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When we think of braces, we often think of bulky, uncomfortable and unsightly metal in our mouths. While traditional braces still use metal brackets, technology has come a long way and now presents us with a wide variety of teeth straightening options that are effective and accommodating to our needs. Here are some of the most effective teeth straightening options to consider if you are looking into getting braces for your child or for yourself as an adult.

Traditional Braces are the most commonly used teeth straightening option with proven results. They work in about 24 months to realign the teeth, prevent over or under bites, and prevent overcrowding of teeth in the mouth. While they are effective, traditional braces present many cons, especially for adults. First, they are very obvious since they are normally made of metal and placed on the front of the tooth. This can make many adults self-conscious. In addition, they must be worn for an extended period of time, anywhere ranging from 1 to 2 years and possible even more depending on the shape of your teeth.

Clear Aligners such as Invisalign have become increasingly popular. They are just as effective as traditional braces in straightening teeth for a beautiful smile. They fit on top of the teeth, similar to a tooth whitening tray and can be removed for meals or brushing teeth. This makes them much more comfortable, and even allows you to maintain ideal oral hygiene since you can brush the teeth as normal. Simply, place the trays back in for the rest of your day and at night to see amazing results. These clear aligners are also ideal for adults because they are clear, so people can hardly even tell you are wearing them. Invisalign is the most commonly known and used brand, but there are other clear aligners out there, so be sure to ask about the pros and cons of different types, styles and brands to make a well informed decision.

Short term braces are similar to traditional braces, but the techniques used cut the time of results down to about 6 months, hence the “short” name. These braces are extremely convenient and are ideal for reduce crooked, overcrowded teeth.

The options don’t stop there, however. There are also further options available that are just as effective such as solutions that hide brackets behind the teeth, lingual braces, tooth colored braces with white wires and brackets and more. Be sure to explore all of your options with your dentist to choose which option is right for you.

There are so many effective options available to patients at the dentist or orthodontist who desire straight, uncrowded, beautiful teeth. You will need to weigh the pros and cons of each to decide what is most important to you such as aesthetics, time, and cost. Under the supervision and direction of a qualified dentist or orthodontist from an office like Premier Dental Group, you will get amazing effective teeth straightening results and a smile that you love.

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