treatment process
Aside from their results, Invisalign uses the best dental technology, employing a digital three dimensional impression system to plan a patient’s treatment process. As with any dental treatment, all patients start with an initial consultation, after impressions have been taken (without the use of unpleasant dental putty) the exact number of trays are determined, this dramatically reduces the number of appointments required.
Patients who may end up with Invisalign
Patients who are suffering from misaligned teeth, overcrowded teeth, an overbite or an underbite may be eligible for clear aligners.
How much do clear aligners cost?
Much like any dental treatment, the cost varies greatly depending on the individual dental case. Although it’s hard to give an estimate, the average cost of an Invisalign treatment is clearly worth the investment. Many patients may be concerned about the imagined price of Invisalign, however it is always worth talking to your dental practice first to understand the amounts involved and just how much most patients get out of the treatment. With modern dental establishments there are many payment plans available, such as monthly instalment options, some with 0% interest.
Aside from clear aligners, there are many alternative options available within the field of dentistry. Inman aligners and lingual braces are just a few examples of orthodontics which produce effective results, with a more discreet appearance in comparison to traditional metal braces.
Lingual braces are an excellent alternative to traditional braces, they use a metal wire and plate system which are adhered to the back of the teeth, meaning they are invisible to onlookers. Lingual braces have the advantage of causing minimal (or zero) abrasion to the teeth and gums, whilst producing rapid results.