Patients today have the option to choose which type of orthodontic treatment they want use. They are able to treat their bite issues or crooked teeth without the use of metal braces. Although the concept of them is not new, clear braces are becoming more and more popular due to the discreet way they can treat orthodontic issues.
Dr. Joseph Thompson provides Invisalign and Clear Correct to his patients. Both of these are clear aligner systems that are non-invasive and metal free. The process works by wearing a series of clear braces that will slowly move your teeth into the desired alignment. The clear aligners are made of a durable, thin plastic. They are transparent and custom designed to fit snugly against your teeth making them virtually invisible. Dr. Thompson serves patients from Evans, CO who desire straighter teeth and improved dental health without the use of metal braces.
What can clear braces treat?
Dr. Thompson uses clear braces to treat mild to moderate bite problems and to create perfectly aligned teeth resulting in a beautiful smile. The common orthodontic issues he treats include:
- Crowded Teeth
- Teeth with gaps or spaces in between
- Crooked or turned teeth
How do clear braces work?
At your consultation with Dr. Thompson at his Evans, CO area dentist office, he will be able to determine if you qualify for Invisalign or Clear Correct. Using a handheld device, he will take images of your mouth and teeth. These images will be used to design your custom clear aligners.
When your aligners are ready, Dr. Thompson will show you how to use and care for them properly. They should be worn for most of the day (about 20-22 hours) and only removed to eat, drink, floss, and brush your teeth. They should also be removed and cleaned every day.
Both Invisalign and Clear Correct work by slowly moving teeth into proper alignment. You will wear a set of clear aligners for a few weeks and then move on to the next set of aligners. Dr. Thompson will want to track your progress during your treatment to make sure the aligners are working as planned. The length of your treatment will depend on which system you use and the current position of your teeth.
Benefits of Choosing Clear Braces
Clear braces offer patients many benefits, especially when you compare them to traditional metal braces. Having straight teeth and an aligned bite are important for your oral health. Straight teeth are easier to care for, lowering your chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease.
Clear braces are removable and this alone has many advantages. You can remove them to properly care for your teeth. Traditional metal braces have brackets that are permanently attached to your teeth making brushing and flossing a daily challenge. Not having brackets also eliminates the possibility of your tooth enamel becoming stained. Also, since clear braces are removable, there are no eating restrictions. You are able to eat a well-balanced diet without worrying about food getting stuck in your metal braces.
If you have metal braces, there is no hiding them. Clear braces are so discreet many people may not even know you have them in. They are generally more comfortable than metal braces making treatment easier.