My teenager needs braces and our dentist is recommending a local orthodontist. But my daughter has a severe nickel allergy so I am really more interested in Invisalign. The orthodontist didn’t even seem like he considered Invisalign as an option and said he needs ceramic braces. But I don’t want her to have braces. I am not comfortable with any kind of treatment that has metal. Do you think a holistic dentist would be a better fit for our situation?
– Carly in Nevada
A holistic dentist may have a different opinion and viewpoint than an orthodontists. They may have more information regarding possible alternatives to metal as well. There are toxins used in non-metal braces that you may need to be tested for too before moving forward with any teeth straightening treatment. Most of these practices are also mercury-free dentists.
Non-metal alternatives may include expanders and as you mentioned initially, Invisalign may be an option. As long as your daughter’s teeth are fully erupted and her jaw is done growing, Invisalign may work. But if a natural dentist also deems that she isn’t a candidate for Invisalign, don’t push it. The positioning of her teeth may be presenting some complications. A non-extraction orthodontic option may be the best for her situation. These methods make more room for the existing teeth in conjunction with the arch versus removing the “surplus” teeth.
In a nutshell, a holistic or “biological” dentist may be more inclined to make recommendations on how the total mouth works in harmony together, instead of pure aesthetics. You can never go wrong seeking a second opinion, especially with your daughter’s nickel allergy concerns.