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Are you looking for ways to improve your smile that don’t involve ugly and uncomfortable metallic braces? Well, there’s good news for you.

You see, the dental industry has evolved over the years, and as such, braces have ceased to be the only option for teeth straightening. Whether you need something with a better aesthetic appeal or you’d like to explore your options, you have a wide range of alternatives to choose from. What’s more? These alternatives are effective and exciting and will straighten your teeth just the way you’ve always wanted.

But before we explore these options, let’s consider the conventional braces so we can understand the uniqueness of these alternatives.

The conventional metal braces

Metal braces have been around for quite some time, and of course, for a good reason. Metal braces are strong and align your teeth such that you can get your desired smile.

However, as beneficial as they seem to be, metal braces have some limitations, especially as regards their aesthetics. Metal braces are made from metal wires and brackets, as a result, they’re not subtle. They are very visible, and therefore discourage a lot of people from using them.

So, considering their unaesthetic nature, it is not surprising that there are many alternatives to metal braces.

When you shouldn’t use braces

There are many reasons why you may consider alternatives for braces. These include:

  • Affordability 
  • The duration of treatment
  • Minimal alignment problems
  • Comfortability 
  • Visibility

Do any of these apply to you? If yes, then you’ve got plenty of other options that can help you achieve your desired smile. So, what are those alternatives to metal braces? Let’s see.

Alternatives to braces

When considering the alternatives to braces, you have many options to choose from, ranging from ceramic to lingual braces. Let’s examine these alternatives in detail.


Retainers are removable. They help to position your teeth correctly after treatment. A typical retainer can fit over your mouth’s arch. They are inexpensive and can be worn with ease, compared to braces. But they have a few cons. Here’s why they’re not really recommended:

  • First, fixing a retainer is a long procedure, and usually uncomfortable. In many cases, bonding a retainer to your teeth may take up to an hour. But you don’t have to go through all the stress with a clear aligner. All you have to do is get a quick impression that we can use to fashion one that fits your mouth.
  • It requires extra effort to brush and floss around a retainer, and if you don’t clean properly, then you may increase your risk of cavities and gum disease.
  • There’s nothing comfortable about having a metal object in your mouth all day. Your tongue can rub against the wire, and if the wire breaks or the bond comes off, then your tongue may get scratched or irritated.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces are fixed braces made from metals. They are placed behind the teeth. Lingual braces are invisible because of where they are positioned. Frankly, no one will have an idea that you’ve undergone treatment unless you tell them.

But they have some cons also:

  • They are more expensive in comparison to braces.
  • They usually give a temporary lisp
  • They are usually uncomfortable.

Clear aligners

Clear aligners are mostly used by adults. When using clear aligners in Australia, you will be given a series of aligners called “trays”. These trays fit right on your teeth. You must wear these aligners for 20 hours daily. After wearing them for two weeks, you’ll take them off and wear the next set of trays. Each set of aligners adjusts your teeth a little more until you achieve the perfect position. Patients with gap teeth are very eligible for clear aligners because their correction doesn’t need much force.     

The best alternative

After considering the many braces alternatives for adults, it is clear that there are many cheaper alternatives to braces. So, there are many options that you can choose from to achieve your desired smile. 

As a clear aligner provider, Beam provides you with custom-built clear aligners in Australia. The aligner is made of plastic material. You will need to wear Beam Clear aligners for at least 22 hours.

What makes Beam a clear aligner of choice are its:

  • Cheap price
  • Comfort in your mouth
  • 100% privacy thanks to its very clear and near invisible nature
  • Quicker treatment time

Beam Clear aligners must be changed periodically. The frequency at which you will change the aligner, as well as the number of aligners you’ll need, depends on how severe your condition is, as well as the type of treatment.

It is easy and simple to get started with the Beam home teeth straightening kit. First, you order the kit to take your dental impression at home. Beam offers an impression kit for just $49.00. Once you order your impression kit, it is immediately shipped to you, and you can take your impressions at home! The beam will then use your impressions to design an entirely personalized treatment plan to straighten your teeth. Our plans are approved by licensed dentists.

After getting your approved treatment plan, your aligners will be sent to you. All you have to do is wear them and move on with your life. At Beam, we work hard to ensure that our costs are low and very affordable. You also have access to flexible financing options to make your treatment pocket-friendly. BEAM prices are very low compared to what is offered by other companies. Beam believes in high standards and competency. This explains why we are available to respond to your inquiries 24/7. You can email us at hello@trybeam.com.au or send us a message via WhatsApp on +61421577409.

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