Do clear aligners help straighten overcrowded teeth, just as well as traditional braces would? (photo)

Would clear aligners help straighten my teeth, which are tragically overcrowded? My canines (3rd teeth) are severely pushed upwards, while my lateral incisors (2nd teeth) were pushed backwards, by my canine & front teeth. My lower teeth aren't too overcrowded, but a few haven't grown straight, to their full potential due to my teeth being overcrowded. I was trying to avoid getting braces my entire life. Would getting clear aligners work just as effectively to achieve my desired, straight teeth?

Doctor Answers 2

Clear braces

Definiltely yes. Clear braces have the same function as metallic ones. The only difference is that these ones are clear. Braces are the best option for overcowd teeth and you will get really good results y a short time. 

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Let's Talk Teeth

Dear Rachel E.,

Thank you for posting your question on RealSelf.  I will do my best to provide an answer with the information provided.  

First, I want to clarify that there are clear braces (look like metal braces but are ceramic and match the color of your teeth) and clear aligners (example: invisalign).  Many people confuse the two.  Regardless of the method that you choose, both options treat most cases as well as metal braces.

I recommend scheduling a consult with an orthodontic specialist.  He or she will gather the necessary information to address your concerns and provide you with treatment options.

I hope that this helps and best of luck.

Dr. Jenn

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