Improving your smile doesn’t need to be an obvious affair. With today’s advanced technology in orthodontics, you can achieve a perfect smile, and almost no one will even notice the process. What they will notice is your straight beautiful smile! The two most common ways to straighten your teeth discreetly are Invisalign® invisible braces and ceramic clear braces.
Invisalign® treatment involves a series of clear medical grade plastic aligners that are customized for your smile. You wear them every day; taking them out for meals, snacks and special occasions only. Aligner trays are changed at regularly set intervals to initiate the next movement in the series to a great smile. With optimal compliance, your smile will straighten to perfection over a period of approximately 12-18 months.
Individuals wearing Invisalign® trays agree that it is a very discreet way to fix crooked teeth. Since the aligners are clear, your friends, colleagues and even bystanders will hardly notice you are wearing them. They are easy to keep clean and quite comfortable to wear. Getting used to speaking with the aligners for the first few days will be your biggest challenge. The more you wear them and speak with them, the easier it gets. Even radio hosts have worn Invisalign® trays while on-air without any difficulty. Practice will make perfect!
Ceramic Clear Braces
Similar to metal braces, ceramic braces include brackets and wires as well. However, the brackets are made of clear ceramic so they are less obvious. Ceramic braces are a great fit if you don’t want to take Invisalign® aligners on and off every time you have a meal or a snack. They’re also a great option for teens with compliance issues wearing the Invisalign® aligners for at least 20 hours per day.
Clear braces are also used for individuals who are not candidates for Invisalign®. Although Invisalign® can correct many orthodontic cases there are times when the use of traditional wires and brackets is required. This is where the discreet clear ceramic braces are a benefit.
Braces Before and After
To help you visualize the transformation achieved with orthodontics, take a moment to view our braces before and after gallery.
Cost of Braces
Orthodontic treatment is considered a lifetime investment because it will provide you with a perfect smile for decades to come. The cost of orthodontics will vary depending on the severity and length of treatment required. Although the fee for Invisalign® and ceramic braces is similar, the choice will be both a clinical and personal one. Personal preference will dictate which option will be better suited for you if you are a candidate for both orthodontic treatment processes.
Invisalign® is great for teens and adults but compliance is mandatory. Not wearing the aligners as directed will result in prolonged treatment time and you will not achieve the perfect smile you desire.
Contact us at Winston Churchill Dental at 905-858-2345 for a complimentary consultation. An individualized treatment plan will be prepared for you and an estimated cost of orthodontic treatment provided.
Dr. Kate Bazydlo, Winston Churchill Dental