shutterstock_45879607-300x200Patients who want a straighter smiles have probably looked into a clear braces alternative to traditional braces, such as Invisalign or ClearCorrect. If you’ve been looking for professional advice about either product, this article may help. Dr. Deborah Gennero, your Houston, TX dentist gives her patients a few facts about clear braces.

Some Quick Trivia about Clear Braces

  • No metal required. Almost everyone knows that with traditional braces comes metal brackets and wires. While many patients seek the metal-based route, many adults would rather a more subtle method to align their smiles. With clear braces, your orthodontic treatment goes practically undetected.
  • Completely removable. When a patient commits to metal braces, those components stay in place for at least a year—in more extreme cases, up-to three years. Having the metal brackets in place makes eating and brushing quite difficult. However, with clear braces, you can remove the aligners whenever you wish. Eating and brushing is effortless since you don’t wear aligners for those activities.
  • Reduced irritation. No metal means minimal irritation. When patients first receive metal braces, the components tend to cut and scratch their gums, cheeks, and tongue quite often. Yet, the clear aligners don’t pose that problem.
  • Less treatment time. Depending upon the patient, your Houston, TX dentist estimates that a clear braces treatment can take anywhere from nine to 15 months to complete. Furthermore, you’ll only require 18 to 30 aligners in that time.
  • See your smile before beginning treatment. Digital imagining takes a key role in creation the of your clear braces; since patients need to undergo a number of fittings and measurements before they receive their first set of aligners, a computer houses the final appearance of your teeth. This way, patients can view their smiles even before the treatment starts.

Ask Your Houston, TX Dentist If You Qualify for Invisalign Braces

If you’ve considered having clear braces to correct your smile, consult with Dr. Gennero. She can explain how this method of orthodontic alignment works and how long it should take you to complete treatment. To schedule an appointment with our Houston, TX dental office, call us at (281) 578-6200. Also, visit our website for services, patient forms, and to learn more about the team. We gladly welcome patients from Clear Lake, The Woodlands, Katy, Sugarland, and surrounding cities.