Invisible braces are primarily used to correct crooked teeth, diminish large spaces between teeth, and relieve crowded teeth. They may also be used to correct some bite problems such as an overbite or underbite.
There are several types of braces -- metal, ceramic, concealed, and invisible -- but they all work by applying continuous pressure that gradually shifts teeth into the desired position. With metal braces, wires are tightened at intervals to produce the pressure and turn teeth properly. The process is different for Invisalign and ClearCorrect braces.
Invisalign and ClearCorrect are two brands of clear braces. Both products use plastic aligners that fit over your teeth much like a mouth guard. They stay firmly and comfortably in place all the time, but they have an advantage over other braces -- you can easily take them out to brush and floss, then put them back in place.
A 3D model of your teeth is created and used to develop a detailed treatment plan that shows how every tooth must be repositioned. This information is sent to specialized technicians, who make a complete set of plastic aligners customized for your mouth and the changes needed for your teeth.
You’ll wear the first aligner for 1-3 weeks, depending on the product and your dentist’s recommendation. Then the first aligner is replaced with the second aligner in the series, which is worn for the same amount of time. You’ll repeat this process, replacing the current aligner with the next one, until you go through all of the aligners.
Each aligner in the series is slightly different, so as you switch to the next one, it places new pressure on your teeth and moves them into the next position. As you go through the series of aligners, they’ll adjust each tooth in a step-by-step manner. By the time you finish the series, your teeth are in their new position.
Yes, even with clear braces, you’ll need to wear a retainer, because they prevent teeth from shifting back into their original position. Both Invisalign and ClearCorrect provide clear, plastic retainers.
At About Smiles, we are in-network with most major insurance plans. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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