In recent years, clear braces have become one of the most popular dental treatments available. Used to improve both the look, function, and health of the smile without the distraction and discomfort of metal, it’s no small wonder why treatments like Invisalign and ClearCorrect are quickly gaining popularity among teens and adults alike.
With all this hype, it’s time to learn the real story behind clear braces.
Simply put, clear braces are an alternative solution to traditional metal braces. Rather than relying on the metal wires and brackets conventionally used to reposition crooked teeth, clear braces use a series of transparent, plastic aligners.
Made to fit snuggly on each arch, the aligners are swapped out consistently throughout treatment. Each aligner is formed to gradually push the teeth into a more perfect alignment, ensuring the roots and underlying bone also have time to adjust to the new position of the smile. By the end of treatment with clear braces, patients are left with a gorgeous, straight smile.
The science behind this aligning system is especially innovative and highlight how far modern dentistry has come. Invisalign in particular is well known for it’s extensive use of advanced technology through each phase of treatment. Rather than simply using traditional dental “goop” to make mold of teeth, models of teeth can be taken using digital impressions. This not only makes the process less of a hassle for orthodontists and patients alike, but it also helps improve the accuracy of your treatment.
Creating the physical aligner is also impressive. Made in a state-of-the-art laboratory, molds are made for each stage of your treatment plan. These individualized molds are used to create your specific aligners. Should you ever lose an aligner, these molds can be used to create another that fits your smile perfectly and prevents treatment interruption.
To create the actual aligner, medical grade polyurethane resin is thermoformed over the alignment model. This clear, BPA-free plastic is then trimmed so it precisely fits your teeth up to the gums for maximum effectiveness, polished, and finished to ensure comfort. Once your aligners have been made, they’re sent back to your Miami orthodontist’s office and given to you in the correct treatment sequence.
From digital impressions to final retainers, each step of the Invisalign process is designed to make sure patients get the most benefit from their clear braces treatment. The high degree of personalization also plays a significant role in providing patients with long-lasting results. Rather than requiring patients to visit their orthodontist every week, most of the actual treatment occurs at home. This gives patients a great deal of control over their treatment, allowing them to feel more invested in the outcome of their clear braces.
Given this highly patient-oriented approach to treatment, it’s no wonder why so many teens and adults have enjoyed lasting success with Invisalign.
Dr. Stephen Grussmark
4425 Ponce De Leon Blvd
Miami, FL 33146
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