If you have been instructed to see an orthodontist for help in obtaining braces, you will need to decide what type of braces you would like to straighten of your teeth. There are a few different types of braces available, from the standard wire braces to invisible braces that are virtually undetectable. If you are debating on getting invisible braces, you may have some questions as to how they work and what benefits they have over metal braces. Here is a summary of these points to help you decide if they would be right for your situation.
How Invisible Braces Are Made
You would first need to see an orthodontist to have X-rays made of your tooth structure to be evaluated. Your orthodontist would then use this information to construct a computer-generated model of the desired end-result for your teeth. From this, a series of computer models are made showing the progression of the tooth movement. The teeth would be moved a small amount at a time with the aid of the braces. The braces would be changed out every two weeks until the final result is obtained.
What Differences Are There From Metal Braces?
With invisible braces, you would be placing a plastic mold over your existing teeth. This could be slipped on and off, as needed. With metal braces, they are adhered to the teeth and will not be removed until the entire teeth-straightening process is complete. Because of this, the metal braces are a bit more challenging. With invisible braces, you will be able to take them out to eat. You would not have any food restrictions as you would with metal braces. You would be able to clean your teeth without restriction or with special instructions. Just remove your braces to brush and floss.
Also, with metal braces you need to go back to the orthodontist frequently to have your braces tightened. This is a bit painful and can leave you with headaches and jaw pain for a few days as your body adjusts to the new positioning. With invisible braces, you slip on a new plastic tooth mold and do not need to endure tightening processes.
Invisible braces are comfortable in your mouth. There are no jagged pieces sticking out or wires that your tongue or sides of your mouth could become caught in. They are smooth and safe within your mouth.
For more information, contact an orthodontist in your area, such as Dave Kujak, DMD, MS.