Did you know that traditional metal braces are no longer your only option when it comes to straightening teeth? More modern solutions—and even ones that aren’t orthodontic treatment—now exist that help you achieve the straight smile you’ve always wanted. If you don’t want to undergo orthodontics with metal braces, here are three alternatives for crooked teeth:
Invisalign® and ClearCorrect
Both clear aligner orthodontic systems, Invisalign and ClearCorrect allow you to discreetly straighten crooked teeth with clear trays worn over the teeth. Similar to a plastic retainer, these clear aligners gradually straighten teeth over time, with the added benefit of being removable. Patients can maintain their normal diet and oral hygiene routine, as well as feel socially unhindered with virtually invisible orthodontic treatment.
An alternative to orthodontic treatment altogether, Snap-on Smile is a custom-made arch of straight, white teeth that “snaps” over your unaltered natural teeth. Like a snuggly fit retainer (but the color and translucency of teeth), this solution effectively hides minor cosmetic issues like crooked teeth. Snap-on Smile is a cost-effective and quick treatment option that won’t require spending months wearing braces or aligners to straighten your teeth.
Another non-orthodontic treatment option is dental veneers. These porcelain shells “cap” individual teeth and when used to cover over all teeth that show when you smile, can seamlessly hide minor crookedness. Your natural teeth will need to be altered (a small amount of enamel removed) for porcelain veneers to appear natural and not bulky. Lasting 10-15 years, veneers are an effective solution with instantaneous results achieved in two appointments or less.
Schedule Your Appointment
Always get a professional evaluation and consultation from a trained dentist before undergoing orthodontic treatment. Depending on your case, you may need more specialized care requiring the strength of metal braces. Contact your local dentist today to learn more!