If you are self-conscious about your smile because your teeth are less than straight, then it may be time to look into teeth alignment options. Depending on what you do for a living and how much money you have in your budget, there may be one option that will be better for you than another. But what options are there? This article will take a closer look at two main options: braces and Invisalign. Read on to learn more about these options. 


Traditional metal braces may not be the best-looking things in the world, but they are great at straightening teeth and fixing alignment issues. Braces work by using pressure to help straighten your teeth and push them into the position they are supposed to be in. If you are worried about the look of metal braces, you can talk to your dentist about clear metal braces. Instead of using traditional silver metal wires and brackets, these clear braces use clear brackets instead; that way, it makes it a lot harder for people to see the braces. 


If you work a lot with clients or customers, you will want to make sure you look as put together and professional as possible, and metal braces may not do the trick. Instead, there is another option called Invisalign. Invisalign uses sets of clear aligners to push your teeth into a straighter position. Every two weeks you will switch out your trays for other ones, and each set will slowly push your teeth into a better position. One of the best things about Invisalign is that you can take them out when you are eating and that you can also take them out to brush your teeth--this is great because nothing will get stuck in between your teeth. 

During your initial consultation with your cosmetic dentist or your orthodontist, they will go over both of these options with you. Additionally, they will usually take a brief look at the inside of your mouth and take some X-ray images to see which option will be the best for you. Then, from there, you can contact your dental insurance and see if they will cover any of it. Typically, because straight teeth are cosmetic, they won't cover it, but your dentist office should have some payment plans that they can use to help you small payments each and every month. Learn more from your local dentist or orthodontist.