3 Discreet Dental Alignment Options
Having misaligned teeth can make you feel uncomfortable about your appearance, and your self-confidence may suffer. Still, even if you are an adult who has had crooked teeth since childhood, there are orthodontic options available to align your teeth quickly and discreetly. Here are a few:
This alignment system offers convenience and discretion, and the cost is similar to that of traditional metal braces. Invisalign usually costs $4,000 to $7,400; traditional metal braces cost $3,000 to $7,000.
The aligning trays that are used for treatment are made of clear plastic and can be removed whenever the patient wishes. Thus, the trays can be taken out so that the patient can comfortably brush his or her teeth, floss and eat. Nevertheless, in order for treatment by Invisalign to progress on schedule, the trays should be worn at least 20 to 22 hours daily.
To progress in your alignment, instead of undergoing adjustments to your Invisalign appliance at your orthodontist's office, you replace your aligners with a new set every two weeks.
Although Invisalign is an effective method of dental alignment, it is usually only prescribed for teens and adults. In addition, severe cases of misalignment may require a different orthodontic treatment.
Lingual braces are a bit more expensive than Invisalign, but they straighten as well as traditional braces and are still discreet. They are generally priced between $8,000 and $10,000.
These braces use metal brackets like conventional braces; however, the placement of the brackets is different. A lingual bracket is positioned on the side of the tooth that is next to the tongue, so it is hidden from view when the patient speaks or smiles.
Lingual braces are great options for people who play wind instruments or participate in sports with heavy physical contact. Musicians can position their lips without having to compensate for braces. In addition, blows to the mouth during a physical game of basketball or soccer are less likely to result in torn lips from metal brackets.
Ceramic braces can also straighten teeth discreetly. The brackets of these braces is made of tooth-colored ceramic. Thus, when compared to traditional metal braces, they are difficult to see when worn.
You can expect to pay $4,000 to $8,000 for a full set of ceramic braces.
If you have misaligned teeth, contact a dentist or orthodontist in your area. He or she can help you determine the best option for straightening your teeth.