Clear braces are an ideal solution for many image-conscious orthodontic patients who wish to discretely straighten crooked teeth. Rather than forcing yourself to accept the inevitability of wearing braces as an adult, Invisalign® clear braces can help you achieve the balance and symmetry of properly-aligned teeth without the potential embarrassment of metal braces. Today, your dentist explains the science of discrete orthodontic treatment by presenting an informative quiz on cosmetic adult braces.

Invisalign® Clear Braces Quiz

1.) Invisalign® braces utilize tooth-colored brackets and wires to blend in with natural teeth.

a.) True

b.) False

2.) Traditional braces are often worn for up to three years. How long does treatment typically last with clear braces?

a.) 6-12 months

b.) 18-24 years

c.) Also up to three years

3.) Dental hygiene and daily life are easier with clear aligners than with metal braces.

a.) True

b.) False

Answers

1.) False—Some orthodontic braces utilize tooth-colored components to camouflage their presence. However, clear braces approach teeth-straightening in a completely different manner. Technically, Invisalign® braces aren’t braces at all, but aligners made from translucent acrylic. The aligners are custom-designed in a series, each one moving teeth closer to their desired positions, and fit easily and comfortably over a patient’s teeth.

2.) 18-24 months—Like any dental procedure, the exact length of treatment time with clear braces depends on each case. Typically, though, patients receive optimal results in about 18 months to two years, approximately the same amount of time needed for traditional braces to successfully move teeth.

3.) True—Without brackets and wires to contend with, adult braces make eating and cleaning teeth simpler than their metal counterparts. You can temporarily remove the aligners while you enjoy a meal, or while you brush and floss your teeth, then replace them once you’ve finished.

If your teeth are misaligned, but you don’t want to wear metal orthodontic braces, then find out if you qualify for Invisalign® by speaking with your dentist during your next visit.

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