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 5

Clear braces

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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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Braces vs. Aligners

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Braces as well as aligners can straighten overcrowded teeth. One thing to keep in mind is the severity of overcrowding along with possibly needing extractions, bite correction, etc. The ideal thing to do, is to see your local orthodontist for a complete and thorough consultation to properly diagnose you.

I hope this helps,

Dr. Karin Grinbaum

Karin Grinbaum, DDS
New York Orthodontist


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From your photos, it does appear that Invisalign would be a great option for you. Invisalign progressively moves the teeth little by little over time. I think you would see the canine teeth come down faster with braces, but ultimately you will get the same end result.

You should definitely get a consult from an Orthodontics specialist to determine what treatment options are best for you. I think you will be extremely happy with the outcome!

Good luck!

Dr. Pam  

Pamela Steiger, DMD
Boca Raton Orthodontist
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Clear Braces or Clear Aligners Will Straighten Crooked, Crowded Teeth

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From what I can see in your photos, you look like an excellent candidate for either clear braces or clear aligners. The best advice is to find a dentist or orthodontist who is experienced at doing these kinds of cases.  He or she should be able to show you cases similar to yours with excellent results. Ask for before and after photos of cases like yours.

Let's Talk Teeth

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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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