If you’re an adult looking to maintain a professional image, traditional braces may not be the best option for treating your malocclusion (improper bite). It is important to note that while you may be looking for ways to straighten teeth without braces home, taking orthodontic care into your own hands without consulting a dentist is not safe or effective. An orthodontist can help you to find the right treatments and devices to safely and efficiently realign your teeth. Some options your orthodontist recommends may include:
- Retainers: There are three basic types of retainers, but perhaps the most well known is the Hawley retainer. This is a customized, removable device made of a combination of acrylic and metal wires. These retainers may be noticeable when you wear them, but are removable to eat or brush your teeth.
- Appliances: These devices are typically used to straighten teeth by correcting jaw imperfections that have contributed to the malocclusion. These appliances tend to be highly conspicuous and take time for results to be seen.
- Invisalign: This option uses clear plastic retainers to straighten teeth invisibly. The custom-made aligners are removable and work quickly and discreetly to straighten your smile.
While retainers and appliances are often effective for straightening teeth, they are still visible when you speak, laugh, or smile, meaning that they are not as discreet as many adults orthodontic patients would like. This is why Invisalign is an excellent option for busy adults who don’t want to advertise to the world that they are in the process of straightening their teeth.
After considering different ways to straighten teeth without braces, you may be ready for the next step towards Invisalign treatment. At Pacific dental group, we are happy to help! You can make an appointment with our professions and consulting your considers.