Braces have long been the preferred way to get straighter teeth. Unfortunately, many people aren’t excited about the idea of wearing metal brackets and wires for multiple years. Because of their unsightly appearance and the constant care they require to be kept clean, braces have earned a somewhat bad reputation. Needless to say, many kids and adults have been looking for alternatives to this traditional orthodontics option.
Thankfully, the field of orthodontics has grown tremendously in the last 15 years and braces are no longer the only option when it comes to getting straight teeth. The following three alternatives are all gaining in popularity:
This product hit the market in the late 1990s and has continued to grow in popularity. Each aligner is custom made based on a series of tests done by the orthodontist. In fact, patients actually wear a series of 24 or more aligners over the course of the treatment in order to gain the best results. Aligners are usually clear and much less noticeable than traditional metal braces.
For those who suffer from slightly misaligned teeth, a retainer offers a more affordable, low-commitment solution. The retainer may only be worn at night time or at home, which means not having to worry about taking it out and replacing it before and after eating.
Veneers are the result of a dental procedure in which a thin layer of porcelain is permanently attached to the teeth. While this is generally considered appropriate only for those with slight misalignments, the results can be quite incredible.