Are you an adult who has always wanted straighter teeth and a more attractive smile but were put off by the thought of wearing braces? Many adults live with their misaligned teeth because they do not want to spend years wearing traditional metal braces. They may be a little self-conscious about having braces, or they could be concerned about the effect that braces could have on their career or social live.
Fortunately, advances in dentistry have resulted in numerous options for adults who want a straighter, more attractive smile without unsightly braces. For many patients, porcelain dental veneers are the perfect solution. Dental veneers are thin, tooth colored porcelain shells that are bonded to the visible surface of the patient’s teeth. Porcelain veneers can be shaped to provide the appearance of straighter teeth without the need for braces.
Another option is clear plastic aligners such as the Invisalign® or ClearCorrect™ systems. These systems use a series of custom made clear plastic aligners to move the teeth into position. The aligners are replaced every two to three weeks with a new aligner and once they are snapped into position on the patient’s teeth, they are virtually invisible. Most people will never even notice that you are wearing clear plastic aligners.
There are also systems designed to move the teeth into position much faster than traditional braces. These systems focus on repositioning only the front teeth and can get great results in about six months. They use more traditional braces and wires, but these are usually made from tooth colored materials so they are not as noticeable as traditional braces.
When you are ready for a straighter, more attractive smile, see your cosmetic dentist or orthodontist. They can help you choose the option that is right for you.
Many dental patients with crooked or misaligned teeth avoid getting braces because they don’t want to spend years with a mouth full of metal braces. If you are one of these people who want an attractive smile but have avoided traditional metal braces, you should talk to your dentist about the many alternatives to traditional braces.
Ceramic tooth colored braces and “inside” braces that attach to the back of the patient’s teeth are excellent alternatives for many patients. These braces are far less noticeable than metal braces and can be used to correct severely misaligned teeth and bite problems.
Invisible aligners are another modern alternative to metal braces. Aligners use a series of custom made clear plastic “trays” that fit over the patient’s teeth and gently move them into position. Each tray is worn for two to three weeks before moving on to the next tray.
If you don’t need to have bite problems addressed, then six month braces may be a good option. Six month braces use tooth colored brackets and wires so they are much less noticeable than metal braces and focus on straightening the patient’ front teeth to create a more attractive smile. Since they do not attempt to make changes to your bite, results can be achieved in just six months.
Finally, porcelain veneers are thin porcelain shells permanently bonded to the front surface of the patient’s teeth. For many patients with moderately crooked teeth, porcelain veneers can achieve a straighter, more attractive smile in only a few office visits and without the hassle of braces. Unlike braces, veneers result in a brighter, whiter smile and there is no need to wear a retainer for years after the treatment.
If you desire a more attractive smile but have been avoiding metal braces, talk to your dentist and find out which of these alternatives might be right for you.
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