If you’re wanting to pursue orthodontic treatment, but are hesitant about braces, there are other options to consider. Braces alternatives have become more and more popular as technology advances. Let’s talk about the pros and cons of the different options available.

Invisalign Aligners

Invisalign has become one of the most popular options for braces alternatives. Invisalign aligners are made of clear plastic and fit over your teeth similar to a mouthguard. Unlike traditional braces that are highly visible and fixed to your teeth with dental bonding, invisalign is nearly invisible, as the name suggests, and removable for when you eat or brush and floss your teeth. They can also be a lot more comfortable than traditional braces, since they are made entirely of thin, smooth plastic, and designed without any brackets, wires, or rough edges.

While there are many advantages to Invisalign, they may not be the best fit for younger patients. There are some conditions that cannot be treated with aligners. If you have a severe overbite or underbite, you may need to look into a different option.

Ceramic Braces

If you’re wanting to avoid traditional metal braces because you have concerns about metal allergies or prefer for your orthodontic treatment to be less noticable, ceramic braces may be a good fit for you. Ceramic braces are a type of traditional braces option, so they are able to treat a wider variety of conditions than clear aligners can, while remaining less visible than their metal counterpart.

Make an Appointment for a Consultation

When searching for braces alternatives, it can be helpful to talk with an orthodontist about what you’d like to correct as well as why you’re wanting to avoid traditional braces. That way, your orthodontist can help guide you to options that will produce the results you desire while also being sensitive to navigate the things you wish to avoid.

The best first step you can take is to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist so that they can assist you in discovering how to most efficiently, comfortably, and successfully achieve the smile that you desire.

Call our McKinney, Rowlett, Sherman, Greenville, Rio Bravo or Montgomery dental offices to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.