Straightening Teeth Without Braces
Braces have been, and will be popular for years — since they are the most conservative treatment used to improve the smile or an incorrect bite.
Today, braces are very common for teenagers and adults of all ages. Braces have evolved to be smaller, more comfortable and aesthetically attractive than years prior, making them much more accepted in social circles, and less embarrassing for those wearing them.
In the future, we expect the technology of braces to continue to evolve, making the term required for aligning teeth even shorter than today. Braces will continue to evolve on all levels, including an increase in comfort, decrease in size, and improvement in aesthetics. These improvements will result in less pain and discomfort for the patient.
But what about alternatives?
Many people, including adults, teens, and kids don’t want to deal with the aesthetic impacts of wearing braces, as well as the potential social implications wearing braces could bring. In many cases, braces are the optimal, and only way to go short of not doing anything at all. However, in some cases, orthodontic treatment can be accomplished via advanced instruments available today.
6 Month Smiles
Six Months Smiles is a system which uses cosmetic braces and concentrates on correcting the alignment of the teeth. Using clear brackets and tooth-colored wires which make them more aesthetically pleasing. Six Month Smiles has taken the best aspects of braces and modified the treatment and the materials to give people a cosmetic solution. — See more at Six Months Smiles
Clear alignment systems such as Invisalign or Orthosnap. These systems work, but you need to make sure to wear them at least 22 hours a day if you want them to work. Otherwise, it will take much longer to get your teeth aligned than with braces which work 24/7 to get results. That said, clear aligners are more comfortable, and convenient than traditional braces.
The Herbst Appliance uses a tube and rod mechanism to put pressure on the jaws in order to fix an overbite. Commonly used for kids with developing jaws, the device attaches to the back molar teeth of the upper and lower jaws, encouraging the lower jaw to catch up in growth with the upper jaw to prevent or fix an overbite. It is common that braces are work in conjunction with the appliance or after the appliance comes off, in order to make minor adjustments. The cons are that it can make the jaw sore when eating, and create some discomfort on the inner cheeks do to the metal scratching them, however, this can be addressed with dental wax.
A palatal expander is an appliance that is put in place on the upper jaw in order to expand it and to help the upper teeth fit better with the lower teeth. When there’s a discrepancy between the upper and lower jaws, and the upper jaw needs expansion, the palatal expander works great. It functions and feels a bit like a retainer. It is sometimes paired with braces if crooked teeth need straightening.
No matter what age you are, there are many various options for straightening your teeth if your smile is not at its optimal.
In the case that you’re not completely confident about your smile, and are looking for inspiration, check out some of our before and after photos. Today’s technology has allowed us to get incredible results and power beautiful smiles for our patients.