Alternatives to Metal Braces

Alternatives to Metal Braces
Posted on 03/20/2017

We at Wiregrass Orthodontic Specialists understand that metal braces aren’t for everyone. That’s fine; there’s no single thing on the planet that’s perfect for everybody. That’s also why we strive to provide a comprehensive selection of orthodontic treatments for all of our patients in and around Ozark, Enterprise, Dothan, and Eufaula, AL. If you’re interested in undergoing orthodontic treatment, but you’re not quite sold on metal braces, we’d like to recommend these alternatives.

Clear Braces

If you don’t mind the actual orthodontic treatment of metal braces, but you’re not quite sure about how you’ll feel about being seen with braces, clear braces are a perfect alternative. Clear braces work in the same way as metal braces, only the brackets are made of a ceramic material that blends into your natural tooth color. This will allow for a more discreet orthodontic treatment than you’ll get with metal braces.


Invisalign is the alternative to braces. It uses plastic aligners to shift teeth instead of the metal wires and brackets of braces. Invisalign is quickly becoming incredibly popular due to the following benefits:

  • Invisalign’s aligners are clear and offer a virtually discreet treatment. Others won’t even be able to tell that you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment.
  • The aligners are made of polyurethane plastic, granting a more comfortable treatment than when you have a mouth that’s full of metal.
  • The aligners are also removable, meaning that you don’t have to worry about breaking them when you eat. With braces, you had to avoid certain foods (namely hard and sticky foods), but with Invisalign, you can eat whatever you want.
  • Because they’re removable, cleaning your teeth remains just as simple as ever.
  • Invisalign requires fewer visits to the orthodontist to make sure that things are going as planned.

Invisalign Teen

While Invisalign is only recommended for adults, teenagers do have an alternative – Invisalign Teen. The problem with younger patients wearing Invisalign was that if their molars hadn’t already erupted, there was no room for them to grow in the aligners. With Invisalign Teen, that problem is fixed. Invisalign Teen comes with eruption tabs that will hold space for molars that have yet to fully erupt. In addition to that, Invisalign Teen also comes with compliance indicators – little dots near the back of the aligners that will fade if a patient has been properly wearing them.

Contact Your Ozark, Enterprise, Dothan, and Eufaula Orthodontist Today!

If you have any questions about our alternative treatments of clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign, please don’t hesitate to contact us. If you’re interested in a free new patient consultation, we encourage you to give us a call at (334) 792-1000. We look forward to hearing from you and finding you the orthodontic treatment that’s perfect for you!

Wiregrass Orthodontic Specialists

  • Dothan Office - 100 O’Brannon Park Dr., Dothan, AL 36303 Phone: 334-792-1000
  • Enterprise Office - 557 Glover Ave. #1, Enterprise, AL 36330 Phone: 334-347-6777
  • Ozark Office - 317 James St., Ozark, AL 36360 Phone: 334-792-1000

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