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Options for Braces If You Have Metal Allergies

Posted on 6/15/2024 by Raleigh Family Orthodontics
Close up of a bearded Black man putting clear aligners on his teethIf you have an allergy to metals, it may be difficult to find safe choices for braces. Common allergens such as nickel are used in constructing braces. However, all hope is not lost if you are allergic to metals. There are still many options that prove to be safe and effective.

Plastic Braces

A safe and trouble-free option are plastic braces which are an ideal choice for people with metal allergies. Plastic braces such as Invisalign or similar plastic aligners can help straighten your teeth. Invisalign aligners are made from thin, clear plastic and can even be more comfortable than metal braces.

They fit your mouth like a mouthguard but tend to be smaller and almost invisible, therefore, they are quite different from traditional metal braces. However, Invisalign can be limited from resolving certain bite problems that braces can correct. That being said, they are a great hypoallergenic option.

Ceramic Braces

Another popular choice for patients who have metal allergies is ceramic braces. They do not contain any metal, therefore, you should not expect to have reactions from them. Also, they are much less visible compared to metal braces and they can treat various conditions that plastic aligners are unable to.

Consultation for Braces

During a consultation appointment, an orthodontist assesses the bite problems that need treatment as well as other issues like metal allergies. This is the time you need to talk to the orthodontist about your allergy problem. The dentist will let you know what options are available to cater to your specific needs. With non-allergic brace options, you are able to get the results you desire. There are even metal braces made of stainless steel, gold-plated stainless steel, or titanium, and they can also be an option for you. Visit our orthodontic office to find out what braces options we have to fit your specific needs. Contact us to schedule your next appointment.

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