Alternatives To Metal Braces

Posted on 10/10/2016

When you think of braces, what comes to mind? Chances are, you picture a smiling face with a silvery network of metal over the teeth. These are the familiar brackets and wires of traditional metal braces: the oldest, and still the most popular, treatment in all of orthodontics. But modern orthodontic technology has come a long way, and there are now a variety of alternatives to metal braces available to patients. So if you want to improve your smile but don't want to have the look or hassle of braces, you're in luck!


Clear Ceramic Braces


Clear braces are similar to metal braces in that they rely on the same fundamental mechanism to straighten the teeth: they use brackets cemented to the individual teeth and a thin, springy archwire running through the brackets to apply a gentle, constant force that guides the teeth in a new direction. The difference is that the brackets of clear braces, instead of being made from stainless steel, are made from a clear ceramic composite material. This blends in with the teeth, creating a treatment option that's far more discreet and less noticeable than traditional braces.




But what if you want to avoid brackets and wires altogether? As it turns out, you're in luck. Invisalign is a revolutionary alternative to braces that uses clear, removable trays - called aligners - to straighten the teeth. The aligners fit directly onto the dental arch, are virtually invisible when worn, and are easy to pop in and out while eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. This means that almost no one will know you're straightening your teeth, you can still enjoy all your favorite foods, and maintaining oral hygiene - something critical for treatment - is as easy as ever. They're one of the most convenient orthodontic treatments available, and they've seen a huge growth in popularity over the past few years.


Contact Your Knoxville, TN Orthodontist


While braces are still the most popular treatment we offer, they're no longer the only option. If you'd like learn how orthodontic treatment can improve your life and smile, find out more about the orthodontic treatments we offer, or come in for your initial evaluation, we're always happy to help. Feel free to call us at (865) 687-6560, reach out to us at our contact page, or request an appointment online at either of our Knoxville, TN offices. We can't wait to hear from you, and we hope to see you back at this blog for more information on our office, orthodontics, and keeping your smile healthy and beautiful!