Braces are dental devices that help to straighten teeth by applying pressure. Some people are anxious to wear metal braces. Thankfully, there are other options you can choose from.
Why Use Braces?
People with crooked, gapped, or crowded teeth opt to use braces to straighten their teeth. Braces can also help fix chewing or biting. Few opt for braces to fix their smile. Fortunately, an orthodontist could suggest other methods to fix your teeth.
Options To Straighten Your Teeth Without Braces
Retainers: For individuals who require a minimum amount of straightening, retainers can be used. This will work when the teeth are not overcrowded.
Appliances: Appliances such as headgear, expanders, and space maintainers help to fix teeth without the need for braces. Appliances are less expensive compared to braces.
Clear aligners: Also known as invisible braces, they consist of a clear tray that fits onto your teeth. These are mostly used by adults to avoid the stigma of using wired braces.
Ceramic braces: Uses tooth-colored wires, unlike metal braces. They are a good alternative for people who want to avoid metal braces.
Veneers: These are ideal for patients with fractures, gaps, or poorly shaped teeth. The dentist will remove a layer of tooth enamel and place veneers.
Lingual braces: These are similar to braces except they are virtually invisible and are placed on the back of the teeth. However, they may be difficult to clean due to their placement.
Dental Care When Using Teeth Straighteners
Make sure to brush and floss your teeth to remove any debris stuck between your teeth and bracket. We recommend that you use a brush that has soft bristles. Follow a healthy diet by avoiding food like nuts, popcorn, sticky candies, and crunchy snacks. These foods tend to get stuck in your braces.
Speak to Your Dentist
There are no remedies to straighten your teeth at home. DIY remedies and self-made equipment are unlikely to work. With advanced dentistry, metal braces are not the only option to fix crooked teeth.
If you are looking for an option other than metal braces, do visit us at Covington Signature Dentistry. Our expert orthodontists will be able to guide you to the best option suitable for you. The prices would vary depending on the type of braces. Also do check with your insurance provider if your policy covers orthodontic treatment.
For comprehensive dental care, visit Covington Signature Dentistry at 27121 174th Place SE, Suite 202, Covington, WA 98042. Call us at (253) 638-9955 for appointments.