When dental braces are placed, a cheek retractor is used to keep the teeth visible and dry during the procedure. The teeth are first polished to ensure that the brackets will bond properly, after which they are air-dried.

A conditioner is used on the front surfaces of the teeth for 30 seconds to further prepare them for bonding the brackets. This is cleaned off, the teeth are dried, and an adhesive primer is placed on the teeth to enhance the bonding process.

1) Invisible Braces

Patients in our dental practice find they have a decision to make when they decide to undergo orthodontic treatment—choosing between clear aligners and traditional braces. Many of our adult patients are unaware that there is an alternative to traditional braces. Clear aligners—such as Invisalign—are an effective alternative with several benefits compared to traditional braces, especially for adults. Here are the top four reasons why adults in our practice prefer clear aligners over traditional braces.

2) Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are placed behind the teeth (by the tongue and palate), rather than in front, and therefore offer a great cosmetic alternative for those who want their teeth straightened, without the braces showing.

Types of Lingual Braces

Your choice of the brand depends upon the orthodontist and his recommendation, as well as your preference. Regardless of the developer, the oral appliance device works in the same way. The difference is in the design and how the braces are attached and secured on the back of the teeth. Some of the most popular brands are:

  • Incognito

  • iBraces

  • In-Ovation

  • STB Light Lingual System

  • Suresmile Lingual QT

3) Aligners

The main reason why adult patients in our practice choose clear aligners is that they appear invisible. This helps conceal the fact that the patient is undergoing orthodontic treatment, which can be embarrassing for some adults. Clear aligners also help hide existing gaps, another esthetic benefit. Clear aligners were first used only on simple orthodontic cases, such as slightly crowded teeth, but now they’re used for even the most advanced orthodontic cases.

 I can be more clinically effective and reduce the discomfort my patient’s experience is through the combined use of clear aligners and impressionless scanning. Impressionless scanning is becoming more widely used in dentistry, which is one reason why many of our patients opt for clear aligners.