Does the very idea of metal braces make you cringe? While traditional metal braces remain the most common method for straightening crooked teeth, they’re not your only option. From at-home teeth straightening to incognito braces, you have a lot of choices for getting a smile to be proud of.
From awkward high school photos to gum in your brackets, metal braces have other drawbacks. Obviously, they’re visible. There’s no way to hide your metal braces. Of course, you could choose to embrace your brace face, but not everyone feels comfortable doing that.
Another drawback of metal braces is the cost. The total price can vary greatly depending on your dental needs, but can range anywhere from $3,000 to $7,000. Once your braces are removed you may experience tooth movement, causing you to need another set of braces.
Luckily for you, there are lots of practical braces alternatives out there. Some are more expensive than metal braces, but that could be worth it for you. Read on to find out how to straighten your teeth without traditional metal braces.
Clear teeth aligners can be an affordable alternative to braces, especially for adults. They can easily fix tooth gaps, crowding, protruding teeth, and even underbites and overbites. Clear aligners are almost invisible, and only have to be removed when you eat or drink. Depending on the company, clear aligners can typically fix teeth alignment in six to 12 months.
A great thing about clear aligners is that brands such as Smilelove, Smile Direct Club, and ClearCorrect tend to be more affordable than metal braces. However, clear aligners may not be a good option if your teeth are severely crooked or misaligned. Be sure to talk to your dentist or orthodontist to see if clear aligners will suffice, or if you need something stronger such as traditional braces.
Ceramic braces are essentially the same as their metal counterparts, but are made with tooth-colored brackets that blend in with your smile. Some ceramic braces are even made with tooth-colored wires, making them much less notable than traditional metal braces.
However, it is still possible to see ceramic braces. They’re a little harder to spot, but they still physically stick out over the teeth. They also require more care than traditional metal braces, since the ceramic can easily stain when exposed to coffee and red wine.
Sometimes called lingual braces or hidden braces, incognito braces are precisely what they sound like—concealed. Applied to the backs of your teeth using brackets and wires, incognito braces perform the same basic functions as regular metal braces, but with much less visual evidence. Incognito braces are individually designed for every patient, and are virtually invisible. They are appropriate for patients of all ages.
However, incognito braces can cost quite a bit more than traditional metal braces or clear aligners. This is because incognito braces are designed specifically for each patient, ensuring the metal brackets fit flush against the backs of teeth. They are also cast in gold as opposed to stainless steel, plastic, or ceramic.
Because of their cost, incognito braces can be a good option for those who want to adjust just a few crooked or overlapping teeth. Incognito braces can also be worn on just the top row of teeth, with traditional metal braces applied to the bottom row of teeth.
If you’d prefer to avoid braces or aligners altogether, porcelain veneers may be a good alternative. To apply veneers, a dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel from the teeth then attach the veneers using light-sensitive resin. Veneers are extremely stain-resistant and durable, providing a significant visual transformation in a very short period of time. They can also be an effective way to replace one or two troublesome teeth.
Because enamel is removed from the teeth, veneers are irreversible. However, they will need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years. Compared to all other alternatives to braces, veneers are the most expensive. Each porcelain veneer tooth could cost between $900 and $2,500. Considering the average adult has about 30 teeth, this could be quite the investment.
If you’re looking for the cheapest way to get braces, at-home teeth straightening might be the best option for you. Smilelove invisible aligners are the best alternative to traditional braces—in price, looks, and convenience.
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You shouldn’t settle for expensive traditional metal braces. With Smilelove, a beautiful smile won’t cost you thousands of dollars—and your friends won’t even know you’re wearing aligners.
Ready to love your smile? Take a few minutes to fill out our online Smile Assessment or call us at 844-311-8990 to see if Smilelove invisible aligners are the right option for you.