Patients often avoid seeking out treatment options for their orthodontic concerns. This is because orthodontic treatment options have a bad reputation of being inconvenient and uncomfortable. In the past, the only solution to correcting crooked teeth was traditional metal braces. However, modern dentistry has advanced and now allows us to address mild to moderate orthodontic concerns with clear aligner therapy. Dr. Leah Romay offers Invisalign and SureSmile as clear braces alternatives to traditional metal braces. Learn why many of our patients prefer clear braces for orthodontic treatment in Glyndon, MD, below:
The Benefits of Clear Braces
With traditional metal braces, patients must have metal brackets and wires firmly attached to their dental structures for the entire duration of their treatment. Orthodontic treatment of any kind can take many months or even years to complete. During this time, patients with traditional braces must make certain dietary changes to prevent damage to their orthodontic hardware. For example, patients with traditional braces are discouraged from eating excessively crunchy, chewy, or sticky foods as these are most likely to get caught in the metallic hardware. Additionally, patients with traditional braces must take additional oral hygiene precautions to diligently remove any food residue caught in the hardware each day. These adjustments can be difficult to make, which explains why so many patients prefer clear braces instead.
With clear braces, you can achieve the same beautiful results without the need for dietary restrictions or additional oral hygiene precautions. Instead, patients with clear braces are encouraged to remove their clear, plastic aligners before eating, drinking, or brushing their teeth. As long as you wear your aligners on average of 20-22 hours per day, your treatment plan will progress as intended. This allows patients to maintain their dietary preferences without fear of damaging their dental hardware and prolonging their estimated treatment time. Additionally, patients with clear braces enjoy being able to remove their aligners on special occasions like job interviews, weddings, or first dates.
For our younger patients who may struggle to maintain their best oral health and wellness habits while undergoing orthodontic treatment, clear braces are especially easy to keep clean. All you have to do is remove the aligners and brush and rinse them thoroughly. Avoiding eating or drinking while wearing your aligners will prevent them from yellowing. The goal is to keep them clear and see-through so that you may enjoy our natural smile aesthetics even while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Many people will not notice that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment if you are wearing clear braces. They are designed to discreetly and gradually encourage your teeth to shift into a straighter position over time.
Invisalign & SureSmile in Glyndon, MD
Dr. Romay offers Invisalign and SureSmile to patients in Glyndon, MD who are interested in clear aligner therapy. She will discuss your needs and goals during a consultation before offering you a treatment option that best meets your needs. If you have a crossbite, overbite, underbite, or crooked teeth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Leah Romay today.