In our last blog post, we discussed how to determine if you need to see an orthodontist, and Corsi Dental, a top-notch dental clinic in Woodbury, advised that you should always see your family dentist who knows your dental history and whom you trust first before you go to an orthodontist. Below, we’ll list some alternatives to orthodontists so you can have the smile you’ve always wanted. Contact us today for your next teeth cleaning appointment!
ALTERNATIVES TO ORTHODONTISTS
There are many different kinds of plastic trays available that are a great and increasingly popular alternative to orthodontics. Plastic tray alternatives involve most likely your family dentist who will make a custom set of imprints of your teeth. These trays are switched out every few weeks for a different set to mold your teeth how you want it. This type of alternative to orthodontics is very popular for adults.
Corsi Dental, a family dentistry practice in Woodbury, offers ClearConnect, which is our preferred choice for plastic tray teeth realignments. This choice we feel is very comfortable and hardly noticeable by others.
Incognito braces are invisible to everyone since they are only installed on the back of your teeth. This eliminates the unsightly metal of regular braces and is great for those who play wind instruments, such as the flute, or the clarinet.
Retainers are great for those people who only want a slight adjustment. A step down from the plastic trays, retainers usually require less time and less wear time, which is important for everyday life functions. Plus, they are very inexpensive.
Headgear is predominantly worn at night to correct overbites. They put pressure on your upper teeth and jaw in order to get it to align to the proper position. Headgear is a bit more involved than retainers, but since many people wear them at night, it has minimal impact on day-to-day activities.
You can choose to use porcelain veneers instead of any form of teeth straightening method. This involves permanently bonding paper-thin porcelain to your teeth that covers any gaps, chips, discoloration, or other imperfections in your teeth or smile. However, veneers do wear down and will require replacing every five to 10 years. However, the upside to porcelain veneers is you can literally change your smile overnight.
HOW CORSI DENTAL HELPS WITH ALTERNATIVES TO BRACES
Corsi Dental in Woodbury offers ClearConnect as our chosen alternative to braces. While we believe in seeing an orthodontist for teeth realignment, we recognize that not everyone needs such drastic work. When you schedule your dental consultation with us, we’ll go over what your goals are and examine where your teeth are at. We may even take dental X-rays just to see the bone construction. Afterwards, we’ll give you our recommendation, and if we feel you need to see an orthodontist, we’ll be more than happy to refer you. Contact us today for all of your dental checkup (including dental cleanings) and teeth straightening needs!