What are Alternatives to Getting Braces?

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There is more than one way to deal with teeth that are less than perfect. Braces is often the solution of choice, but they are not right for everyone. Before you decide braces are the only option, talk with your dentist about these other approaches. One of them is bound to be just what you need.

Doing Nothing

Experts in dentistry do recognize that a patient can choose to do nothing about crooked teeth. While it’s an option, most professionals will discourage going this route. That’s because crooked teeth can increase the potential for other dental issues as the years pass. Some teeth may be worn down faster while others may be more likely to sustain cracking or chipping. Before you decide that living with crooked teeth is okay, go over some of the risks with your dentist. That should be enough to motivate you to consider another alternative.

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Clear Aligners

Your Markham dentist is likely to recommend aligners as a way to gradually straighten your teeth. Unlike metal or ceramic braces that remain in place all the time, clear aligners can be removed for cleaning. They work by incrementally moving your teeth into the proper alignment. Once an aligner has achieved as much improvement as possible, you begin wearing the next one in the set. By the time you get to the last one, your teeth are looking much better.

Since the aligners are clear, they are much less noticeable than braces. This is particularly important for people who hate the idea of seeing a mouth full of metal every time they smile or detest the idea of attempting to brush around braces after meals.

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There is a device known as a tooth bracket. It fits directly on an individual tooth and helps to adjust the alignment. Even if you have several teeth that need straightening, they are less noticeable than traditional braces. You will also find it easier to brush around these corrective devices.

Veneers and Dental Bonding

Veneers and dental bonding may be appropriate in your case. The process involves grinding the surface of the teeth and then attaching the veneer. It may be topped with a crown to help correct the shape of the tooth. This works well when there is not a lot of straightening to do.

Dental bonding can be used to fill in gaps between teeth as well as reshape the tooth itself. Once the bonding sets, the dentist can contour or sculpt the material until the scale and shape is perfect.

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Implants may also be right for your situation. This involves removing teeth that are severely crooked and replacing them with the implants. Each dental implant in Markham fits directly into the socket recently vacated by the tooth. The difference is the implant is positioned to a more natural angle. Once that’s done, a cap is prepare for the top of the implant. Since the cap looks like a real tooth, no one will know the difference.

There are alternatives to braces you can consider. Discuss the merits of each one with your dentist. It won’t take long to find the solution that’s right for you.

Andrea Galick

Andrea Galick is an accomplished Dental Hygienist (RDH) with a passion for helping patients achieve optimal oral health. Andrea has built a reputation as a caring and skilled practitioner who puts her patients at ease and provides individualized care that meets their unique needs.

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