Overbite, underbite, crowding teeth or overly gapped teeth. Can you really address all these practically invisibly? Yes! Invisible braces are a fantastic solution to a host of problems and we will outline some of the key points and benefits of invisible braces on offer from your dentist in Colchester.
Do you mean invisible or clear?
There is a difference. Standard braces fix to the front of the teeth and the wires and mounting points are quite visible. Clear fixed braces again fit to the front of the teeth but the mounting points are clear making them less obvious. Having the wires at the front allows your dentist to gradually adjust and manipulate your teeth over time.
So what is the difference between clear and invisible? Invisible braces are more retainer-like, in that they fit over your teeth. These custom made braces are replaced regularly, allowing your teeth to move bit by bit into their best position.
How do invisible braces work and are they right for you?
As has been mentioned, think about a retainer. These work in a very similar way. Each new set of braces is slightly different to the last, gradually moving your teeth into their desired position by exerting gentle pressure.
Invisible braces from your dentist in Colchester need to be left in for a good portion of the day. We are talking about 22 out of 24 hours. They are only to be removed for eating or drinking, anything other than cold water that is. This requires discipline on your part and if you want to get the most out of your treatment you need to consider if you can commit to following these guidelines strictly. Not doing so will affect the long-term effectiveness of your treatment.
What will be your new routine??
So it will require a level of commitment as we’ve said but it comes with a host of benefits. Primarily that these are barely noticeable. Many people have said that their friends and family haven’t noticed at all. You need to remove the braces when brushing your teeth and while eating. Every time you eat or drink something try to make it a habit to brush your teeth afterwards as the build-up of bacteria and plaque can occur around your teeth and braces if you fail to do so. Flossing will help in this area too. Avoid drinking hot drinks while wearing your retainers or the material used can warp and distort severely affecting the functionality of your braces.
Will I sound different with them on?
You may sound a bit different at first, this is not long term but it is just while you get used to the shape and feel of your invisible braces. Speech should quickly return to normal.
Do they hurt?
Dental treatments can strike fear in the hearts of many so it’s important to address the question. Is there any pain with invisible braces? Braces will take some time to get used to, during this time you may experience some discomfort, they are new to your mouth and take a bit of getting used to. The first few days of a brace at each stage of the treatment may provide some discomfort while it begins the process of moving your teeth into their new position. These should all be short term issues and it should be highlighted that invisible braces are a practically painless solution.