Can I Wear a Retainer Instead of Getting Braces?

While retainers can sometimes help close gaps between teeth or move a single tooth, they’re not always enough to treat orthodontic problems requiring braces. If you need minor treatment, a retainer might just be enough, but this often isn’t the case. Retainers cannot perform complex tooth movement or apply pressure to specific teeth like braces are designed to do.

Looking for Options to Traditional Metal Braces?

For patients who are uncomfortable with the idea of wearing traditional braces, whether for aesthetic or convenience reasons, there are some great modern alternatives that can still get you the orthodontic treatment you need.


One of the most popular alternatives to braces is Invisalign®. Invisalign looks like a retainer, but is in fact a removable teeth aligner, made of clear plastic that renders it nearly invisible on the wearer. Invisalign creates the force necessary to move your teeth through custom molds and tooth attachments.


Another option is Incognito™ – braces that are fixed onto the back of your teeth, requiring fewer wire adjustments, fewer appointments, and minimal discomfort. Treatment time may also be faster compared to traditional braces.

Our Denver Orthodontist is Here to Help

Unless your orthodontic problems are very minor, braces are necessary in order to fully correct misaligned teeth. If you have a misaligned bite, crooked teeth, or other orthodontic problems, you shouldn’t let the inconvenience of braces prevent you from having your teeth properly treated. With all the options on the market today, getting and wearing braces is less of a hassle than ever.

If you live in the Denver or Stapleton areas of Colorado and are interested in braces treatment, please contact Dr. Rudman and the experienced orthodontic team at Advanced Orthodontic Care today to schedule your initial consultation.

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