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Wearing braces is a lot of commitment. You need to have a metal frame that will be always visible when you smile for at least 18 months.
Not a lot of people like that idea and forego braces altogether. However, studies have shown that around 70% of people in the US need it.
Fortunately, there are other types of orthodontic treatment you can have to have a fantastic set of teeth instead of getting braces.
Most of them don’t cost a fortune and are a much better solution than just putting metal on your chompers.
While metal braces are the most common solution, they are not the only solution.
Many other treatments could help straighten your teeth in a short period.
Here are some of them:
Dentists usually recommend retainers after going through traditional metal braces. It helps make small corrections to align teeth.
They are a lot less noticeable than braces and less expensive. If you need a bigger correction, then this option will not be ideal for you.
While wearing a piece of headgear isn’t the most inconspicuous way to go about fixing teeth, you don’t need to wear it all the time.
This headgear is often used to treat extreme overbites though it is now also used for alignment.
One way to use this without it becoming too intrusive is to wear it after school or work. The headgear needs wearing for at least 12 hours a day to be effective.
This form of treatment is becoming one of the most popular in the US.
Invisalign is a clear plastic retainer that helps straighten teeth. One of its advantages is that it is rarely visible and people won’t know you are wearing any.
You wear these aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day, and you only need to remove it when brushing or eating.
In cases of extreme damage or staining, dental veneers are a great option to improve teeth cosmetics.
Also called porcelain veneers, these are permanently attached to the front of a tooth.
They are very durable and stain-resistant. To apply them, your dentists must first remove your tooth’s surface enamel to make space for the veneer.
Discoloration can happen due to many factors, including age and genes. If discoloration is a problem that you’ve been dealing with, teeth whitening can help.
The use of bleaching and gel can change your teeth’s shade into a lighter one in an hour.
An alternative treatment is to use a whitening formula inside a custom bleaching tray while you’re at home. This tray is usually applied over the teeth overnight.
Advancements in dentistry have opened up a lot of possibilities to improve any aspect of the teeth.
Even small teeth are a fixable problem.
One of the most common solutions for small teeth are dental veneers, but there are others such as:
1. Porcelain Crowns: a crown-shaped like a tooth that fits over the top of your tooth. It encapsulates your tooth and makes it look larger. It is also very strong.
2. Gum Reshaping: small tooth problems usually source back to the excessive gum tissue. A procedure can help painlessly remove a small part of gum so that more of the teeth show when you smile.
An injury, tooth decay, or medical condition can lead to loss of teeth. No matter the reason, there are several options for replacement, and each comes with its price:
If you are missing one or more teeth in the same area, then a fixed bridge may be a solution.
As the name denotes, a bridge helps cover the gap caused by a missing tooth using a prosthetic one.
The prosthetic attached to the adjacent teeth and bonded to secure it. It feels and looks like natural teeth.
A bridge can cost anywhere between $3,000 and $5,000, but you can let your insurer cover it for you. One of the biggest challenges for bridges is the cleaning aspect, especially underneath the bridge.
If only a part of your teeth needs replacing, then a removable partial denture is a good solution—the replacement teeth attached to a pink base matching your gum color.
Your dentist will put this base in a place where your teeth, or a clasp, will help it stabilize. Partial dentures can cost anywhere between $1,500 and $3,000.
Aside from looking natural, partial dentures also feel natural in the mouth. They are also one of the least expensive replacement options.
There is an adjustment period, and they will need regular cleaning. You must also remove them before going to bed.
The most expensive treatment out of all three, dental implants, needs surgery. In this surgery, we will mount a metal frame on the upper or lower jaw. This frame will act as a permanent base for the replacement tooth/teeth.
We will then attach the replacement on top of the mount to help it remain in place.
The average cost for a treatment like this is between $3,000 and $6,000.
No matter the method, there are many ways to help with teeth problems. A lot of them are inexpensive and won’t break the bank.
Most of these treatments are also covered by insurance. Having a better smile and a better look is closer than you think.