Having an allergy to nickel can be tough! Nickel seems to be everywhere! The good news is, if you’re looking for nickel-free braces, there are multiple options to choose from. They each have their own pros and cons, so it can be helpful to learn more about them before making a decision about which one is right for you. Here’s what you should know about the different options.

Nickel-free Metal Braces

Today, most metal braces are nickel-free. Metal braces can be made from stainless steel, titanium or gold-plated stainless steel, and full titanium, offering several different safe options for those with nickel allergies. Metal braces are a great option for many patients because they can treat such a wide variety of conditions and are very efficient. If you’re considering metal braces, talk to your orthodontist to find out which metals each type contains to ensure you find one that is safe for you.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces can be another excellent option for those looking for nickel-free braces. Ceramic braces are made without any metal, so can be a safe choice for those with multiple metal allergies. Another advantage is that they can be less visible than traditional metal braces.

Plastic Braces Alternatives

Plastic is one of the safest and most popular materials used to replace nickel-containing metal products, and braces are no exception. Plastic options are not available in traditional braces, but they are available as braces alternatives and are a popular choice.

Invisalign aligners are one such option. They are made of a thin, clear plastic that is molded to fit over your teeth like a mouth guard. They are not able to treat as many conditions as traditional braces, but they are a great option for many patients. They are also removable which can make it a lot easier to take care of your teeth while undergoing orthodontic treatment than with traditional braces options.

Ask Your Orthodontist

When you talk to your orthodontist, inform them that you have a nickel allergy. They will be able to tell you what nickel-free braces options are available and help you find the one that will best fit your goals and needs, so you won’t have to compromise the quality or efficiency of your treatment to find an option that is safe.

Call our Gilbert, Phoenix or Scottsdale dental offices to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.