As effective as metal braces may be at moving the teeth, they are highly visible. They can also be irritating to the soft tissues inside of your mouth. If you need orthodontic treatment but don't like the idea of wearing metal braces, talk to a dentist at H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D. - Family Dental Care in West Roxbury, MA to see if invisible braces could help you.
What Are Invisible Braces?
An invisible brace is a plastic tray that serves as a substitute for a metal bracket and wire appliance. The trays are so light that they have a “barely there” appearance and feel. They fit closely over the grooves and contours of your teeth. You are required to wear your invisible braces, also called aligners, at least 20-22 hours per day so that the teeth will adjust according to your dentist's orthodontic plan. You must see your dentist every few weeks to retrieve your new set of invisible aligners.
Could These Braces Help You?
For invisible braces to work, the orthodontic problem must be a minor to moderate case. Your Roxbury, MA dentist may have to treat a more advanced case with standard metal or ceramic braces. Invisible braces might help you if any of the following apply:
- Tiny spaces are between the teeth or there's a gap between your two front teeth.
- The teeth are crowding together.
- A tooth is located higher on the gumline than the others.
- You have a bite abnormality (overbite, underbite, crossbite).
Benefits of Invisible Braces
With invisible braces, you can start on the road to a straighter smile without compromising your looks during the treatment. You have the option to keep your invisible trays on when you’re communicating with others, or remove it for comfort. Many patients who have metal braces complain that they make eating a less pleasant experience. That is not a problem when you have invisible braces—just take them off to enjoy your meal, then put them back on after flossing.
A Beautiful, Straighter Smile
Consider how much better your smile can look if your teeth are straighter. Consult your dentist at H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D. - Family Dental Care in West Roxbury, MA about invisible braces. Call (617) 323-5000 today to schedule an appointment.
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