Fixed braces are a traditional way of straightening teeth. This method generally uses metal fixtures and wires to apply pressure to move the teeth into the correct position. However, some people are not keen on the idea of having fixed braces, whether it is worry about pain and discomfort, being conscious of appearance while wearing a brace, or feeling that the brace will hinder their lives in other ways. While braces are an excellent way of straightening teeth, there are other options that can be explored to achieve a straight smile.
At Pearl Dental we offer a range of procedures for teeth straightening without braces:
A Snap on smile is a removable device that can cover up misaligned, cracked, worn or discoloured teeth. Although a snap on smile is seen as a temporary measure, they can last up to a few years if they are looked after correctly. The device fits over natural teeth to give you a straight, white smile.
Composite or porcelain veneers can be applied over misaligned teeth to give the image of straight teeth, while improving the overall look of your smile. If the teeth are severely misaligned then this may not be an option, however in most cases it is not an issue. The teeth may be re-contoured, or need enamel shaving to ensure the veneers fit in a natural looking way. Veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures at the current time, with many celebrities opting for this kind of smile transformation.
Invisalign aligners work on moving the teeth like a brace, however, they are not the same as a traditional fixed appliance. Instead of the metal fixtures, Invisalign uses a clear, plastic aligner system that gently moves the teeth, and is practically invisible. Often, one of the main complaints with traditional braces is they are a prominent feature in the mouth. Invisalign eliminates this issue and allows people to undergo orthodontic treatment in a very discreet way. Another bonus to Invisalign is that it can be removed for up to two hours a day.