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April 20, 2022  

Best Teeth Straightening Options for Adults

You’re an adult. You have crooked teeth. And you’ve decided to finally do something about it. There are a variety of teeth straightening options available. Each has pros and cons. How do you determine which option is best for you? The complexity of your orthodontic needs is the first thing that should be taken into consideration when evaluating potential treatment modalities. Your doctor can help with that. From there, the option you choose will likely be determined by what you value the most in terms of:

  • Affordability
  • Quality of outcome
  • Convenience of the process
  • Discretion of the appliance
  • Degree of direct doctor oversight

Let’s take a look at the common orthodontic treatment modalities and some reasons why they may – or may not – be the right teeth straightening option for you.

Metal bracesMetal Braces

Comprised of metal brackets and wires, these are what most of us think of when we hear the word “braces.” We’re accustomed to seeing them on adolescents, but most adults aren’t super excited about that look.

Pros Cons
·       They’re effective! That’s why they’ve stuck around for so long

·       They allow for comprehensive orthodontic care to correct most orthodontic conditions including underbite and overbite

·       In-person doctor oversight

·       Require regular doctor visits

·       Are not discreet

·       Expensive (average around $5500)

·       Treatment durations can be 2+ years

·       Hard to clean

 

Ceramic braces (or “invisible” braces)Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces rely on brackets and wires like traditional metal braces, but the brackets are crafted using clear materials making them transparent and perfect for those who want a less noticeable look.

Pros Cons
·       They’re effective! That’s why they’ve stuck around for so long

·       They allow for comprehensive orthodontic care to correct most orthodontic conditions including underbite and overbite

·       More discreet than metal braces

·       In-person doctor oversight

·       Require regular doctor visits

·       Not as discreet as aligners

·       Cost – typically a little more expensive than metal braces

·       Treatment durations can be 2+ years

·       Hard to clean

 

Lingual BracesLingual Braces

Lingual braces have the same components as conventional braces, but they’re fixed to the back of your teeth, on the tongue — or lingual — side of the teeth. Because they’re behind your teeth, they’re nearly invisible.

Pros

Cons

·       Visually discreet

·       In-person doctor oversight

·       Can’t do everything that traditional braces can do

·       Typically causes a lisp

·       Often irritate the tongue

·       Require regular doctor visits

·       Not as discreet as aligners

·       Cost – typically the most expensive orthodontic option

·       Treatment duration can be even longer than traditional braces

·       Hard to clean

 

Clear Aligners (in office)Clear Aligners In Office

With advancements in technology, clear aligners have become the treatment option of choice for many patients and providers alike.

Pros Cons
·       They’re discreet

·       They’re removable and easy to keep clean

·       Can do more things than at-home aligners using     buttons/attachments and IRP

·       In-person doctor oversight

·       Requires office visits

·       The routine. You have to take them out to eat and drink

·       Can’t do all the things that traditional braces can do

·       Cost – usually 2-4x the cost of at-home aligners options

 

Clear Aligners (at home)Clear Aligners At Home

With advancements in technology, clear aligners have become the treatment option of choice for many patients and providers alike.

Pros Cons
·       Affordable (70% less than other options)

·       Discreet

·       Removeable and easy to keep clean

·       No office visits are required

·       Only suitable for mild to moderate cases

·       The routine. You have to take them out to eat and drink

·       No in-person doctor oversight

 

Doctors' office visits during the treatment process can be either a pro or a con depending on your perspective. Our lives are busier than they’ve ever been. Most people don’t have time for regular office visits, or the inclination to pay 2-3x's as much just to have a doctor checking in on their progress in person. However, some people like to have additional peace of mind and are willing to pay extra for it. For most people with mild to moderate alignment needs, at-home clear aligners are a clear winner.

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Is Strayt Right For Me?

Clear aligners are the perfect orthodontic solution for many people. But if your teeth require complex or extreme movements, traditional braces may still be your best option. We can help you determine which path is right for you. There’s no risk when you book a scan appointment because the scan is free! Take the assessment to get started.

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Is Strayt Right For Me?

Clear aligners are the perfect orthodontic solution for many people. But if your teeth require complex or extreme movements, traditional braces may still be your best option. We can help you determine which path is right for you. There’s no risk when you book a scan appointment because the scan is free! Take the assessment to get started.

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