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The development of crooked and misaligned teeth can occur at any age and braces tend to be the most common dental treatment used to straighten these. There are a variety of styles available and discussing the options with a dentist is generally the best way to find the type that will best remedy crooked teeth for a particular individual. A style that is becoming more popular these days is invisible braces and for those that want to use this type there are pros and cons to doing so.

Pros

Appearance

One of the main benefits of using invisible braces is appearance. Traditional metal braces fitted to the front of the teeth are on show whenever the wearer opens their mouth and this can make people self conscious. Invisible braces, as the name suggests, are basically undetectable when being worn. This means that the looks of the wearer are little changed during the period of wearing the braces and this can be beneficial for their self confidence. There are typically a couple of main options available for braces that are considered to be invisible. The first is where the braces are placed on the back of the teeth as opposed to the front, with lingual braces being an example of this. The second option is not a true brace in the traditional style, but a series of aligners that are worn by the patient over a period of time to straighten the teeth. These are typically produced in clear plastic which is virtually invisible when they are snapped into place over the teeth, and Invisalign is an example of this style. In either case the teeth can be straightened without it intruding too much on the appearance of an individual and for this reason they can be a popular choice.

Removal is possible

A benefit of the aligner style of invisible braces is that they are not permanently attached to the teeth and can be removed as required by the wearer to suit their needs. Many people can find this to be a benefit, in that it enables them to go without the aligners if they feel the need to do so for important social events or business meetings. Aligners are also typically made of plastic, as opposed to metal, and many people can therefore find this more comfortable to wear.

Custom made

Invisible braces are typically custom made to the teeth of the patient and this can mean that they will fit better. This can make them more comfortable to wear in the long run, which can be important as they may need to be used for a lengthy period of time to complete the job of straightening the teeth.

Cons

Cost

While aligner style braces are typically on a par with traditional metal braces in terms of cost, lingual braces tend to be more expensive. This is as a result of the design and fitting process required to produce and apply a pair of custom-made lingual braces. While traditional and aligner braces can cost in the region of $5,000, this can typically be increased by a further $2,000 or greater to have a pair of lingual braces made and fitted. The final cost can vary depending on the exact requirements and the area lived in, although for those that want permanent braces that are invisible, the additional cost can be a disadvantage.

Eating

Another disadvantage of invisible braces can be eating, although for different reasons depending on the style. Typically, clear aligner braces should be removed when eating and the teeth cleaned and flossed before replacement. While this may be of benefit to oral hygiene, it can become a chore to do every time you are feeling hungry and want even just a quick snack. The disadvantage of lingual braces with regard to eating is that as they are on the back of the teeth it can be harder to see and remove trapped food particles to keep them clean.

Many people dislike the thought of having traditional braces fitted to the front of their teeth, as they can be unsightly during the period they are in place. For this reason invisible braces are an option to consider and while there are a number of advantages to choosing this style, there are also a few disadvantages. Before settling on the use of braces that are invisible, it can be best to discuss the pros and cons with a dentist to ensure that they are the best type to suit your needs.

 

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