They may be the most popular method of straightening crooked teeth, but it turns out that braces aren’t the only way to align your smile. Dental technology has designed several tools that can work just as well in readjusting your bite, and some are less painful and less expensive than the classic metal braces.
There are many reasons children don’t want to wear regular braces. Perhaps their peers ridicule their dental wear, or maybe they find the normal braces too painful to wear. Here are two alternative methods for both children and adults.
Invisalign is a series of 18 to 30 plastic aligners, custom-made to fit over your teeth and correct a variety of smile issues. As the name suggests, the product is ‘invisible’, or more accurately, made of clear, see-through material. It is preferred by younger dental care patients as the Invisalign is certainly, aesthetically, more pleasing,
Cheat Sheet explains that the treatment time depends on the severity and complexity of the correction needed. Invisalign does, however, have to be removed every time you eat and drink, which is a drawback for some patients. However, the fact that you can remove them allows for easier brushing and flossing and potentially better periodontal health.
Unfortunately, this isn’t an option for everyone, as more extreme dental issues may need to opt for regular metal.
Lingual braces are very similar to traditional braces except they are placed on the back of the teeth instead of the front, explain My Kool Smiles.
These braces are invisible to other people, but they are more difficult to keep clean! Many people have also reported that because of their location, and the sensitive area of the gums, they often start off being somewhat uncomfortable until you get used to them. The positioning of lingual braces also affects your tongue.
You may need to consciously practice not to use a tongue thrust when swallowing by gently bringing your teeth together and then swallowing. When talking, you should over-enunciate certain words for several weeks after getting your braces, says Colgate.