While invisible braces or clear aligners have been growing in popularity and many customers are considering it for treating their teeth misalignment, there have been many questions and concerns floating around on how effective they are compared to metal braces. So let’s cover the top 5 commonly asked questions about invisible braces.
What exactly are invisible braces and how do they work?
Invisible braces are plastic trays that are custom-made to be fitted to your teeth after a dentist either takes a mould of your teeth or conducts a 3D scan of your mouth. Each pair of invisible braces put pressure on your teeth, gradually moving them into their desired position. Invisible braces are removable when eating, drinking or brushing teeth but they will need to be worn for at least 22 hours a day in order to be effectively straightening teeth.
How long have invisible braces been around for?
While direct-to-consumer invisible braces brands are very recent, the technology behind them is not. In 1945, the first plastic tooth positioning device was developed by Dr. Harold Kesling. In the past, invisible braces technology was possible, but wasn’t a feasible idea as dentists had to create them manually by taking new impressions with every patient visit to the clinic. It wasn’t until Align Technology, Inc. created a software program to create the entire invisible braces progression digitally in 1998 which became the foundation for all invisible braces as we know it today came into being.
Are invisible braces really effective?
Invisible braces are effective depending on the mild to moderate level of cases. Unlike metal braces, invisible braces cannot treat severe teeth overcrowding as they are designed to treat mild to moderate cases. But it is also dependent on the patient’s own discipline on wearing the invisible braces properly as instructed. Patients who wear it for less than the recommended time of 22 hours a day or is forgetful to change the invisible braces pair out for a new pair may affect the teeth straightening timeline and not have results as desired or planned. In addition, like metal braces, patients will have to wear retainers after completion of teeth straightening period to keep their new smile aligned.
What are invisible braces made of?
Different manufacturers have different materials for their invisible braces. Commonly, they are made from plastic polymers that are moldable at high temperatures (thermoplastic) such as polyethylene terephthalate glycol-modified (PET-G), polypropylene, polycarbonate (PC), thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), and ethylene vinyl acetate, among others. It is important to note that you should choose invisible braces that are free from harmful BPA, phthalates, and parabens.
How much do invisible braces cost?
It can vary depending on the brand you choose. The general rule of thumb is, more time means more money. If the correction is more complicated, it may cost more money. In Invisalign’s case, the cost depends on the condition of your teeth and the complexity of your case. It may sometimes be affordable if only minor corrections are needed but can be extremely costly for more severe cases. The good news is, become invisible braces cost the same no matter how long your smile correction duration is. Check out our pricing here: become.sg
And there you have it! All the commonly asked questions about invisible braces that could help you in your deciding factor on if invisible braces are suitable for you. When in doubt, always consult your dentist or book an appointment with us to get a FREE scan at our partner clinic!