Advertisement

Do I have to wear braces on the outside of my teeth?

Most traditional braces are worn on the outside of the teeth, but there are alternatives. Braces can be placed on the inside of the teeth although the results may take longer and some people may find this uncomfortable. Another possible alternative is to try a system of clear trays called Invisalign. I suggest you ask your orthodontist about possible alternatives to traditional braces.
There are alternatives to wearing braces on the outside of your teeth. Some people are self-conscious about wearing braces. So orthodontists have invented braces to wear on the inside of the teeth, called "lingual braces," or iBraces. There are also invisible braces that use plastic trays that are custom-fit to your teeth, called Invisalign. These may be more expensive than traditional metal brackets. Talk to your orthodontist about the option best for you.

Continue Learning about Orthodontics

How do I know if my teeth are crooked and my bite misaligned?
RealAgeRealAge
To find out if your teeth are crooked and misaligned, see your dentist. Your dentist will take X-ray...
More Answers
What causes crooked teeth and misaligned bites?
Miriam T. FurlongMiriam T. Furlong
You can inherit traits like a small jaw, big teeth, or missing teeth from your parents that can lead...
More Answers
How can an orthodontist help straighten my teeth?
American Dental AssociationAmerican Dental Association
Orthodontics are used to treat a malocclusion ("bad bite"), to straighten teeth, and to correct ...
More Answers
What are the benefits of braces?
Katherine T. Vo, DDSKatherine T. Vo, DDS
In addition to the obvious cosmetic improvement of your teeth and smile, straighter teeth are easier...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.