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Can You Straighten Teeth Without Braces?

Posted in Braces

Braces can be uncomfortable, expensive, and even embarrassing for some people. Personally, you’ll do anything to avoid them!  If you’re tired of having crooked teeth, then you may want a way to fix them without getting braces.

Braces May be a Necessary

If you have a severe case of crooked teeth, then you most likely will need some form of orthodontic treatment.

Crooked teeth can put stress on your gums and lead to rapid tissue recession. They also tend to trap bacteria that cause cavities and periodontal disease. Straightening teeth will harmonize your bite and improve the health of your mouth.

Sometimes, there’s no other option save for physically encouraging your teeth to move.

Don’t DIY!

You’ve likely encountered several suggestions for straightening your teeth on your own. These include encouragement to press on your teeth with your tongue or to wrap rubber bands around your teeth before going to bed.

Such techniques can be ineffective at best, and downright dangerous at the worst. If you need to physically move your teeth, then do so with the guidance of an expert such as an orthodontist.

Trying to fix your teeth at home can cause permanent damage you’ll sorely regret.

Safe Alternatives to Braces

Depending on your needs, you may still be able to improve your smile without getting braces. Clear plastic aligners are a good alternative treatment.

If you just want to make minor changes for cosmetic purposes, then you can avoid moving your teeth, altogether. Dental bonding, veneers, or crowns can change the shape of a tooth to make it look like it’s in proper alignment.

There are many different types of braces.  Which teeth-straightening method is right for you? Find out by visiting your local dentist or orthodontist.

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry
13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004
(770) 521-2100


Do I Qualify for an Alternative to Braces?

Posted in Orthodontics

Maybe your dentist has been after you about straightening your smile for years – but you’re just not thrilled about the idea of wearing metal brackets and wires for over a year. Fortunately, you have a few options to choose from. One of these options may be just right for your smile.

Go Subtle with Tooth-Colored Brackets

Are you mainly concerned about how braces look? Some adults and teens worry that braces will give them a childish appearance. You can still get all the benefits of the trusted traditional orthodontic treatment without being a “metal mouth.”

Braces can often be placed with tooth-colored brackets and “clear” wires. This color scheme will ensure that your braces are not the first thing folks notice about you!

Discreet and Comfortable Trays

Invisalign aligners are popular among teens and busy adults alike. Some of the benefits of using trays to straighten your teeth include:

  • Removable for meals and hygiene
  • Barely-there appearance
  • Fewer orthodontic appointments

Short-Term Ortho for Those in a Hurry

Some types of special aligners and braces work quickly by targeting only a few teeth. You could straighten out the visible portion of your smile in a matter of a few months. This isn’t the right solution if you have serious bite issues, but for a quick fix with less hassle, a special aligner or accelerated treatment could be your answer.

The important fact to keep in mind is that no two orthodontic cases are alike. What worked for your friend or neighbor or that guy you read about on Google isn’t necessarily right for you! Your dentist will help you to figure out your orthodontic needs and get you started with references and suggestions that are tailored to your situation.

Posted on behalf of:
East Cobb Orthodontics
2810 Lassiter Rd
Marietta, GA 30062
(770) 993-7118

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