Clear aligners offer adults and teenagers in need of orthodontic treatment a significant advantage over regular wire brackets: they are incredibly discreet. Invisible braces are a very tempting prospect for anyone feeling self-conscious about their smile, but do invisible braces work?

 

Do Invisible Braces Work? 

There’s no denying that invisible braces, also known as clear aligners, are an extremely effective method of orthodontics comparable to conventional fixed-wire braces. They can successfully correct a wide range of issues including crooked teeth, over-or under-bites, overcrowding, and gaps between teeth.

During treatment for invisible braces patients are fitted with a series of removable, custom-made clear plastic trays, or aligners, that fit over the teeth in the same way a mouthguard does. Each new aligner applies gentle pressure onto the teeth, causing them to move a certain distance. 

After a week or two, once the teeth have shifted, the tray is discarded and replaced with the next one in the series. Depending on the severity of your orthodontic issue, you will have between 12 and 40 clear aligners over a period of between 6 months to 2 years. The average length of treatment is 12 months.

 

Why Would Clear Aligners Fail?

Although the answer to the question ‘do invisible braces work?’ is a resounding ‘yes’, their success relies heavily on the patient. To be effective, clear aligners should be worn for at least 22 hours a day, if not the treatment becomes slower and ultimately doesn’t achieve the desired result. Aligners should only be removed to eat and clean the teeth, however, some patients find it difficult to put them back in.

Today dentists are much more careful when it comes to exposure to x-rays and mercury because of the potentially harmful effects they can have on patients.

Even though the Australian Dental Association doesn’t advocate for dentists to stop using amalgam fillings, a holistic dentist would probably seek an alternative filling material. 

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A holistic dentist would also be extremely careful and make use of specialised equipment in order to remove amalgam fillings, so that the patient is not exposed to the mercury during the removal process. 

We also know that there is a strong relationship between a patient’s oral health and that of their physical health. Some studies indicate that there is a link between oral bacteria and the bacteria associated with inflammatory conditions that affect the body. Furthermore, other conditions such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS may make patients more susceptible to periodontal disease.

There are also strong associations between oral health and conditions such as endocarditis and cardiovascular disease as well as pregnancy and birth complications.

 

How Does Treatment Differ?

While conventional or traditional dentistry has typically focused on preserving the health of the teeth, gums and jaws through processes like brushing, flossing, rinsing and professional cleaning, holistic dentistry may incorporate a broader approach to treatment which may include the broader aspects of a patient’s health and wellbeing.

 

What Materials Are Used In A Holistic Approach?

A holistic dentist may make use of more organic materials to treat patients’ dental needs. This may extend to natural toothpastes and replacement of amalgam filling materials with composite resin. 

If you’d like to understand what is holistic dentistry in greater detail, it’s best to consult a professional about your specific needs. Please contact us for an appointment. 

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