We are taught early on that if we want to make a good impression, then we have to be extremely aware of our appearance, from the way we dress, to the way we style our hair to the way our smile looks. If you are self-conscious about your smile, don’t fret – there are several options open to you in order to fix it. Everyone should feel comfortable enough to smile at others and laugh, and an orthodontist will be able to help you with that. An orthodontist is an expert in tooth misalignment, jaw misalignment and smile correction. They are the ones you go to when you have a problem with the way your smile looks, or when a dentist is seriously suggesting that you need to fix the way your teeth are set up for the sake of your health.
When you visit with an orthodontist, it’s a good idea to take a look at their portfolio of previous patients to see what they are capable of doing. It should be a procedure of assurance for you, because you will definitely some pretty poor cases of tooth misalignment and they have gotten straighter teeth. You see, everyone that goes to the orthodontist will hear good news! There’s so much technology involved in the field of orthodontic care that it is possible to help everyone out.
The orthodontist may very well analyze your mouth and start you off with a retainer to see how it would treat you. It’s an effective method of treatment for the right person. It’s a wire that is custom-fitted to your mouth and it is used to hold the teeth in place. For the right person, it can produce nice results. If a retainer is not really working for you (it’s normally given to people with mild misalignment), then the orthodontist will recommend for you to wear braces. If you are an adult, this is not a bad thing – you have several options that you can choose from and it won’t affect your work.
First off, there are the traditional steel braces. Metal braces are very obvious on anyone who has worn them. They stick out like a sore thumb. The metal contrasts very strongly to the teeth, and the metal can reflect light, which catches a lot of attention. You normally see this types of braces on children and teenagers. They are waning in popularity though even among the younger generation because of the more discreet options that are available. They are easy for the orthodontist to put on, and because of this, this is the cheapest option available for treatment. It’s also very effective and it adapts to all sorts of people with all sorts of cases. Steel braces can literally help so many others change the look of their teeth.
For more discreet options that is pleasing to the pocket, there are the clear braces, which function and look very much like steel braces except that the brackets are made of clear material. There are still wires that are connected to the brackets (the brackets are glued to the teeth and the wires are tightened for treatment). It’s not that this option is invisible – far from it. But it just doesn’t grab the attention as much like steel braces do. This is a better option for teens who have a lot of anxiety about the idea of wearing braces, but it’s not as helpful to adults who work in the professional or corporate realm and really need to upkeep proper appearances.
Then you have the lingual braces (also called hidden braces). These are considered to be hidden because of their unique design. They function also on a bracket and wire system, except that they are glued behind the teeth instead of at the front. The genius that designed these wanted to make sure it was a very discreet option, and it is – no one will be able to tell that you are undergoing treatment unless you point it out to them. These are a lot more uncomfortable than regular braces, and so you will have to deal with more than you may want to as the orthodontist takes great care in applying them and tightening the wires. But it may be well worth the effort if you want to keep up appearances. It’s also slightly cheaper than the last option.
That last option is Invisalign – or invisible braces. These are computer designed, clear plastic aligners that wear like a mouth guard and push the teeth into alignment. These are so much more comfortable to wear and they look invisible! Except that this is a costly method among the rest, so it’s something that you will have to consider.