Straight Teeth Without Braces
Crooked, misplaced or misaligned teeth can lead to numerous problems. Premature wear and tear, grinding or clenching your teeth, or temporomandibular joint disorder can all occur as a result of misalignment. Orthodontics are often the best way to correct alignment issues before they lead to serious problems. However, many people, especially adults, do not wish to pursue treatment with traditional braces. Fortunately there are other options.
Alternatives to Traditional Braces
Traditional braces are sometimes the best option, particularly if misalignment is severe, but in many cases, an orthodontist can offer different alternatives. Among these are lingual braces, “invisible” braces, and Invisalign.
“Invisible” braces are similar to traditional braces, but are made of ceramic or transparent materials so that they are much less visible. This approach helps reduce the likelihood of self-consciousness during treatment.
Lingual braces are also similar to traditional braces, but the braces are placed on the backs of the teeth. Again, this approach makes the braces less visible.
Another popular alternative to traditional braces is Invisalign. Invisalign uses clear plastic aligner trays to move the teeth gradually into the right position.
Advantages of Invisalign
The clear plastic trays used for Invisalign are virtually invisible. They are also more comfortable than traditional braces and wires. The trays can be removed for special occasions, though they should be left in as much as possible for the best results. Many adults choose Invisalign because of these advantages.
Invisalign aligner trays are custom made from casts of your teeth. Digital images are created from these casts to determine how your teeth should look at the end of your treatment, and where the teeth will move during intermediate stages of treatment. A series of plastic trays is created from these models. Typically, you will wear each tray for about two weeks.
Invisalign can be an excellent alternative to traditional orthodontics. To find out if your misaligned teeth can be treated with Invisalign, please contact Dr. Darren K. Dickson, DDS for information on orthodontics in Plano.