Braces use constant, gentle pressure, which over time, move teeth into their proper position. Your braces are at work every moment of your orthodontic treatment. The two main components of your braces are: the brackets that are placed on your teeth and the main arch wire that connects them. The bracket is a piece of shaped metal or ceramic that we affix to each tooth. The arch wire gradually supports the brackets to straighten and level your bite. The wire threads through the brackets and, as the wire tries to return to its original shape, it applies pressure to move your teeth, achieving an ideal alignment and bite. Attached to your braces, elastics (rubber bands) exert the proper force that creates the right amount of pressure to move teeth.
Clear braces have become increasing popular because of their ability to maintain a natural aesthetic throughout the alignment process. Unlike traditional metal wires and brackets, clear braces use aligners made of ceramic. The aligners attach to your teeth and look virtually invisible. Each aligner is specifically calibrated to move specific teeth until your entire smile has been straightened. Sometimes even the wire that is used (which is traditionally metal) can be clear to make the braces even less noticeable.
Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible
plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist or orthodontist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth.
Invisalign® is a virtually invisible way to straighten teeth and give you the beautiful smile you have always wanted. Straight, properly aligned teeth not only look great but are easier to keep clean and promote optimum oral health. For some patients, unresolved localized areas of gum inflammation and bone loss due to crowded teeth can be resolved by correcting the position of the teeth.
Looking for an alternative to braces? ClearCorrect is the clear and simple choice. No wires. No brackets. Just clear, convenient comfort every reason to smile. What Is ClearCorrect?
ClearCorrect is the clear and simple way to straighten your teeth without wearing braces so you can show off your 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 deserve a smile you can be proud of, and ClearCorrect can make it happen. Our clear aligners are comfortable, removable, and, best of all, nearly invisible. Most people won’t even notice that you’re wearing them. And because you can easily remove the aligners to eat, you don’t have to change your diet like you might with braces. You can show off your smile with almost no impact on your daily life. Some severe cases of misalignment do require metal braces, but most patients can be treated just as effectively with clear aligners. The cost and length of treatment are generally comparable.
Retainer is a device that holds the position of your teeth after orthodontic treatment. Without a retainer, your teeth will gradually shift back toward their original position. For that reason, it is absolutely necessary to wear your retainers if you want to preserve that beautiful smile you paid so much for. There are three types of retainers: Hawley retainer, plastic retainer, and fixed retainer. Hawley retainers are basically metal wires that surround your front teeth. Plastic retainers are made of clear plastics called polyvinylchloride. They are similar to Invisalign aligners, but they are made stronger to provide longer life expectancy. Fixed retainers are metal bars bonded on the tongue side of your front teeth. The metal bar is what holds your teeth in place. Generally, lingual bar is only placed on the lower teeth, so it does not retain the position of your upper teeth. It is not removable by the patient, so you will need to visit a dentist if you need to remove it for any reason.
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