Oftentimes, what stops people, particularly adults, from straightening their teeth and enhancing their smile is aesthetics. Many people don’t want to wear braces. Because of this, recent years have witnessed the evolution of classic dental braces towards more discreet teeth-straightening methods, such as Invisalign at Padron Dental. Invisalign However, Invisalign is not always the best choice for some patients, and indeed, cannot be used in all cases. If Invisalign won’t work for you, and you are still concerned about aesthetics of classic metal braces, you do have other options.
Classic dental appliances, made better!
Traditional braces consist of placing pins on the external face of the teeth and connecting them together by a wire, which exerts a slight pressure on the teeth and guides them towards the desired alignment. Braces are adjusted regularly by the progressive tightening of the wire. Traditionally, parts of the braces are made of metal, which many people are self-conscious about. Because of this, a new trend in braces material has emerged: ceramic or resin pins. These materials more closely match the color of your teeth and are therefore less visible. Ceramic bands are the closest to their traditional metal counterparts and are almost as strong. They are usually placed on the back teeth, which cannot be seen as easily, and connected with a metal wire to the back teeth on the other side. Resin can also be used, though it is worth noting that you must take particular care to avoid foods such as coffee that will stain the resin. Though these materials are not invisible, they both do a great job at improving the aesthetics of your smile, if this is an issue for you and especially if this issue is keeping you from having your teeth straightened.
The lingual technique
The lingual technique is a non-visible device that is similar to traditional braces and exists as a great alternative to traditional braces. This technique is based on the same principles as those of conventional braces with the difference that the apparatus will be placed behind, on the internal face of the teeth and will therefore be less visible, or even almost invisible. They are essentially backwards braces! The lingual technique is fairly labor intensive and usually requires more visits to your orthodontist than traditional braces, and because of this, is more costly than traditional braces. It can even be more costly than Invisalign or other “invisible” aligners that are available.
Invisible aligners besides Invisalign
Invisalign can cost anywhere for $3,500 to upwards of $8,000 or more, which is cost prohibitive for many people. It is no surprise then, that cheaper options that work in the same way as Invisalign have arisen, many of which do not require dental visits. Generally, these alternatives can be done from home, with companies sending you everything you need to make mouth impressions for your treatments. While the price for these at-home kits can be significantly less, it is important to note that teeth straightening is a complicated process, and is best done in the care of a professional.