Dental Straightening Options Without The Use Of Metal Braces

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If you are looking for a tooth straightening method that does not involve unsightly metal braces, then there are some options available. While clear plastic aligners are best for some, they are a bit expensive for individuals on a budget. Fortunately, there are a few other choices.

Ceramic Braces

The large metal brackets that attach to the teeth are typically the parts of the metal braces that are the most aesthetically unappealing. If you are like most people and do not mind the metal wires so much, then ceramic braces are often a good choice. These types of braces are made with tooth-colored ceramic brackets that attach to the teeth like the metal varieties but blend in so they are a lot less conspicuous. Some options even come with tooth-colored ligature wires and arch wires, but these will often increase the cost of the braces.

Ceramic braces are often much more gentle on the gums and tissues of the mouth since metal pieces are not utilized. However, there are a few drawbacks to consider. The ceramic brackets are usually a bit larger than the metal ones. Also, since ceramic is a more porous material, it does have the ability to absorb and hold onto stains. This can make the brackets look dingy against the teeth.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are very similar to metal braces and move the teeth in much the same way, but the braces are secured on the interior dental arch instead of on the outside surfaces of the teeth. Basically, they are adhered to the backs of the teeth instead of the fronts.

The braces are invisible since they cannot be seen when you eat and talk normally. And, they work as well as metal braces and cost about the same. 

Lingual braces are customized to fit your teeth and general anatomy since your orthodontic professional will need to find available space behind the teeth where the brackets and wires will not scrape the soft tissues. This can take some time to position the braces correctly and adjustments will often take some time to complete. So, you may need to schedule a bit more time for your general orthodontic appointments.

You will have to get used to the braces and how to eat and talk with them, so this can be a drawback as well. However, once you get used to them, you should be able to complete tasks normally without any difficulty. 

If you want to know more about braces and the different invisible teeth alignment options that are available to you, speak with an orthodontist. 

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29 December 2018