Invisible Braces: What Are They and How Do They Work?

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Everybody wants to achieve a winning smile.  Unfortunately, though, few of us have perfect teeth. You’re certainly not alone if you have crowded or crooked teeth, or an unattractive overbite that you’d like to correct.  Regardless of the problem, you’d like for your pearly whites to line up properly and look good.

Properly-aligned teeth not only look good, but they make life better.  They make it easier to eat and speak properly, and even more important, they help you maintain good dental hygiene, because good teeth make your more resistant to periodontal disease.  So there’s a lot of reasons to consider getting braces.

Invisible Braces

Braces aren’t just for children,  many adults today have braces (or they should have) to correct dental problems.  But, just like children who hate to them, grown-ups are not fond of having braces, either.  Frankly, they can be unflattering to your appearance.  Unfortunately, that causes a lot of people to pass on them.  But the good news is, there’s an alternative:  Invisible Braces, which provide you with the same—or even better—correction as traditional wire braces, but are wonderfully inconspicuous. With invisible braces, you can get the adjustment you need without the embarrassing signs of wire in your mouth.

The concept of invisible braces is basically the same as traditional braces:  They anchor your teeth in a way that positions them as they were supposed to be.   But unlike the unruly wires that once were common, invisible braces live up to their name—it’s almost impossible for people to know you have them.

Types of invisible braces

There are several variations of invisible braces that might work for you, depending on your particular needs.  These include:

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are actually tooth-colored and blend in with the natural shade of your teeth; that’s their first obvious advantage.  They can also be fashioned to fit just on certain teeth, only the ones that need the most adjustment, so a full set of braces may not be necessary.   Like wire braces, they’re not removable until they’ve done their work, but they’re a lot more comfortable and less invasive than traditional braces.  The disadvantage is that they are more breakable than other types of braces—they are, after all, literally ceramic—so they might not be the best choice for an athlete, for example, who is exposed to rough activity.

Inside Braces

Not to be confused with the frontal-type braces your parents might have worn, inside braces (or iBraces) take a very different approach.  A form of what’s called lingual braces, iBraces are attached to the back of teeth to align with the jaw.  But like ceramic braces, they’re hard to see and they also may require less wearing time than traditional braces.  But perhaps their biggest advantage is that they are “customizable” to each specific tooth as a result of carefully-planned molding, giving you a more perfect alignment.  The downside is that they may be a bit more difficult to get used to, and they might cause a temporary lisp when they’re first installed.  And not every orthodontist is qualified to put inside braces in.

Clear Aligners, Invisalign

Another inconspicuous type of braces, clear aligners (or “invisible aligners”) are removable, which is a big plus for a lot of people.  Resembling a kind of tray that can be slipped into the mouth, clear aligners offer a gentle, more gradual re-alignment of your teeth, and are custom fit to your mouth using the most advanced orthodontic technology.  Clear aligners, which are transparent, generally must be worn for a set number of hours per day and can be taken out to eat.   But because they are removable, clear aligners have the disadvantage of being lost or damaged, and they must be kept clean while outside of the mouth in order to maintain good hygiene.

Dental District—The Experts on Invisible Braces

Getting braces is an important decision.  You need the best qualified professionals to help you decide what’s best for you and to do the work right.   Dental District has the best dentist in Tijuana and orthodontists in the business, and they’re ready to work with you. Plus, we offer Invisalign.

Schedule an appointment today in our dental clinic in Tijuana!

Don’t Need Braces?

Maybe your teeth are straight—and congratulations—but you might have other dental problems you need to take care of.  Dental District does everything your mouth needs, from routine exams, ultrasonic cleanings, and teeth whitening to extractions, root canal in Mexico, dental braces, fillings, dentures, dental crowns in Tijuana, invisalign in Tijuana, bridges, bone grafts, dental implants in Mexico, and more.  Whatever kind of work you need, you’re guaranteed to walk out with a new smile.  Contact us today!

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