Clear Braces: Are They Right For Me?

If you are an adult who desires straighter teeth, but do not want to put up with wearing metal braces, you are not alone.  Each year, many adults throughout the United States are choosing to straighten their teeth using clear braces.

Maybe you never had a chance to wear braces as a child and are now regretting it as an adult.  Or, perhaps you wore braces as a child but have since had an orthodontic relapse.  Whatever the case, your smile affects every social interaction you have with others.  Whether it is a date, a job interview, a business meeting, a presentation or just getting together with friends and family, your smile affects your confidence and the way you feel about yourself.  Unfortunately, your smile and your overall appearance can also affect the way you are treated by others.  The good new is that advances in dental technology and orthodontics now make it possible for most adults to achieve a straighter more beautiful smile, without wearing metal braces.

If you are an adult, there are a variety of orthodontic solutions that are available to help you achieve straighter teeth without significantly altering your appearance in the process: Invisalign® Invisible Braces and Six Month Smiles® being two of them.  The Invisalign® system utilizes a series of custom-made, clear aligners that can be worn over your teeth to gently move them into the desired position.  The aligners are comfortable to wear and are virtually undetectable to others.  In addition, they can be removed while you eat, brush and floss leading to better dental hygiene.  Six Month Smiles® uses a patented set of Lucid-Lok® clear brackets and tooth colored wires as well as low forces to move your teeth into the desired position.  This system can help you achieve straighter teeth in an average treatment time of just six months and is a more affordable option than traditional braces.

These two types of adult braces can be used for most patients with crooked or misaligned teeth.  However, if you are in need of major bite changes or have other dental health issues, you may not be a candidate for Invisalign® or Six Month Smiles®.  Only a qualified dentist can determine for sure whether these orthodontic solutions are right for you.  If you are interested in clear braces, the next step is to find a certified and experienced Invisalign® and/or Six Month Smiles® dentist in your local area.  Many advanced dental offices, including Green Dental of Alexandria in Virginia, are now offering these innovative orthodontic services.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park, Green Dental of Alexandria