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Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Benefits of Clear Braces for Improving Your Smile

Cosmetic dentistry is considered as any dental work that improves the appearance of a person’s teeth, gums, or bite rather than the overall health. It can be argued, however, that many cosmetic dental practices do actually improve the health of your teeth. Straightening crooked or crowded teeth, for example, helps not only to improve the appearance of your smile, but also makes it easier to properly clean teeth to prevent the buildup of harmful plaque and tartar. And improving the appearance of your smile should not be completely dismissed either. Having a straight, white smile can increase your self-confidence. But what are the benefits of obtaining a straight smile with the help of clear braces?

Clear Braces

Traditional braces use a series of brackets, metal wires, and bonding agents to align the teeth. The metal has the potential of causing irritation to the soft tissues in the mouth, and the braces will need regular adjustments. Traditional braces are also rather noticeable, which for some people, particularly adults, can be somewhat embarrassing. An alternative to traditional braces are clear braces, such as Invisalign braces. Clear braces work to reposition teeth with a series of clear plastic trays called aligners. The clear plastic is less noticeable than traditional braces, and generally results in less discomfort to the soft tissues and gums. The aligners are also removable, allowing the patient to eat whatever they like and to properly maintain better oral hygiene habits.

How They Work

The aligners are custom designed to gradually align your teeth to the desired position. Each aligner is worn for a period of two weeks, and a patient may have anywhere from 10 to 30, or more depending on the desired result. At the beginning of the two weeks, the aligner may feel tight and as though it does not fit quite right. This is because the aligner is designed to fit your teeth in a position that is closer to the overall desired result. The way the aligner fits places a gentle, yet constant pressure upon your teeth, working to gradually move them into better alignment. For some patients, this more customizable approach in cosmetic dentistry results in faster results than they would have experienced with traditional braces.

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