Many people hesitate to get orthodontic treatment and wear braces because they are not thrilled with the idea of how these will affect their appearance, resulting in noticeable metal brackets and wires in their mouths that will change how their smiles look. However, we have gone a long way from the cumbersome braces of the past. Now, there are clear braces, ceramic braces, clear aligners and Invisalign® devices that allow patients to wear their braces with either clear or natural tooth-colored materials, or transparent ones. With these, their smiles will be more attractive.
Preserve Your Smile with Clear Braces and Ceramic Braces
These are great alternatives to traditional metal braces. Clear braces and ceramic braces are like any treatment, so orthodontists and patients must choose the right option to suit the patients’ needs and lifestyles. Dr. Parrish will help patients determine which option is right for them.
The main advantage of these types of braces is appearance. They are less noticeable, so clear and ceramic braces offer an aesthetic alternative for patients.
On the other hand, the main disadvantage is cost. Clear and ceramic braces may have a higher price compared to traditional equivalents. Parrish Orthodontics offers convenient payment plans to help keep expenses manageable.
Another issue is discoloration when the elastic ties in the clear and ceramic braces get slightly discolored over time due to drinking tea, coffee, wine, or eating certain foods, or due to smoking.
Decide on whether clear or ceramic braces are the right choice for your smile by scheduling a consultation with your orthodontist. At Parrish Orthodontics, we can provide the answers to your questions and extra information regarding the benefit of each treatment.
Invisalign® for Beautiful and Straight Teeth
For those whose dental conditions can be corrected without braces, Invisalign® is an ideal option. This device uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners. From a distance, no one can tell you’re wearing it.
Invisalign® is made with 3D computer imaging technology and has been proven effective. Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem. They are also comfortable, with no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. And no metal and wires usually means you spend less time in your doctor’s office getting adjustments.
You wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move until they have straightened to the final position your doctor has prescribed. You’ll visit our practice about every six weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time typically lasts nine to 15 months.
Invisalign also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.
Consider Invisalign to get the beautiful straight teeth you’ve always wanted – without braces.
Interested in braces or alternative devices? Reach out to schedule a consultation with us! Parrish Orthodontics has clinics in Fort Wayne, Huntington, Churubusco, and Bluffton, Indiana; as well as Van Wert and Paulding, Ohio.