Invisalign/Clear Aligners- Well Aligned Straight Teeth, Without Any Wires Or Discomfort
The use of Invisalign or clear aligners is an efficient method to straighten teeth, as well as give them an ideal position, improve their look, and promote proper function.
Invisalign utilizes a set of smooth, comfortable, removable and virtually undetectable thin, lightweight trays, which you wear over your teeth, that gently move or shift your teeth to achieve the ideal position, as well as improve your smile and oral health.
Ceramic braces are a common alternative to metal braces. They were introduced when the idea for less visible braces came about. Ceramic braces are of the same size and shape as metal braces, except that they have tooth-coloured brackets that blend with the teeth.
The main point of ceramic braces is their cosmetic and aesthetic appeal.They blend in with the natural colour of the teeth and are cosmetically less noticeable than metal.
Ceramic braces are however more brittle and sensitive to shock so, they can chip, break or fracture easily.
Because ceramic is harder than tooth enamel, teeth that rub against the brackets can easily wear. This is why ceramic braces don’t get recommended in certain teeth biting patterns.
Self Ligating Braces
Self-ligating brace is defined as “a dental brace, which utilizes a permanently installed, moveable component to entrap the archwire.” These are available in both ceramic and steel.
Advantages of Self Ligating Braces
More hygienic as no rubbers/bands are used.
Treatment is shorter and patients need fewer appointments.
Orthodontic appliances are necessary when braces alone are not adequate to fully correct your orthodontic problem. For e.g.:
Nance Holding Arch
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Best Age to Get Braces?
The recommended age to receive your first orthodontic consultation is typically around seven years. At this time in a child’s life the permanent teeth start to come out to replace the primary (baby) teeth. Around this time the majority of orthodontic issues can be identified. However the orthodontic treatment isn’t just exclusive to kids and teens. In fact it is seen most of ortho patients are over the age of 18. Having said that, if you are considering treatment for yourself or for a child, any time is a good time to visit the orthodontist. Since the bone support is the criteria for braces treatment and not the age of the patient.
Do Braces Hurt?
The first one or two days that the braces are fixed on the teeth/when the monthly adjustments are done you can feel a little sensitive or sore. This mild discomfort is easily managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. You never feel real pain while wearing braces.
Do I Need to Brush my Teeth more Often if I Have Braces?
We recommend you to brush at least three times a day if you are undergoing braces treatment. Wearing braces means you have to take extra care of your teeth, so that you reduce any chances of developing other dental problems like food/plaque deposits, cavities, bad breadth or any kind of gum disease. Because of their design, braces are traps for plaque and food and so brushing and rinsing after every meal is very important.
Do Braces Change Face Shape?
Yes braces improve the shape of the face to a large extend. In many cases the lips become competent (the lips start closing properly as the result of teeth being pushed in). The profile of a patient becomes very pleasing and aesthetic as a result of the braces treatment.
Why to Choose Smile Delhi for Braces Treatment?
‘Smile Delhi – The Dental Clinic’, offer the entire range of braces and aligners. They are
Ceramic Self-ligating Braces
Ceramic Conventional Braces
Steel Self–ligating Braces
Steel Conventional Braces
If I Get Braces, How Long Do I have to Wear Them?
On an average, it takes about 18 to 24 months to complete an orthodontic treatment. Some patients may require less than 12 months, but there are also patients requiring up to 3 years of treatment before their teeth reach the desired position.
It also depends on following factors:
1. Choice of Braces
There are conventional metal braces and ceramic braces available. Self-Ligating braces, metal or ceramic, need fewer adjustments compared to traditional metal braces thus reducing the number of visits to your orthodontist. Efficient tooth movement can be achieved with a shorter treatment time. The treatment is approximately 30 % faster than normal braces.
Young patients-teens and children, tend to get results faster than adults because their jaws are still growing and the bone is softer, making the teeth easier to move. However this does not mean all adults need to wear braces for two years or more.
3. Severity of the Case
Another crucial factor is the severity of your orthodontic problem. Mild spacing/crowding can be fixed in a year or less time while severe cases could take much longer.
3. Patient Compliance
The patient needs to follow all instructions provided by his or her orthodontist to ensure a successful treatment. That includes maintaining proper oral hygiene, keeping your dental appointments and use your orthodontic appliance as directed by your dentist.
Why Should a Child Have an Initial Orthodontic Check-up?
This is important because some orthodontic problems are most easily corrected while the child is still growing. If such problems are found early and treated, we could eliminate the possible need for extractions or surgery in the future. An accurate diagnosis allows the orthodontist to plan every step of your child’s treatment so that your child finishes treatment with a healthy bite and beautiful smile. Most orthodontic patients begin active treatment between ages 9 and 14.
Will My Braces Interfere Wwith My School Activities Like Sports, Playing an Instrument, or Singing?
Playing an instrument or a contact sport can require some adjustments when you first get your braces, but wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities. When playing a contact sport we recommend that you wear a mouth guard/ sports guard protect your teeth, lips and cheeks, as well as your braces or appliance.
Are Braces Available for Adults?
While most people think orthodontic treatments are for children or teenagers, it is also true that now a days more and more adults are getting their orthodontic treatment. It’s not the age but the bone condition of the jaw which is the main criteria for braces treatment. Not only can the orthodontic treatment aligns your bite and boosts your confidence, straightening your teeth can greatly improve your oral health. Adults now have aesthetic options of ceramic braces and Invisalign for their treatment.
If I Have Braces, Do I Still Need Regular 6 Monthly Checkups?
Yes! It is all the more important for the patients receiving orthodontic treatment to visit their dentist regularly every 6 months. While you are wearing braces, food gets caught in places that your toothbrush normally cannot reach which causes bacteria to build up and can lead to cavities, gum disease. So it is very important to get a professional cleaning done 6 monthly.
Are there Any Food Restrictions While I am Wearing Braces?
You should be mindful that braces are sensitive to damage, so you need to avoid certain foods for as long as braces treatment is going on. These include sticky and hard foods that can damage the wires or bands, or cause a bracket to separate from a tooth. You should not bite on nuts, bagels, popcorn, hard crackers, pizza crust, chips, sticky food, hard candies and ice. Also, consumption of sugary foods and drinks should be limited.
What are the Benefits of Invisalign?
The benefits of Invisalign are as follows:
The most convincing thing about Invisalign aligners are that they are nearly invisible. No one can even notice that you are wearing these virtually invisible aligners, making it a seamless fit with your lifestyle and day-to-day interactions with others.
Invisalign aligners are removable giving you the flexibility to eat and drink what you want during treatment by simply removing them.
You can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would for fresh breath and to maintain good oral hygiene.
Invisalign allows you to view your virtual results and treatment plan before you even begin treatment so you can see how your teeth are expected to look when your treatment gets completed.
Why to Choose Invisalign Over Braces?
When compared to traditional braces, Invisalign aligners have so many more benefits.
Both braces and Invisalign straighten your teeth, but with Invisalign you do not have those unsightly metal brackets and wires in your mouth.
You don’t have to worry as much about what you eat. The aligners can be removed whenever you want to eat anything.
If you are considering adult braces, Invisalign treatment is aesthetically more appealing and socially acceptable and very comfortable to wear.
Since the Invisalign is removable it is easier to maintain your oral health.
How Often Do I Have To Wear My Aligners?
You must wear your aligners every day for 20 to 22 hours in order for them to work effectively. You can remove your aligners while eating or drinking but make sure you put them right back in. If you are not disciplined in wearing your aligners, your treatment time can increase.
Do I Have to Give up Certain Foods While I am Undergoing Aligner Treatment?
No, the best part of the Invisalign system is that you do not have to restrict your diet!. The aligner trays are meant to be removed while you eat, so you do not have to worry about damaging them. You must keep in mind that you will need to brush your teeth after eating, before you put the aligners back in.
What Are the Different Types of Braces?
Traditional Metal Braces
Self Ligating Braces (Metal or Ceramic)
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