What Are Cosmetic Braces and How Long is the Straightening Process?

Wondering if getting cosmetic braces is the right choice for you? First, great job in taking the first step and looking into your options for getting braces! This straightening option is not only able to improve your overall oral health, because straight teeth support a healthy mouth, but you will also receive the benefit of having a more pleasing smile. It does not matter whether your teeth are just a little bit crooked or very crooked, getting braces is one of the best things you can do to straighten your teeth.

Cosmetic braces can help correct crooked teeth, crowded teeth, spaces in between teeth, teeth that stick out, an open bite and a deep overbite.

What are cosmetic braces?

Cosmetic braces are also known as invisible braces and clear braces. The reason behind making these types of braces is to give dental patients options. While many patients who are in need of braces will choose traditional metal braces, there are many more who would prefer not to wear metal braces. Instead, they would prefer to have more discreet options, which is why so many new and exciting braces options are available today.

Cosmetic brace choices

The following are two of the more common cosmetic brace choices dental patients are choosing nowadays.

Brace choice #1 – traditional fixed braces. Instead of the traditional braces being made of metal, they can be made using natural materials that can match the color of the teeth, like ceramic.

Brace choice #2 – removable braces. The option to wear removable braces that are clear, and therefore barely noticeable, is another option for those who want straighter teeth but do not want it to be obvious that they are wearing braces.

How long is the straightening process with these braces?

Traditional braces that are made using tooth-colored materials will last a dental patient anywhere between 12 months and 24 months. Removable braces tend to last anywhere between six months in 18 months. It will simply depend on the patient's exact teeth straightening needs that determines how long the braces will be necessary. It is important for patients to understand that if they have more serious oral problems that braces cannot correct, they will need to discuss their options with an experienced dentist, who can let them know if they are going to require any additional teeth straightening treatments.

Ready to get braces?

If you have already made the decision to get cosmetic braces, good for you! You are on your way to having straight teeth, which can help to improve your overall oral health as well as give you a more aesthetically pleasing smile. Call us now to make an appointment!

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Braces By Abbadent, request an appointment in our Dubuque dental office here: https://www.bracesbyabbadent.com. Or call us at (563) 484-5202.

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