For the lucky, the awkward teen years were left behind in high school. Many people, however, are still trying to gain confidence in their appearance and are considering braces as an option. For those that may be averse to the dreaded "metal mouth", there are more attractive options.
Clear aligners are a series of trays that gradually shift teeth into place. Some common clear aligners are Invisalign, Clear Correct, Inman Aligner, and Smart Moves. These trays must be worn for approximately 20 hours daily, removing them only to eat and brush. This is an attractive option because one may be able to avoid the typical wires and brackets as with traditional braces. The drawback of clear aligners is that they are not as precise and traditional braces may still need to be worn for a few months. Typical costs for clear aligners can be between $5000 and $6000.
Lingual, also called "Nano" or "Incognito" braces are a great option because the wires and brackets are installed on the backs of the teeth leaving your smile unabridged. Some patients commented that speaking and eating took about two weeks to get used to but were unnoticeable after. Unfortunately every case is not well suited to lingual braces. Your orthodontist can tell you if they are right for you. Because of their positioning and the technology used to install them, lingual braces are usually more expensive than traditional braces and can vary between $8000 and $10000 depending on your area.
There are three parts to traditional braces: the arch wire that is threaded through metal brackets and held in place with elastics. Damon braces reduce or eliminate the number of elastics used, reducing friction of the wire and brackets, and allowing the teeth to move more freely into place. This allows you to go longer periods of time between adjustments. They are also smaller than traditional brackets and come in tooth-color and clear, leaving your mouth more attractive with only the thin wire visible. Traditional braces can run between $3800 to $8000. Only your orthodontists can determine the amount of your Damon braces.
High Speed Braces
High Speed Braces is a rapid method of straightening teeth, trademarked by the company of the same name. These braces make use of smaller brackets and no elastics to move shift teeth in six month's time. They are considered cosmetic braces, however, because they shift teeth visible only in a smile and cannot correct the major dental issues traditional braces and orthodontics handle.
Head Gear and Retainers
For adults that need minimal alignment, retainers are an option that will shift your teeth a little at a time. Head gear is typically used to correct an extreme overbite by applying pressure to the upper jaw. Both options can be worn while sleeping to achieve the desired effect and may be more cost efficient than traditional braces.
While having a nice smile can boost your self confidence, straightening your teeth can help to avoid serious oral issues that can affect your overall health. If you are finally making the decision to get braces, be sure to find the right person for the job. An orthodontist (like those at All About Smiles Incorporated) can help make your journey to a healthier smile a smoother, more enjoyable experience.