If your child or teenager needs braces, you should know that there are alternatives to traditional metal braces. While metal braces are less noticeable than some types of braces, there are still “invisible” options to explore before making a decision.
Keep reading to learn about the alternatives to braces.
What Are Alternatives to Braces?
Here are some popular alternatives to braces:
This type of invisible braces looks similar to a clear, plastic mouthguard but works to straighten teeth like traditional braces. Invisalign aligners are custom-made to shift your child’s teeth into place over time, and are typically changed out every two weeks.
Although Invisalign aligners are usually more expensive than traditional braces, they offer benefits like being able to be worn while eating or drinking.
Ceramic braces are similar to traditional metal braces except the brackets and wires are typically clear or opaque. Ceramic braces easily blend in with the color of your child’s teeth, however they can become stained if not cleaned properly.
Lingual braces are extremely similar to traditional braces except they are placed on the back of the teeth instead of the front. They are invisible from the outside but can be more difficult to keep clean and are often more uncomfortable than traditional braces.
Although veneers don’t work like traditional braces to correct crooked teeth, they are an option when it comes to correcting the look of teeth. Veneers are like porcelain caps that are attached to your child’s teeth and designed to look like a perfectly normal, straight tooth.
Teeth that have become discolored, fractured, or misshapen can often be fixed by veneers.
Get Braces at Kool Smiles
If you think your child may need braces, visit your local Kool Smiles. We are an affordable dentist office for children and we offer orthodontic services at many of our locations. After your child’s first dental appointment, our dentists can refer your child to an orthodontist if needed.
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