Posted on 12/1/2019 by Dr. Seth Senestraro
|When it comes to braces, some people are surprised to learn that there are more options than they originally thought, and none of the types offered at Senestraro Family Orthodontics resemble in any way the awkward, wire, mouth-tangle that used to be considered normal.
In fact, in addition to discreet and classy stainless steel brackets (that come with a gold-plated option) and white ceramic braces, Senestraro Family Orthodontics is a certified Preferred Provider of Invisalign clear braces.
What are Invisalign braces?
Invisalign consists of a series of “aligners” that take the place of metal brackets and wire. Aligners are made of clear plastic, and they must be worn at all times; however, you do have the advantage of being able to take them off to eat and clean your teeth. Just like traditional braces, these “clear braces” gradually adjust your teeth over time, to give you a beautiful, confident smile.
What are the advantages of clear braces?
Because periodontal health is one of the top concerns for us, professionals see the ability to remove clear braces in order to perform oral care - brushing and flossing after each meal, as being the biggest advantage of this using Invisalign. Periodontal care can be more of a challenge than some patients are used to with traditional bracket and wire braces, so we believe that any option that improves access to flossing is a good one!
Another perk of using clear braces is the higher levels of reported patient comfort. Because clear braces are composed of a plastic mold rather than wires that could potentially break (usually when indulging in a treat, like caramel, that is unfriendly to braces), patients with clear braces usually experience less oral irritation to their orthodontic equipment.
In addition, a big draw to clear braces is their subtlety. With the Invisalign plastic being nearly clear, the aligner is nearly invisible. In fact, many people who wear Invisalign report that most of the people they meet don't realize it's there. This quality can be a big draw for adult orthodontic patients, who want the great smile that they deserve, but may feel self-conscious about having braces in the professional sphere.
There are many other advantages to clear braces, including the need for fewer orthodontic visits and the extra time and money you get from that. To learn more about what patients and professionals are saying about Invisalign, check out their website and ours.
What are the disadvantages to clear braces?
Well, the biggest disadvantage is simply whether or not Invisalign is the best choice for your orthodontic care, which is based on your unique bite. Your free consultation with Dr. Senestraro will determine the orthodontic treatment that best fits you.
Clear braces are usually not a good fit for patients whose teeth need to be realigned. And, because it requires a high degree of dedication to keep that aligner in your mouth 24/7, successful use of clear braces requires a patient who is committed to the clear braces schedule.
Learn more at your free consultation
Come in for a visit Dr. Senestraro and find out if clear braces are a good fit for your smile!