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other than braces
what is an alternative to invisalign
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There really isn't one.  If you're worried about aesthetics then you could look at ceramic (tooth colored) brackets with conventional orthodontic fixed appliances or if you are a dedicated masochist use palatal or lingual brackets (sticking the brace on the tongue side of the teeth).  I wouldn't recommend the latter as it's both uncomfortable to eat and speak!
Invisalign uses a series of clear acrylic splints to progressivly shift the position of the teeth but because the forces delivered are spread by the splint the end result is not as good as the conventional system which applies specific forces to each tooth. Invisalign is also designed so that the orthodontic movement of teeth can be carried out simply by dentists with less orthodontic training.
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