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Clear Braces Silver Spring, MD

Invisible Braces An Overview

When it comes to straightening crooked teeth and addressing common malocclusion concerns, orthodontics is often the most suitable method of treatment. Silver Spring dentists, Dr. Dechter and Dr. Moy, will recommend orthodontics for children and adult patients when appropriate to treat a range of problems. We can improve both aesthetic and structural dental issues with orthodontics near you.

Invisible braces or clear aligners can be the perfect solution for teens and adults who have mild to moderate orthodontic concerns. Invisalign can treat:

  • Crossbite
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crowding of teeth, spacing issues
  • Gaps between teeth

We also offer ClearCorrect® and MTM® clear aligner systems to straighten teeth in less time. All of our orthodontic treatments have minimal discomfort and no dietary restrictions. Your dentist will work with you to determine the best option for your needs. After a thorough evaluation, we will create your personalized treatment plan to address all of your concerns.

Invisible braces and clear aligners offer several key benefits:

  • Discreet treatment: Especially for patients who do not want the embarrassment of metal braces.
  • Easily removable: Aligners can be removed to enjoy your favorite foods and maintain your dental health with proper tooth brushing and flossing.
  • Shorter treatment times: with most patients completing their treatment in less than a year.
  • Comfort and convenience: The material does not irritate the soft tissues of your mouth. Aligners can be transported easily when traveling.

ClearCorrect® vs. MTM®

Both of these crooked teeth treatment options provide a clear aligner system for straightening teeth. Although, the severity of your oral health needs and cosmetic goals will play a role in what is recommended for you.

MTM, short for Minor Tooth Movement, provides quick and easy treatment for minor concerns. It is typically the perfect solution for adult patients with concerns more cosmetic in nature and without bite problems. It’s best used to treat a single crooked tooth or just a couple of crooked teeth. Patients will usually complete treatment using MTM in about 3-6 months.

Invisible Braces What to Expect

The process for orthodontic treatment using clear aligners in our Silver Spring Dentist office is virtually painless. We will begin with a consultation and discussion of your dental needs and cosmetic goals.

Once the type of aligner system is chosen, we will take digital impressions and any other diagnostics needed for treatment planning. Your custom aligners will be made using CAD/CAM technology. We will be able to accurately utilize your dental impressions to facilitate tooth movement as it changes throughout treatment.

Each set of your aligners is customized for your needs. You change out aligners about once every two weeks to slowly shift your teeth into the ideal alignment. The aligners need to be worn for around 22 hours each day to be completely effective. They should remain in your mouth unless you’re eating, drinking something that isn’t water, or brushing and flossing.

Patients will be required to visit with us every 6-8 weeks for checkups to monitor treatment progress. This will help us make adjustments as needed to ensure the most successful and comfortable results. The removable aligners allow us to provide you with normal routine dentistry during treatment to maintain your dental health.

Once treatment is complete it is recommended that you wear a retainer nightly for the rest of your life. This will keep your teeth in the proper position and avoid orthodontic relapse. We want your beautiful new smile to last as long as possible. Dr. Dechter and Dr. Moy will work with you to monitor any changes in the fit of your bite over time.

Invisible Braces FAQs

Do clear braces take longer for treatment than metal braces?

Clear braces and metal braces both take the same amount of time to treat teeth. The only way that it will take longer for treatment with clear braces is if they are extremely weak and of low quality. Clear braces are just an alternative to metal braces that are less noticeable to the naked eye.

Do clear braces stain?

The physical brackets will not stain but the bands that go around the brackets will. They are likely to become stained from eating foods such as coffee, tea, wine, dip-cooked fruits, or any other foods with potent colors.

Can clear braces be used for bottom teeth?

Clear braces can be used to treat upper and lower teeth. They are used to realign teeth so that patients’ bites become straight. Both clear and metal braces serve the same purpose, so they can be used interchangeably on top and bottom teeth.

Do clear braces take longer?

Clear braces have been shown to take longer than metal braces with patients that have moderate to severe issues. They are made of a strong material, but it does not shift teeth as quickly as metal braces. The difference in treatment time is not drastic, typically around 1-2 months.

What can you not eat with clear braces?

Patients should avoid foods that stain teeth while undergoing clear braces treatment. Clear braces may become stained easily. The best way to prevent clear braces from gaining is to stay away from any deeply colored foods. This includes items such as coffee, wine, soda, tomato sauce, etc.