Options to Straighten Teeth:Orthodontics,Braces and Aligners

2011 August 18
by Asha Sood

Straightening your teeth can present with you a whole range of options, choices and decisions.

Below are some of the treatments on offer these days:

  • Clear Aligner Treatment such as Invisalign

This is a popular and fairly new system which involves clear aligners(or trays) being fitted to your teeth which are worn all day and changed over time. They are designed to move your teeth slowly and daily into the required position. The trays are almost invisible which is one of the reasons they are so popular

  • Train tracks or Ceramic Brackets

This is the tradional form of orthodontics used to straighten teeth and can either be the traditional metal braces(or train tracks) or white, ceramic brackets. They are worn on the teeth and gradually tightened and adjusted by your orthodontist to push and move teeth into the desired and final position.The clear or ceramic brackets have the advantage of blending and merging with your teeth and consequently are virtually unnoticeable and invisible.

  • Lingual Orthodontics

In this treatment,braces are fited behind the teeth so nobody even knows you are wearing a ‘brace’.Again, the movement of the teeth relies on the adjustment from the braces to the required place and alignment.These braces can come as standard or can also be made to measure to fit you.

Costs for these treatments vary depending on the sysytem selected and the amount of work involved.Most cosmetic dentists and orthodontists offer interest free payment plans and financing these days which helps spread the cost of payment and allow you to manage the cost of orthodontic treatment.

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