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The (Almost Hidden) Benefits Of Invisible Braces

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What Are Invisible Braces?

Invisible braces are called invisible because they are generally made of transparent material, 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 their dentist, who then makes impressions of the patient’s teeth. Lab technicians use these molds to make braces that fit the patient’s teeth perfectly. It can take longer than a month to create invisible braces.

Once made, lingual braces are bonded to the back of the patient’s teeth. The bonding session usually takes a few hours, and the patient will return 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 mouth guards. 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.

1. Prevention Of Wear

Teeth that are misaligned grind against each other and wear down more quickly than straightened teeth.

2. Prevention Of Cavities

The ease of care that comes with having straight teeth also lowers the chances of tooth decay.

3. Reduced Risk Of Injury

Teeth that protrude are at greater risk for trauma.

4. 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.

5. Better Digestion

Straight teeth help a person chew their food more thoroughly, which in turn leads to easier digestion.

The Importance Of Regular Dental Checkups With Braces

It is important that patients wearing braces — invisible or not — see their dentists regularly to ensure that all is proceeding as it should. The dentist can give the patient tips on how to clean the teeth with braces and which foods and activities to avoid. The patient should see an emergency dentist if the braces become broken or loose or begin to cause severe pain.

Van Dyke General and Implant Dentistry, your dentist in Gainesville is pleased to provide gentle dental and cosmetic services for our patients, including fitting invisible braces, check-ups, implants, partial or full dentures, and cosmetic dentistry. We also have a pediatric dentist and an oral surgeon on staff in case of dental emergencies. Schedule your next appointment today.