ARE THERE ALTERNATIVES TO INVISALIGN?
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Invisalign, a series of clear aligners that resemble mouth guards, have become increasingly popular for orthodontic treatment. And yet, they aren’t for everyone. If you’re too young for Invisalign, have a severe problem with your teeth, or think you won’t be able to resist the temptation to remove your aligners during the day, you may want to ask your Hamilton orthodontist about alternatives.
Let’s take a look at some of these other options available:
Traditional braces have come a long way since your parents had them. Although in some cases traditional metal braces are necessary, for many people braces can be much more subtle. Rather than metal, modern braces can be made of ceramic or other alternative materials that are either clear or blend into the natural color of your teeth. What’s more, traditional braces usually require tightening less frequently than Invisalign and are usually cheaper.
Similarly, the Damon system of braces is also an option available to you. These braces are attached to your teeth like traditional bracket braces but, rather than needing to be periodically tightened, they use a slide system that is self-ligating. Damon braces uses a clear material so are less obvious in your mouth. They tend to work faster than traditional braces and exert less pressure on your teeth. However, they can also be a little more expensive.
Depending on the precise issue with your teeth, you may be eligible for what are called “invisible” (also known as “lingual”) braces. Rather than the braces being attached to the front of your teeth, they’re attached to the back. Other than their placement, they work the same way as traditional braces, putting constant, light pressure on your teeth to slowly reposition them.
There are also accelerated orthodontic treatments available, though they tend to be only for severe cases. For example, in a situation where there is insufficient room in a patient’s mouth for teeth to be aligned with braces, surgery can be performed by an oral surgeon to allow room for realignment by removing teeth. This can often be a good choice for adults or children who don’t have the time to go through the long process of braces and whose teeth have more fully settled, therefore requiring more work to align.
Ultimately, there are a wide variety of possible surgical procedures available, but deciding whether to pursue these options would be best decided by your local Hamilton orthodontist to see if any are right for you.
Whichever braces you choose, Eastgate Dental Centre in Hamilton can help you. We’ve been constantly expanding the services we offer our customers and have several specialists on our team. Contact us today for a general check-up or to find out more about which kind of braces is right for you.