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31 Dec
                           

How Can You Correct Crooked Teeth Without Wearing Metal Braces?

                           

Many people assume that metal braces are necessary to correct crooked teeth. This is not necessarily the case. If teeth are severely out of line, metal braces may be required. However, other methods can straighten teeth if the problem isn’t severe.

A professional dentist or orthodontist is the best person to advise you about your options. However, it might help to be aware of the different types of treatments available before you attend a consultation. Having this knowledge means you can be prepared to ask any questions you may have. Let’s look at some treatment options you might want to consider.

Invisalign

Invisalign treatment involves using clear aligners that fit snugly over the teeth. They are custom-made to make them a perfect fit. The aligners are replaced every few weeks as the teeth start to move. As the aligners can be removed, there is no problem with eating or cleaning your teeth.

This treatment is ideal for many people who have minor teeth alignment issues. One of the biggest benefits is that the aligners, due to their clear material, are virtually invisible.

Dental veneers

Veneers do not offer the same overall benefits as braces. However, they can help fill unsightly gaps and improve the look of your smile.

Veneers are thin layers of porcelain or composite resin bonded to the front of teeth. They can help to cover chips and small gaps. Dental veneers are a cosmetic solution that can sometimes be useful in disguising a slight misalignment of teeth.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces are similar in design to traditional metal braces. However, they are fitted to the back of the teeth rather than the front. This means that they can be useful for correcting issues with crooked teeth without having too much of an adverse effect on your appearance.

Lingual braces are not suitable for everyone. For instance, people with pronounced overbites often have problems with the brackets detaching from their teeth.

Clear or ceramic braces

These braces resemble traditional metal braces, but the brackets are made from ceramic or clear plastic. They have less of an effect on your appearance than metal braces do. However, they tend not to be quite as strong as metal braces.

These are your main options if you want an alternative to wearing fixed metal braces.  If you discuss your preferences with a dentist or orthodontist, they can tell you if a certain treatment suits your case. In some circumstances, the best decision might, after all, be to use metal braces. If this is the case for you, it might still be worth putting up with the braces to attain an attractive and healthy smile at the end of the treatment.