What are the alternatives to clear invisible braces for straight teeth?
Alternative solutions to clear braces
Our smiles are becoming increasingly important in this day and age. When we go to interviews, meet new people or even just catch up with friends and family, our smile is the first thing that people notice. With this in mind, many people are becoming incredibly self conscious about their smile and looking at ways to cosmetically improve the appearance of their teeth.
Through pop culture, braces have developed a negative stereotype for being unsightly and un-trendy. However, with modern alignment technology, there are now more ways than ever to straighten your teeth.
A straighter smile
A modern solution to this problem is now the growing use of clear braces - a type of plastic retainer that fits onto your teeth.
Certain brands of invisible braces will provide you with a treatment plan after you meet with a dedicated dental specialist.
Each time you visit your specialist, you will be provided with a new, clear veneer that will be slightly different from the last. This will slowly, over time, move your dental arch around.
How do they work?
After a dentist or orthodontist takes an impression of your dental profile, an align technology plan will be put into place where a series of plastic aligners will be given to you throughout your treatment.
These braces are custom engineered to fit your teeth and shape them over a period of up to anywhere between 12 and 24 months. Over your treatment time, these invisible braces will reshape your teeth by forcing them to move, straightening them accordingly to your plan.
As your teeth are being forcibly moved, you may feel some form of discomfort.
Other forms of invisible braces
Alongside clear retainers, there are other forms of braces that fit into the ‘invisible brace' category.
Ceramic Braces Ceramic braces are almost the same as traditional metal braces that require brackets and wires along the dental arch.
The key difference with ceramic braces is that tooth colored ceramic brackets, even sometimes tooth colored wires, are applied to try and make the brace blend in with the surrounding teeth.
As the ceramic bracket isn't as strong as the metal alternative, the treatment when using a ceramic brace will be longer. This may require greater costs of up to $500.
Inside Braces Much like traditional braces, inside braces will run a wire along your dental arch but instead of running on the outside, it runs along the inside of your arch. Unfortunately with this form of brace, the cost can be greater than other forms of braces and the treatment can require more time to complete. Plaque and oral hygiene can become more of a problem when using inside braces and they are harder to clean than the more traditional brace.
Taking care of your smile
Taking care of your oral health when straightening your smile and it is still important to brush and floss your natural teeth to avoid any infections or gum disease.
With any form of lingual braces, oral care is essential as food particles can get stuck and cause infection to your gums.
With clear aligners, you can clean the product by gently brushing it with a fine toothbrush. You can use generic, non-abrasive dental cleaning products to keep your aligner disinfection and hygienic.
What's the cost?
Invisible brace retainers are custom made and require regular visits with a specialist, the price of invisible braces can be quite hefty. Clear braces can cost anywhere between $3,000 - $4,000 depending on the severity of the individual case which can make the product out of reach for many. Even with a payment plan, this can become a costly treatment.
What alternative do I have?
Luckily there is an affordable alternative to clear braces that is cost effective and doesn’t require you to leave the comfort of your home! instasmile is a custom made product that uses an impression of your teeth to create a set of bespoke veneers just for you (also read the full Instasmile review). You simply take a mould of your teeth at home, which we then put into our state-of-the-art 3D scanner and our technicians will start to design your custom smile.
Why instasmile over a clear brace?
- No dentist visits or having to squeeze in appointments, you simply take your own impression at home at a time that suits you to enable us to produce a perfectly bespoke, custom set of clip-on veneers.
- Our clip-on veneers are a much cheaper alternative to clear braces, costing a fraction of the price
- Life doesn’t wait, so why should you? Instant results combining straightening AND whitening in one without the discomfort of having to reposition your own teeth.
- Goes one step further than clear braces by offering a total cosmetic enhancement solution, covering chips, cracks, discoloration and missing teeth
- You can drink and eat most foods without having to remove your instasmile
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