Are you happy with the way your teeth look? Do you wish they could be straight but have no desire to go through the pain and hassle of metal braces? Maybe you had great teeth, but over time, they’ve shifted after an injury or tooth loss. If you’ve given up on the idea of ever having a great-looking smile, keep reading…there’s another option that you’ll want to talk about with your orthodontist or cosmetic dentist!
Popular Options for Teeth Straightening
While many people just think of metal braces for straightening teeth, there are actually several options. The following is a list of the most common:
Metal braces are one of the most common methods for straightening teeth, particularly in children. If you didn’t get the “joy” of having braces when you were younger, chances are you know someone who did. The benefits of metal braces are that they are very effective and they tend to be the least expensive option. However, they are often uncomfortable, and everyone knows you’re wearing them.
Lingual braces are similar to traditional metal braces except that they’re mounted behind your teeth so they aren’t the first thing people see when you smile. They’re a little more expensive than traditional braces and can be difficult to clean.
Ceramic braces are yet another option. They are very similar to traditional metal braces
with wires and brackets, but clear in color to blend in with your teeth. They are just as
effective as metal braces, but will most likely cost a little more.
Veneers can be a quicker solution for minor alignment issues. While they don’t actually straighten teeth, they are thin, porcelain coverings that fit over your existing teeth. They can be considered a “fast-fix” in the world of teeth alignment, but they can also be quite pricey.
Invisible aligners (such as Invisalign®)
For people that want to straighten their teeth discreetly and comfortably while also having the freedom to remove their aligner for cleaning, an invisible aligner is a great choice. Invisalign is the trusted brand and gold standard for people who choose this option.
How Invisalign Works
If you like the idea of being able to straighten your teeth without painful, unsightly wires and brackets, an Invisalign clear aligner is likely a good choice for you. The aligner is made out of thin plastic that is custom molded to fit your mouth. Every two weeks, you’ll receive a new aligner to continue the gentle process of moving and straightening your teeth.
During the day, you will remove your Invisalign aligner when you eat. Unlike braces, you also have the option to remove your aligner for cleaning and to brush your teeth, making oral hygiene much easier and more effective. With continued use, treatment usually lasts nine to 15 months — which is typically shorter than with traditional metal braces.
Is Invisalign Right for You?
Invisalign is a great option for many people and it can fix most alignment problems. However, there are some instances where it may not be right for everyone. For people with a strongly rotated or tilted tooth (often due to overcrowding), Invisalign may not be the right choice. Also, young children whose mouths are still growing and changing, may require a different treatment. If either of these situations apply to you, you’ll want to consult with a cosmetic dentist or orthodontist to confirm if an invisible aligner will work.
Most people wishing to straighten their teeth are good candidates for using an Invisalign aligner. The aligner can help remedy a number of issues including minor over- and under-bites, gaps, and a need for just general straightening. If you’re ready to take the next step toward having the straight teeth you’ve always wanted, now is the time to schedule your free consultation with a Lake Villa representative. A great new smile is just a call away!