For patients with uneven or crooked teeth, the prospect of wearing a brace can often be an unpleasant one. Traditional fixed-metal braces can be very uncomfortable and can cause irritation to the soft tissue. They can also make it very hard to clean teeth effectively because the fixed brackets cover so much of the surface enamel. This is mentioning nothing about the visual appearance of metal braces, which can be very unseemly and unappealing.
Luckily for patients needing braces, there is an alternative in the form of Invisalign clear plastic braces. Made from one-millimetre thick plastic, the Invsialign brace is almost completely invisible when in the patient’s mouth, unless standing very close. They are also completely removable which makes cleaning the teeth a lot easier. It also means the brace can be taken out for meal times, putting no limits on what the patient can and can’t eat.
Invisalign braces use no metal wires so the degree of comfort is far superior to wire-bracket braces. The system works by using a series of about twenty braces each worn for a period of two weeks. Each new retainer is designed to make small alterations which when combined gradually move the teeth into the desired position over the course of treatment. This will usually last about eighteen months, on average six-months shorter than traditional braces.
Invisalign braces from a Chelmsford dentist are particularly suited for younger patients because of the aesthetic qualities they can offer. There are also specially designed Invisalign Teen braces, which have added features specially suited for younger patients. If you or your child needs orthodontic teeth straightening, ask your dentist about the benefits of Invisalign braces. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.