Options For Straightening Your Teeth Other Than Traditional Braces

14 December 2015
 Categories: Dentist, Blog

If you have crooked teeth and want to have the issue corrected, there are many options available to you. However, you may not like the idea of wearing visible braces during the treatment process. If this is the case, you will still have some options to choose from and you can learn about some of them below:

Lingual braces

Lingual braces can be a great choice since they are just like regular braces, but with one big difference. This difference is that the braces are put on the backside of your teeth instead of on the front of them. While a big benefit to this type of braces is that they can't be seen from the outside, there are some other factors you should consider. These braces will rub against your tongue much more and they can be harder to keep clean.

Clear braces

If it's highly advisable for you to go with traditional braces in order for your teeth to be straightened, then there is an option available that would be a good compromise. You can request to go with clear braces. These braces are designed in the same manner as regular braces, but with one major difference. The material they are made out of are clear, and this makes them much less noticeable than silver colored braces since it allows the natural color of your teeth to be seen through them.

Invisible aligners

You may also be able to go with invisible aligners. These aligners are appliances that you wear during the daytime and take out to clean them and when you go to sleep for the night. These aligners can be easier to get used to since they don't have sharp parts the way braces do, but the treatment process also takes longer.

Porcelain veneers

Another way you can get straighter teeth is to have porcelain veneers put on. These are nothing like any type of braces and they do require your natural teeth to be ground down. Veneers are custom made to fit on your teeth and then they get bonded onto your teeth where they stay permanently in place. They can be used to correct a certain amount of crookedness, but won't be a good option for severe cases since your teeth will have to be ground down a lot to make room for them.

Once you choose the right option for your situation, you can get started on having your teeth straightened so you will be on your way to achieving the smile you desire. Talk with a family orthodontist for more information and a consultation to determine which alternative braces system would work best for you.