When we become adults, many of us feel that the braces stage has passed or we may feel uncomfortable wearing metal braces. Actually adults make up half of orthodontic patients and about one million American adults are wearing braces. But that doesn’t mean that braces are right for you. Braces still take a long time to get your teeth perfectly straight and the wires, although much improved from past years, are still quite visible. If you are looking for an alternative option, here are 3 ways to get straight teeth without having to get metal braces.
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If you’re looking for a quick fix to crooked teeth, you can have customized porcelain veneers placed on your teeth. Veneers are a thin shell that are bonded to your teeth with a cement-like paste. Your cosmetic dentist, like Dr. Patrick Broome at the Charlotte Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, will cut away some of your enamel to make room for the veneers. Then a mold will be made of your teeth. At your following appointment, your dentist will paste on your veneers which make your teeth brighter, straighter, and stronger. The porcelain color will match the rest of your teeth and are also stain resistant. They can last between 10 and 20 years.
InvisAlign is a modern approach to metal braces. They are custom made clear aligners that are worn 20-22 hours a day and replaced every two weeks with a new aligner until the treatment is complete. Each aligner is a little bit straighter than the one before. With InvisAlign you can still brush and floss your teeth as normal while discreetly straightening your smile.
If you are looking for a less expensive and quick way to fix your smile, Snap-On Smile could be a good option for you. Snap-On Smile is a removable arch that you can eat and drink with. It looks like natural teeth and can even be made permanent if you desire. You just snap it on your teeth for an instant Hollywood smile.
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