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How Invisible Braces Work

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

There are 2 major types of invisible teeth straightening systems, Invisalign® and ClearCorrect™. Both systems use what are called “Aligners” in order to straighten teeth. These are clear, comfortable custom-fit plastic trays that fit closely over your teeth. They perform in a similar manner to typical braces in that they are moving your teeth by pulling or pushing them in the desired direction. It takes time for the teeth to move, and you will have to get your aligners changed on a scheduled basis. As your teeth move, you need new aligners to continue the process. Even though you need to go in to get the aligners changed, you actually have fewer dentist visits than standard braces.

Some of the things you can treat with invisible braces are:

  • Overly crowded teeth
  • Widely spaced gaps (large or small) between your teeth
  • Crossbite, where some of your top teeth go under the bottom teeth
  • Overbite, where your upper teeth bite over the lower teeth
  • Underbite, where your lower teeth stick out past the edge of your upper teeth

For many people, this is much more preferred choice than the typical metal braces. The first and most obvious benefit is that you don’t have to worry about irritations in your mouth from the braces, metal wires and bands required. And due to the fact that the aligners are clear, you don’t have to worry about anyone noticing them. And, best of all, you can easily take them out and put them back in whenever you need to (like for eating, or to brush and floss your teeth).