How To Correct Teeth Alignment Without Braces
A beautiful set of teeth make for a beautiful smile. But sadly, not all of us are blessed with perfectly aligned set of pearlies. Some of us need a little bit of external help – ideally from braces – to straighten out our teeth and not make it look like an image of a horror story. However, to most, braces are quite embarrassing and highly noticeable no matter what your age, and thus people are reluctant to get them fitted. For such people here are some ways to correct teeth alignment without braces.
Invisalign Or Invisible Retainers
These are invisible aligners custom made in the US to fit the shape and size of your mouth. They slip on to your teeth and can be removed whenever you want. They slowly and steadily re-align your teeth and the entire procedure can take anywhere between 10-24 months. It is meant for adults whose teeth are not shifting anymore. It can treat spacing problems but can't treat severe or complex issues.
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These braces are much like the regular braces except for the fact that they are placed at the back of teeth so that they aren't visible. They work the same way braces do; system of wires that are gradually tightened and are worn from anywhere between half a year to two years. This treatment is best advised for patients above the age of 10. Just bear in mind they are much more expensive than the traditional braces.
First of all, retainers can either be fixed or removable and they are specifically made to fit inside the upper or/and lower arches of your mouth with the purpose of straightening out your teeth. Generally, retainers are used as a follow up treatment after braces, but in cases where the misalignment is minor, they work well to solve the problem. While removable retainers are good for hygiene purposes, they are visible. So if visibility is the issue, then opt for permanent retainers that are glued to the back of your teeth and are thus not visible.
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Dental veeners are tooth caps that are made of porcelain and are placed on the top of your existing teeth to hide away any imperfections. If you are someone who has gaps between your teeth, chipped teeth or some sort of discolouration in your teeth, then this is a good option for you. Here the orthodontist will file away a thin layer of your tooth's natural enamel and especially made veeners on your teeth. This is a costly procedure though and is meant only for adults who are done growing up, since the shape of the face matters in this procedure.
A palatal expander is a sort of oral expander that is fixed in your mouth with the purpose of widening the upper jaw space so as to give the teeth room to naturally move in their correct positions and not overcrowd. It is fitted in the mouth with a screw and bands attached to the teeth. This treatment works the best with pre-teens and teens as their jaws are still pliable and not hard and rigid. After the jaw expansion, the palatal expander isn't removed for another 3 months to give the teeth time to stabilize.
Above were some ways in which you can correct teeth alignment without braces. Contact your orthodontist for further information and to know which of these treatment options is best suited for your problem.