Invisalign® and Clear Braces®
If you have a bad bite, or teeth that are gapped or crowded, chances are you have thought about braces as a means of correcting your teeth. Clear aligners are a great alternative to metal braces, because they work in essentially the same manner, but they are far less noticeable and also more comfortable. You do not have to worry about metal bands, or wires that need tightening. Instead, you get all your aligners in the beginning, and you simply change them at home on a schedule determined by your dentist. Once your treatment is complete, be sure to follow our dentist’s aftercare instructions to maintain your straight smile.
Invisalign and Clear Correct are quite similar, but have a few differences. Invisalign clear aligners have been around since the late ’90s, with Clear Correct coming onto the market approximately nine years later. Invisalign is a global company, but Clear Correct is American. The similarities outweigh the differences. Both are barely discernible, and are removable for when you want to eat or clean your teeth. Both are custom-fitted to your mouth, and require changing every 2-4 weeks. With either, the length of treatment will depend on the degree of correction required.
6 Month Smiles®
As you could probably tell from the name, 6 Month Smiles are intended to deliver correction in approximately six months. They are tooth-colored, so they are virtually invisible. This makes them ideal for people who are concerned not just with correcting their teeth over a relatively short period, but with looking good while correction takes place. They work in essentially the same way as ordinary braces, but they deliver less force, so they are not painful to wear.
Red, White & Blue Aligners®
These aligners are not actually red, white and blue – they are invisible. Red, white and blue are simply the color codes assigned to the three aligners that you will wear over the course of treatment. You start off with the “red” aligner, and finish with the “blue” one, plus a retainer.
These aligners were designed to deal with minor problems like a bit of spacing or crowding, so if you just need a bit of correction you can actually have it done in 2-4 weeks using Red, White and Blue Aligners.
Am I a Candidate for Clear Aligners?
Most people are good candidates for Invisalign, Clear Correct or 6 Month Smiles, and many are also well suited to Red, White and Blue. In some cases, metal braces may be needed. Dr. Maniscalco can advise you as to which solution would be best for you as there are pros and cons for each patient.
If you have bite problems and would like to learn more about clear aligners, contact us at Maniscalco Cosmetic & General Dentistry. Our dentist office is at 3419 Colonnade Parkway, Birmingham, AL 35243. Call us at 205-967-9100, or use the form on our Contact Us page to book an appointment. It’s a fact that patients prefer these alternatives to metal braces. Read our FAQs to find the answers to any questions you might have.