3 Discreet Tooth-Straightening Alternatives To Metal Braces For Adults

Have you always been embarrassed by your crooked teeth? Ready to finally do something about it? Crooked teeth can be a serious issue for many adults. Your teeth can impact your confidence in yourself and make you feel less pleased with your appearance. Perhaps you avoid smiling because you don't want people to see your teeth. Maybe you shy away from large meetings or presentations at work because you don't want that much attention.

Braces are always an option to resolve your crooked teeth issue. However, many adults are reluctant to choose braces because they're so noticeable. You may feel that having metal braces would be more embarrassing than having crooked teeth. Fortunately, there are alternatives available. Below are three alternative options that are often more discreet than metal braces:

Clear Aligners 

These alignment tools fit over your teeth. As the name suggests, they're clear, so they are not easily visible. They may be noticeable at short range, but they won't be noticed by most people. As an added benefit, clear aligners are removable, so you can take them out to brush your teeth or eat.

Clear aligners are most effective for teeth that are mildly crooked. They aren't a great option for those who need extensive work. Also, they have to be refitted regularly to align with your changing teeth. The cost for clear aligners can add up and be significant over time.

Ceramic Braces

These are braces that use ceramic brackets instead of metal. The ceramic is either clear or tooth-colored, making them much less noticeable than their metal alternatives. Also, they are often more comfortable and less abrasive on your gums than metal braces. However, ceramic braces can be more expensive than metal.

Inside Braces

This unique option is also referred to as "lingual braces." Inside braces are, just as the name suggests, braces that go behind your teeth. Since they're behind your teeth, they are essentially impossible to notice. Other than position placement, inside braces are essentially the same as metal braces.

There are some drawbacks to inside braces. They can be difficult to adjust to. In fact, they may affect your speech or your ability to eat. Also, they require frequent service and may be significantly more expensive than other options. However, if being discreet is your top priority, inside braces could be right for you.

Ready to explore your options? Contact local orthodontists services in your area for a consultation. They can help you choose the right option for your needs and your budget.