Beyond their traditional color, the only thing traditional about these braces is that you can see them. Contemporary braces are made of super strong metal alloys derived from the space program. Their strength allows them to be the smallest of all braces and therefore the most comfortable. Their density makes them ultra slippery so teeth move faster than they ever have before. Today’s braces, in combination with other high tech materials mean fewer office visits to complete treatment.
Ceramic braces utilize less noticeable brackets for patients concerned about aesthetic appearances. Ceramic brackets are translucent, so they blend in with your natural tooth color. This means that unlike traditional stainless steel braces, with ceramic braces your smile will not look ‘metallic.’ In addition, ceramic brackets are designed so that they won’t stain or discolor over long periods of time. An orthodontist can let you know if you are a candidate for ceramic braces.
The revolutionary Invisalign® system is the closest thing there is to invisible braces. Invisalign® is an excellent choice for Dr. Chew’s patients who want to fix gaps, misalignments, and overlaps without the hassle of traditional metal braces. Through a series of clear plastic trays, called aligners, your teeth are gradually moved into alignment, creating the straight smile you have always wanted.
Using computer imaging, Dr. Chew can acquire digital images of your teeth to determine if Invisalign® is right for your orthodontic care. In some situations, the time it takes to complete the treatment can be less than what would be expected with traditional braces.
To begin the process, Dr. Chew obtains and sends the impressions of your teeth to the Invisalign® center so that your aligners can be customized to fit your mouth. Typically, a full treatment includes 18 to 30 aligners. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks, then discarded and replaced by the next in the series. The aligners are worn at all times, except when eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. With each new aligner, teeth gradually shift into place.