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The Benefits of Invisible Braces

Tina Callison

The idea of getting braces is not a pleasant one, but now the option of invisible braces helps remove some of the stigma, as well as the discomfort. Indeed, getting braces might not be as bad as you think.

Braces are most frequently used to straighten misaligned teeth or improve an overbite, and while these problems are often fixed during late childhood, there are occasions when adults end up needing braces, too. Traditionally, metal braces were used to correct these dental problems. These are notoriously uncomfortable and are generally considered unsightly. Fortunately, there are now other options available that can address some of these issues. Invisible braces, also called ibraces, lingual braces, or Incognito™, are often used as an option instead of traditional metal braces.

Rather than being worn on the front of your teeth the way traditional braces are, ibraces are placed on the backs of your teeth, so you can't see them at all. They are 100 percent customizable, which allows them to follow the contour of your teeth for comfort and to give you the best smile possible.

The treatment process for getting these braces begins with a consultation with your orthodontist. Impressions of your teeth are taken and afterwards, along with the prescription written by the orthodontist, are sent to an Incognito™ Appliance laboratory. Models made from your impressions are scanned into a computer. It then uses 3-D imaging technology to create the ibraces for you. Each bracket and wire is customized to fit exclusively to your teeth through the prescription your orthodontist identified for you. It takes five or six weeks for your braces to be made.

The ibraces are delivered to your orthodontist's office for your bonding appointment. The bonding appointment usually takes several hours, though the amount of time it requires can vary greatly from one patient to the next. This customization means fewer adjustments, and consequently fewer visits to the orthodontist are necessary during the treatment process.

If you or your child is faced with the daunting idea of having to wear braces, consider ibraces as an invisible option for getting a better smile. Learn more about types of braces in the Colgate Oral Care resources.

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