Adults who would like a straighter, more attractive smile have many alternatives available to them. Your cosmetic dentist can help you explore the options that may be right for you, but in addition to dental veneers and caps, braces are a realistic alternative for many adults. In the past, adults tended to avoid braces because they did not want to endure years of the “metal mouth” look. Many people believed that having traditional metal braces could have an adverse effect on career advancement or could impact their social lives.
Fortunately, there are some excellent orthodontic alternatives that can give adults the straighter smile they seek while limiting or even eliminating the social stigma that comes with traditional metal braces. Clear aligners such as Invisalign® or ClearCorrect™ are a popular alternative for adult braces.
Clear aligners use the same principles of traditional braces. They apply gentle pressure to slowly move teeth into the desired position. Instead of using bands and wires to get the job done, clear aligners use a series of clear plastic aligners or trays that fit over the patient’s teeth. Once in place, the aligners are almost invisible which makes them great for working adults.
Another option is six months braces such as the Six Months Smiles® system. These systems focus on moving only the front teeth and can be completed in about six months. They do not address bite issues, but can be an excellent alternative to achieve a straighter smile in a short period of time.
Finally, there have been advances in traditional braces to help make them less noticeable. Some traditional braces are made with tooth colored ceramic or plastic bands and wires that make them much less noticeable than metal colored braces. If you want a straighter, more attractive smile, talk to your cosmetic dentist today!
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