Clear braces fit over teeth

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No matter your age, most people find the idea of metal braces unappealing.  Teens especially, so sensitive to fitting in, tend to worry about the social costs of “metal mouth.”  Most adults considering braces think about how braces will look to their employers, co-workers, clients, and romantic partners.

Even though traditional braces promise beautiful straight teeth, the typical term (36 months) seems like a lifetime. But there’s another, better option. An orthodontic device called Invisalign works faster than regular metal braces, is nearly invisible to the eye and you can eat and drink whatever you want. Best of all, the cost is comparable to traditional orthodontics.  Really.

The Invisalign system uses a system of comfortable plastic aligners that are custom molded for your teeth.  These plastic trays fit over your teeth and are clear, so no one knows you’re wearing them. Every two weeks or so, you change to the next set of trays in a series designed exactly for you by your dentist. domain dns . Each tray steadily moves your teeth into an ideal position. There are no wires, no tightening, and no pain.

A 2008 study in Aesthetic Dentistry Today found that the average treatment time for traditional braces was 35.9 months and as long as 96 months. Invisalign was found to produce its results within 12-18 months.  Not only was it faster, but Invisalign patients got to enjoy candy, pizza, bagels, breads and many other foods that are banned with traditional metal braces. Hot and cold drinks can also cause problems with metal and have to be avoided. Because you can take Invisalign out at any time, nothing is off the list.

Here’s a look at the benefits of Invisalign over traditional braces.

 

Invisalign                                             Braces

Can be taken out any time                Are hard wired to your teeth and required painful tightening

Works in 12-18 months                     Typical treatment is 36+ months

Invisible to others                               Obvious metal mouth

Eatanything                                          Must eat from list of approved food/drinks

Average cost $5000                            Average cost $5000

No gum side effects                             Can irritate gums and teeth roots

Very comfortable to wear                   Can be painful

Must wear 20-22 hours a day            Worn 24 hours a day

 

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