A malocclusion occurs when the top teeth do not properly align with their bottom counterparts. An over bite, under bite, or cross bite can affect patients for many reasons. Too little jaw space to accommodate teeth, large teeth, and thumb/finger sucking are just a few causes.
Crooked teeth are problematic both for aesthetic reasons and dental health. An unwillingness to smile, eat, and speak in public is an issue for children, teens, young adults, and more mature individuals. And when teeth are crooked there are many more areas in the mouth for bacteria to build as these spaces are more difficult to reach with dental floss and your tooth brush. This can lead to decay and even gum disease.
Clear braces are designed for the patient that can reliably take care of their daily hygiene care … young children do not make ideal candidates for clear braces.
Your orthodontist will make recommendations for the style of braces best suited to treat your malocclusion and meet your aesthetic needs.
Clear braces are most closely comparable to standard metal bands and brackets but made from ceramic. This allows the braces and brackets to be made with a tooth colored material making them less visible than metal. Although standard wire is commonly used, there is a clear wire available making this mode of orthodontics much less noticeable than standard braces.
The one concern with ceramic braces is with staining. A very stringent daily hygiene regimen must be honored to prevent possible stains.
A second very popular style of clear braces is Invisalign aligners. With Invisalign, teeth are straightened by using a series of clear, comfortable aligners. The advantages with this method are numerous:
- Aligners are removable – Daily oral hygiene maintenance is completed without the impediments of bands and brackets. Once brushing and flossing are done, aligners are replaced.
- The patient can also continue to eat the foods they love. There is nothing off limits as aligners are removed for meals and snacking.
- The absence of metal and wires eliminates the potential for oral abrasions.
Whichever type of braces are chosen, the result will be healthier teeth and gums and a beautiful smile to last a lifetime. To learn more about your orthodontic treatment options, contact Bunn Orthodontic Group at 210-921-9191 today.