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Anchorage Dentist Explains the Difference Between Traditional & Incognito Braces September 2, 2017

Anchorage, Anchorage County
Anchorage Dentist Explains the Difference Between Traditional & Incognito Braces, Anchorage, Alaska

The times when kids with braces earned the nickname “metal mouth” are well in the past. These days, incognito braces allow you to align your teeth discretely — nobody even has to know you have a straightening device in place. Just how do these differ from traditional models? Here, the experts of Family First Dentistry in Anchorage, AK, explain the difference.

hidden bracesNormal metal braces remain an effective way to realign crooked teeth for a more beautiful and functional grin. First, your dentist will take molds and X-rays of your teeth to figure out the problem areas that need to be addressed. Then, they will place brackets and wires on the fronts and backs of your teeth. These move your teeth gently over time to create an even appearance.

Unlike these traditional models, incognito braces are affixed only to the backs of the teeth. This makes them nearly undetectable, even when you’re laughing or smiling. Like the older models, they may require some adjustment or tightening over time to ensure optimal results. Many people prefer this invisible method to the traditional option.

Hidden braces aren’t to be confused with Invisalign. These see-through aligners aren’t permanently affixed to your teeth, but they work much like a mouthguard in that they can be taken in and out. They are removed when eating, as well as when you’re brushing and flossing. To create them, your dentist will first take impressions of your mouth. Based on these, custom Invisalign molds are created.

Various factors, from price point to age, impact the best choice of straightening solution for you. A dentist can advise you accordingly. For advice in Anchorage, AK, look to Family First Dentistry. These orthodontists offer cutting-edge orthodontics technology, including incognito braces and Invisalign. Visit their website to find out more, and call (907) 562-2820 to schedule an appointment.

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