Tooth misalignment, or malocclusion, may or may not be considered a cosmetic issue, depending on how severe the condition is. Serious cases of malocclusion require orthodontic braces to correct; however, many older teen and adult patients may be able to straighten their crooked teeth in a more discreet manner. Cosmetic braces, such as Invisalign® and ClearCorrect™, consist of clear acrylic aligners rather than brackets and wires, making them nearly invisible and significantly more convenient.
Are Cosmetic Braces Right for You?
When your teeth are crooked, they can disrupt your bite balance and be more susceptible to damage, tooth decay, and more. Braces and clear aligners are designed to move your teeth into straighter positions to improve your bite function, as well as your smile’s appearance. Unlike conventional braces, however, cosmetic braces are made from clear acrylic. The aligners fit snugly over your teeth but are not bonded to them as are metal brackets.
As long as your crooked teeth are not severe enough to require traditional orthodontics, you may be a viable candidate for Invisalign® or ClearCorrect™, the benefits of which include:
- Improved confidence knowing your braces are discreet
- Improved comfort compared to metal brackets and wires
- Improved convenience since you can remove the aligners to eat and brush your teeth
If you want a straighter smile and all of the benefits that come with it, but you hesitate to wear traditional metal braces, then ask us about your eligibility for more comfortable and discreet cosmetic braces! Schedule a consultation with one of our cosmetic dentistry experts by calling our Spring, TX, dentist’s office near you!