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Clear Braces for Adults

Katriena Knights

Have you always wanted a straight, perfect smile but don't want to deal with traditional braces? Clear braces for adults give you that chance. With clear braces, you can have the orthodontic treatment you need without worrying about how you look.

How Clear Braces Work

Traditional braces are typically made of metal, but they are sometimes made of porcelain or clear plastic, which makes them less noticeable. The least visible form of orthodontic treatment is aligner trays. These are often referred to as clear braces despite the fact that they are created very differently from traditional braces.

In this type of orthodontic treatment, your teeth are moved by using a series of clear plastic aligner trays. The first of these trays represents a very slight change from your current alignment. The final tray represents the final goal for your orthodontic treatment: Your perfect smile.

Treatment with clear braces for adults includes a number of steps. You will have an initial consultation with the orthodontist. Your orthodontist will take digital x-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth and may show you a virtual presentation of how your teeth will move from each stage of treatment. Aligner trays are manufactured specifically for your mouth. When treatment begins, you will wear each customized aligner tray for about two weeks. Each case is different and treatment may take up to a year for adults to go through this process.  After you have finished wearing the trays, you will continue to wear a retainer to preserve the results.

Advantages of Clear Braces for Adults

Clear braces for adults provide a number of advantages over traditional metal braces. If you're in a line of work that requires you to deal with the public, you may find yourself in a quandary. Do you improve your long-term appearance by having orthodontic treatment even if it will negatively affect your appearance in the short term? With clear braces, that question is not an issue.

Aside from being nearly invisible, clear braces offer other advantages. They're made with smooth plastic instead of metal brackets and wires, so they are more comfortable than traditional braces. They are convenient because they can be removed for short periods, such as during eating. It's easy to see the progression of your treatment and feel confidence that it's working. You'll start to see your smile improve within a few months and the examination appointments with your orthodontist.

Wearing Clear Braces

In many ways, caring for clear braces is easier than caring for metal braces. There's no need for wax to protect your oral tissues from brackets and wires. You can brush your teeth normally because you take the trays out of your mouth when you toothbrush. You also won't have to eliminate any foods from your diet.

Guidelines for general care of clear braces include the following: 

1) Avoid hot beverages while you're wearing your trays. Heat can warp the trays with the result that they no longer fit over your teeth.

2) Drink only water while the trays are in because other beverages may stain the plastic. Avoid other foods and substances, such as nicotine, that can stain the trays. Once they're stained, you'll have to wear them until you move on to the next set of aligner trays in the treatment process.

3) Clean your trays by rinsing after meals and brushing them at least once a day to remove plaque and bacteria that may develop on them from the mouth.

Following these guidelines will help you keep your aligner trays in optimal shape. It will also help your teeth look their best during your treatment. Your orthodontist or cosmetic dentist will provide a list of additional instructions for you to follow to ensure that your treatment is successful.

Clear braces for adults are an excellent option for adults who are pursuing orthodontic treatment. The advantages they offer ensure that you'll be self-confident and comfortable while achieving your perfect smile. Talk to your orthodontist to find out more.

Learn more about braces in the Colgate Oral Care resources.

Source: morgueFile

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