Although metal braces are extremely effective at straightening teeth, they are highly visible and can have a huge impact on your self-confidence in social situations. Thankfully metal braces are no longer the only option if you’re unhappy with your teeth. Invisalign braces are virtually invisible and straighten your teeth comprehensively without the metal brackets and wires.
What you need to know
Because they are made from clear plastic, Invisalign braces are often known as ‘see through braces’ or ‘invisible braces’. Like traditional braces they are constructed to fit the exact shape of your mouth so that the maximum effect is achieved. Modern dentists use computer technology which means that Invisalign aligners can be made and fitted quickly, without the need to wait while dental putty moulds are made into impressions.
Invisalign braces are completely removable, but for the best results you should wear them for at least 20 hours a day. They are more comfortable than traditional braces too, because there is no tightening of wires involved. Instead, your dentist will provide you with a new set of Invisalign braces as and when you need them to continue the process of adjusting your teeth.