While braces are now a highly popular technique for straightening teeth, they are far from the only option available for those that have a crooked bite. If you’re considering having your teeth straightened in the coming months, it’s important to learn more on your full range of options. Here we’ll explain how to straighten teeth without the use of braces.
Clear aligners such as Invisalign can be used to slowly realign the teeth without the need for braces. These aligners are often best for teens and young adults whose mouths are no longer shifting, and is a typical option for those with problems such as mouth overcrowding and spacing issues. A benefit of clear aligners is they can be easily taken out to allow for seamless cleaning of teeth and gums.
In addition, there is also Invisalign Express which is often used for patients who had orthodontic treatment in the past, but have since had some of their teeth moved back.
For children whose teeth are too small for the adult teeth to come in, an orthodontist might recommend the use of a palatal expander. Palatal expanders work to widen the arch of the upper teeth and create space for the teeth to move into their natural position. One of the key benefits of expanders is that they’re mostly invisible and can be easily adjusted.
Retainers continue to be one of the mostly commonly used alternatives to braces. They are designed for the upper and lower arches of the mouth and can straighten the patient’s teeth over time. Oftentimes, retainers are used in conjunction with braces in order to retain the position of the teeth after treatment. A great benefit of retainers is that they can be used on patients of all ages. They’re also designed to be simple to remove for the patient to complete their oral cleaning regimen.
Mostly chosen for patients with chipped teeth and gaps between their teeth, dental veneers are placed on top of the existing teeth to give the patient a natural-looking tooth in place of a tooth that may have been discoloured or otherwise aesthetically compromised. It’s an option for all adult patients and continues to be a popular way to achieve a healthy and aesthetically-pleasing smile.
Our trusted dental office team is now helping patients straighten their teeth and enhance their appearance over the long-term. To learn more or speak with a specialist, call us today.