The (Almost Hidden) Benefits of Invisible Braces
What Are Invisible Braces?
Invisible braces are called invisible because they normally can't be seen. They are either made of transparent material, are positioned on the back of the teeth, or are tooth-colored.
Braces placed on the back of the teeth are called lingual braces. As with regular braces, the patient consults with his/her dentist who then makes impressions of the patient's teeth. Lab technicians then make braces that fit the patient's teeth perfectly. It can take longer than a month for invisible braces to be created.
Once created, the lingual braces are brought to the dentist's office where they are bonded to the back of the patient's teeth. The session usually takes a few hours, and the patient returns periodically for adjustments.
Other types of invisible braces are ceramic braces. These are similar to the traditional metal braces except they have brackets made of ceramic dyed to match the color of the patient's teeth. Even the wires can be the color of the teeth. Though they are not absolutely invisible, ceramic braces are difficult to see from a distance.
Invisalign straightens the teeth through a series of clear trays similar to mouthguards. The trays are changed every two weeks or so as the teeth move more and more into alignment. Unlike the other invisible braces, the patient can take Invisalign trays out.
Five Ways Braces Can Improve Oral Health
Braces not only make a person's smile more appealing, but also have health benefits.
5. Reduced Risk of Injury
Teeth that protrude are at greater risk for trauma.
1. Prevention of Gum Disease
Straighter teeth are actually easier to take care of than teeth that are misaligned. Because they are easier to brush and floss, straighter teeth reduce the risk of periodontal disease.
2. Prevention of Cavities
The ease of care that comes with having straight teeth also lowers the chances of tooth decay.
3. Prevention of Wear
Teeth that are misaligned grind against each other and wear down more quickly than straightened teeth.
4. Better Digestion
Straight teeth help a person chew their food more thoroughly, which in turn leads to easier digestion.