Let’s face it, a mouth full of perfectly straight white teeth gives you confidence and the urge to smile. If you have crooked teeth that make you hesitant to smile,  you might be considering straightening your teeth. Unfortunately, the thought of traditional braces might give you pause. You don’t want to spend a long time with noticeable and uncomfortable metal braces. This makes alternative braces more appealing. At Beyond Exceptional Dentistry in Savannah, we offer three alternatives to traditional braces:

Which is right for you depends on your current smile, cosmetic goals, and situation. Your Savannah cosmetic dentist will talk to you about which option is right for you, but you can get an idea from this introduction. 

Invisalign Clear Braces

So what is Invisalign teeth straightening? Instead of using traditional metal and wire braces, Invisalign uses clear, custom-made medical-grade plastic “aligners” to gradually and sequentially move your teeth into the desired position.

Here’s how it works. At our Savannah dental office, we take 3D images of your teeth, then send the images to Invisalign. Their powerful computer determines the optimal sequence for moving your teeth into the desired straight configuration. It breaks this sequence down into steps and makes an aligner that achieves each step. You wear each aligner for 1-2 weeks, and when you’ve finished all the aligners, your teeth are straight. 

Invisalign aligners are transparent and very difficult to detect when wearing them. The nearly invisible aligners let you straighten your teeth without feeling self-conscious. Even people you speak face to face with are unlikely to notice your aligners. You can tell people about your Invisalign treatment, but they’re unlikely to know if you don’t tell them. 

In addition, Invisalign aligners are removable. Although you should wear them for 20-22 hours a day to achieve the best results, you can take them out for eating and cleaning your teeth. You don’t have to give up any of your favorite foods. No brushing and flossing around brackets and wires. This makes Invisalign convenient and easy. 

It’s not just for kids. Adults are becoming one of the biggest demographics for teeth straightening, and with the relatively painless process with Invisalign, the hassle associated with braces is a thing of the past. These clear, almost unnoticeable braces steadily reposition the teeth to make them straight within six months to a year.

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles is a smart application of traditional braces that helps you get the results you want faster. 

It might take you a year or two to get the results you want with traditional braces. Six Month Smiles uses a similar approach, but it only takes six months. How does that work?

It’s a simple case of working smarter, not harder. With orthodontic treatment, most of the time (and discomfort) comes from moving your large back teeth, the molars. However, most people really care about moving the front teeth, which are smaller and easier to move. Six Month Smiles focuses on moving these teeth, leaving the molars alone. This lets you achieve cosmetic teeth straightening more quickly. In addition, you’ll enjoy:

  • More comfortable treatment
  • Shorter appointments
  • Subtle appearance of braces
  • Predictable results

By not moving your molars, Six Month Smiles causes less discomfort than other orthodontic treatments. 

Six Month Smiles is efficiently designed so that each straightening appointment goes quickly. You’ll spend less time in our Savannah dental office than you would with traditional braces. 

Six Month Smiles is designed to be subtle. It’s a lot less obvious with white wires and clear brackets than traditional braces. 

However, because Six Month Smiles uses the traditional braces technique, the results are predictable and reliable. 

Six Month Smiles is a great option for anyone who just wants to improve the appearance of crooked teeth and doesn’t have functional bite problems. 

Instant Orthodontics

Instant orthodontics is different from other orthodontics approaches. Instead of moving your teeth, instant orthodontics reshapes your teeth with porcelain veneers and/or dental crowns. Although your tooth roots will stay in place, your reshaped teeth will be straight. 

We call it instant orthodontics because the results are really fast. Instead of years or months to get results, you can achieve your straight smile in just weeks. 

In addition to straightening your teeth, you can achieve more cosmetic changes to your smile. You can:

  • Brighten teeth
  • Repair chips and cracks
  • Reshape small or unusual teeth like peg laterals
  • Lengthen teeth

All of which can help ensure you are happy with your smile after straightening your teeth. It’s unfortunately true that sometimes people straighten their teeth and then realize that it wasn’t just crookedness that made them unhappy with their smile. Instant orthodontics lets you address all your cosmetic concerns at once. 

However, instant orthodontics isn’t always the best approach to straightening your teeth. A consultation with a Savannah cosmetic dentist can help you understand when this might be right for you. 

Find the Best Way to Straighten Teeth in Savannah

Let the Savannah cosmetic dentists at Beyond Exceptional Dentistry help if crooked teeth make you unhappy with your smile. We can evaluate your teeth and let you know which of these approaches will help you achieve the results you’re looking for. Then you can choose which one seems best to you. 

Please call (912) 234-8282 or use our online form today to request an appointment at Beyond Exceptional Dentistry in the Victorian District of Savannah, GA.