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Modern orthodontists have devised many different types of dental braces to effectively take care of shaky teeth or to align them properly.
The different types of dental braces include the traditional braces made of high grade stainless steel. These braces are the most widely used and cheapest variety of dental braces. However these steel metal braces are pretty visable and thus the reason why some people stay away from them. New versions of these dental braces are made in combination with nickel titanium along with stainless steel. These conventional braces contain a small bracket that is bonded to each tooth. These brackets can even be decorated with different ligatures that comes in many colors.
The different types of dental braces also include the ceramic braces and these are more popular among teenagers. They are translucent and clear and therefore a less visible alternative to the traditional ones. These braces blend in with the natural color of the teeth and somehow have formed a niche for themselves, as being very visually appealing. However, ceramic brackets are also more brittle and prone to breakage. In order to deal with this draw back, the manufacturers of these brackets make them thicker to resist the expected breakage.
Then there are the gold-plated, stainless steel dental braces to effectively help treat people who are allergic to nickel. These gold-plated, stainless steel dental braces blend well with teeth and have a softer appearance than the steel look. Some people also prefer the ‘gold’ look over the traditional ‘silver’ one, especially blondes and red-heads due to thier overall complexion.
And then we have the Invisalign. (Extensive info below.) These are good selection for people who has slight orthodontic problem. These braces are virtually invisible and thus make them hardly noticeable. They are used to effectively and gradually move teeth into the desired position. One benefit of these braces is better oral hygiene as they can be removed easily during eating or brushing.
Looking for an alternative to metal braces?
ClearCorrect is the clear and simple choice. No wires. No brackets. Just clear, convenient comfort—every reason to smile.
With ClearCorrect, your dentist or orthodontist can straighten your teeth using a series of clear, custom, removable aligners. Each aligner moves your teeth just a little bit at a time until you eventually get straight teeth.
You and your doctor will evaluate your teeth and talk about any problems or goals you have for your smile. Once you and your doctor establish ClearCorrect is the right treatment option for you, your doctor will take impressions, photos, and x-rays of your teeth that ClearCorrect uses in manufacturing your custom aligners. Then your doctor writes a prescription for your custom aligners and sends it to ClearCorrect.
Invisalign® straightens teeth to give you the confidence of a great smile. Using a series of clear, virtually invisible aligners, Invisalign gently and gradually moves your teeth based on the treatment plan prescribed by your orthodontist or dentist. And, there are no wires or brackets so you’ll have confidence in your smile during and after treatment. In fact, most people won’t even know you’re wearing Invisalign. And, Invisalign aligners are removable so you can eat whatever you want and easily brush and floss as you normally would.
You’ll visit your orthodontist or dentist every 6-8 weeks and on average, Invisalign treatment takes less than a year.
How does Invisalign Work? The virtually invisible aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the Invisalign treatment plan, look similar to teeth-whitening trays. A series of Invisalign aligners are custom-made for you, to move your teeth in the sequence determined by your doctor. Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks before moving onto the next set of aligners in your treatment plan.
How often do I need to wear my aligners? It is recommended that you wear your aligners for 20-22 hours per day and only remove them for eating or drinking, brushing and flossing.
Will wearing Invisalign aligners affect my speech? Invisalign aligners may temporarily affect the speech of some people, and you may have a slight lisp for a day or two. However, as you get used to having aligners in your mouth, any lisp caused by the aligners should disappear.
How much does Invisalign cost? Cost is always a concern, and only your doctor can the exact price of treatment. In most cases, Invisalign treatment is comparable to the cost of traditional braces. In the U.S., the cost of Invisalign treatment ranges from $3,500 to $8,000, with the national average at about $5,000.
Does insurance cover Invisalign? Because dental benefits differ from policy to policy, you should review your personal coverage plan and check with your insurance provider. In general, if a patient has orthodontic coverage, Invisalign should be covered to the same extent as conventional braces.
Does Invisalign really work? Yes. Over 1.5 million patients with a wide variety of dental challenges have been treated with Invisalign. Invisalign was developed with orthodontists and used in dental practices worldwide.
For more information, visit Invisalign.com