If you’ve been thinking about straightening your teeth but don’t necessarily want to get traditional braces, there are a few options available these days. You can visit your dentist to learn more about your choices for straightening your teeth, but it’s best to do a little research as well so you can figure out which methods are right for you.
If you want to get braces but don’t want the metal on the braces to be so noticeable, you can also ask your doctor about invisible or clear braces. For these braces, the brackets and metal pieces are made from strong plastic and thinner wires so that the braces are less discreet. Several patients who decide to get braces only on their top or bottom teeth or one small section of teeth often opt for these braces because they tend to work faster than some retainers or aligners, depending on the position of the teeth. You can also wear devices like the AcceleDent in your mouth when you have braces to make the teeth straightening process occur faster.
If you don’t need to get full braces and have one or two teeth at the top of bottom of your mouth that need to be straightened, retainers are a possible option. Your orthodontist will create a mold in your mouth to customize the retainer for you. Retainers also work well if you’ve already had braces and want to make sure your teeth don’t shift again. You can have the retainer bonded onto your teeth so it’s not visible or ask your orthodontist about getting a retainer that you only wear at night or when you’re not eating.
Invisalign and other similar teeth straightening systems are also available if you don’t want to have braces installed. When you visit the dentist for your Invisalign treatment, he or she will take an x-ray of your mouth using a software system that makes the image 3D. This allows the dentist to see all sides of your mouth and create aligners that are specifically designed for your teeth. You’ll receive a set of aligners and have to change the aligners every two weeks or so until your treatment is complete. You’ll likely have to visit the dentist in between the treatment process to have your teeth cleaned and ensure that your teeth are straightening according to schedule. If you think Invisalign may be right for you, you can search for these services in your area. For instance, if you live in or near the Pinxton area, you can Google an Invisalign Pinxton to find dentists that offer these services.
Lumineers and Veneers
Veneers and lumineers are also great options when you want to straighten your teeth and don’t want to wear braces for months or years. For this treatment, your teeth are shaved down so the veneers or lumineers can cover your teeth. This not only gives you a straight, even smile but covers chipped and discolored teeth. Since the veneers cover your teeth in one application, you don’t have to worry about wearing braces or a retainer for an extended period of time.