Luckily, in our day and age, we have more options than just wiring some chunky metal around our teeth and slowly watching the progress. If you’ve already had braces and are just looking to maintain the correct position of your teeth, or if you only need a small amount of correction, a retainer is your ideal route to go. Typically, retainers are removable and inexpensive, although there is the option of a permanent retainer.
Invisalign is one of the best-known alternatives to braces for people of all ages. Your dentist will provide you with a series of clear removable “trays” that fit to your specific mouth. You’ll be required to wear each aligner for at least 20 hours a day for two weeks, after those two weeks you will advance to the next tray in the series. They can be useful if you have a mild case of distorted or protruding teeth to a more serious problem. They also have the ability to help if you have an overbite or underbite.
If you have gaps in your teeth, invisalign is the perfect fit, because they don’t need a lot of force to correct. Make sure if you do decide to go down the Invisalign road that you will be committed to wearing the trays as long as you are instructed to do so. If you skip some of the process your end result will not be as impressive as you hoped it to be.
If your biggest issue with your smile has more to do with stains that just won’t whiten, or you have fractured teeth, veneers are your go-to solution. Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth, while at the same time providing the same durability of your natural tooth. To apply a veneer, a tiny amount of your original tooth enamel must be removed – this creates room for the porcelain veneer to fit within the mouth and give the appearance of a much straighter, whiter smile.