If you have gaps in your teeth or misalignment issues, you may be thinking about doing something about it. Properly aligned teeth not only have a more attractive appearance, but they are also beneficial to your oral health – because they are easier to clean, you are more likely to remove harmful substances that can cause cavities and gum disease. There are several orthodontic treatments available now, including invisible braces. But can this treatment be the right one for you? Talk to your dentist at Charm Dental in Richmond about your goals and needs in order to answer this question.
What are invisible braces?
It used to be that the only option for treating crooked teeth was to have unattractive metal braces cemented to the teeth. Developments in dentistry produced invisible braces, which are clear and discreet. These custom-fit trays are made of plastic and are worn on the teeth to fix alignment issues.
Who can use invisible braces?
This orthodontic treatment is a great choice for adult patients who have only minor misalignment or spacing issues with their smiles. Teeth that are slightly crooked or out of place can easily be repositioned with a set of clear retainers.
Benefits of clear braces
Clear braces offer several benefits over traditional metal braces. They are:
- Practically invisible
- More comfortable than the metal brackets and wires of traditional braces
- Result in less damage to the soft tissues in the mouth
After an initial consultation, your dentist at Charm Dental will take measurements and an impression of your teeth. He or she will create a treatment plan to map out the movement of the teeth into alignment. The aligners will be created following this treatment plan.
For successful treatment, you will be required to wear the trays for at least 20 hours a day. However, you can easily take them out when eating or cleaning your teeth. The trays themselves will also require cleaning. You will change aligners approximately every week until treatment is complete.
If you have minor misalignment issues, consider invisible braces as your orthodontic treatment. Make an appointment at Charm Dental in Richmond to learn more about them.