We all want to look good when we smile, but having crooked teeth sometimes makes us self-conscious. To straighten the teeth, wearing metal braces is the most popular option. However, there are instances when metal braces are not ideal. In this article, we will discuss the five best alternatives to braces.

Top Alternatives to Traditional Metal Braces

Aside from the inconvenience associated with wearing braces, many do not like how they look with full braces on. Thankfully, modern technology allows us to explore other options for when you do not want to use metal braces.

Invisalign or ClearCorrect (clear aligners)

ClearCorrect is one of the most popular brands of clear plastic aligners. These are custom-made for treatment to misaligned teeth. It can also fix overbites, crossbites, overjets, gaps, and overcrowding.

Because it is clear and almost invisible, many patients like the fact that they can use aligners without being noticed by others.

Moreover, clear aligners are removable. This makes them much easier and more comfortable to use compared to traditional metal braces.

Clear aligners also work faster. Results can be expected in as early as 12-18 months.

Ceramic Veneers

Veneers are best for people whose teeth are discoloured, misshaped, chipped, or with gaps in between. These are made from very thin but very durable ceramics material, which may last for 10-15 years.

To improve the appearance of the teeth, a very thin portion of tooth enamel will be removed. Afterwards, the custom-made veneers will be placed as shell covers of the front teeth.

Note that there are two types of dental veneers: ceramic porcelain and resin composite. We recommend the use of ceramics over resin veneers because unknown to many, the latter may break easily when you grind your teeth.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are so similar to traditional braces that use wires and brackets. The only difference is that they are placed at the back of the teeth which makes them virtually invisible. As a result, many adults choose this orthodontic treatment option.
However, the downside is that lingual braces are much harder to clean due to their back position. In addition, lingual braces are not suitable for people with an overbite and for those who have small teeth.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are less noticeable than traditional braces. Instead of using stainless steel, the brackets are made of ceramics that are either clear or tooth-coloured. Keep in mind, though, that ceramic braces still use metal wires that will be visible each time you open your mouth.

Retainers

Retainers are typically used to maintain the position of teeth after wearing braces. However, extremely minor dental issues can be addressed by wearing retainers.

For instance, retainers can close the very slight gap between your teeth. These can also fix malocclusion and minor overcrowding teeth.

Final Notes

Traditional metal braces are no longer the only option for getting straight teeth. Feel free to tell your orthodontist about your concerns as well as the treatment options you like best.

Here at Grand Dental, we value your satisfaction. In no time, you will be flashing that perfect smile with your straighter teeth.