Ceramic braces that are much less visible than the conventional metal braces. Ceramic braces and metal braces work pretty much the same way – both are made of brackets, which are cube-like attachments that are bonded to the surface of each tooth, and wires, and the orthodontist would periodically adjust the pressure of the wires to promote desirable teeth alignment – but unlike metal braces, ceramic braces are made of highly translucent materials that blend with the color of your teeth.
The size of metal brackets is much smaller than they used to be, which means they are much less visible. In addition, advance in technology in many cases means shorter treatment time, which in turn gives you greater flexibility to schedule a treatment within your desired timeframes
If you’re about to have your braces removed, no doubt you’ll be pretty happy. After all, they’ve probably been an unwelcome resident of your mouth for months, maybe years. Well, don’t get too carried away — your treatment isn’t over yet. You’ll still need to wear a retainer.
Why wear a retainer?
Your >orthodontist has probably spoken to you about retainers. But if not, let me explain. In days gone by, once your braces were removed, that was it. However, we now know that retainers are important for keeping your teeth in position.
You see, braces work by applying pressure on your teeth to make them straight. However, when your braces are removed, your teeth still have an inclination to move make to their original crooked positions — it takes time for your mouth to adapt.
Wearing a retainer is a crucial part of your treatment. If your orthodontist tells you to wear one, do it — if you don’t, your teeth will move out of alignment and all the hard work that you and your orthodontist has achieved will be wasted.
How long should I wear a retainer?
Unfortunately, the answer to this question isn’t straight forward — it depends on your situation. When your braces are removed, your orthodontist will make an assessment of your smile, teeth and bone structure. Normally a patient wears a retainer day and night for 6 to12 months. Then, they are usually able to cut down to just wearing it at night for 6 to 12 months.
Without wanting to scare you, ideally, wearing a retainer should be a life-long commitment. However, this may mean just wearing it 1 to 2 nights per week, long term.
Invisalign is the virtually invisible way to straighten teeth.
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