We already know that oral hygiene is extremely important. Everyone should be taken care of their teeth with brushing, flossing, and regular visit to the dentist. Your dentist is the one who will be able to help ensure you’re keeping your teeth clean, and that there are no cavities present in the mouth. They’ll also be on the lookout for tooth decay and other common issues. There is one area however where dentists may not be able to help. If you need smile correction treatment like braces, an orthodontist is the person you’ll have to talk to. Not only does a perfectly straight smile instill confidence, but it can help alleviate health concerns associated with overcrowded and misaligned teeth. If you’re concerned about your smile but think braces might not be the right solution for you, you’re in luck. Orthodontists today have a quite a few tools in their arsenal when it comes to smile correction.
There aren’t too many cases of crooked, misaligned, or overcrowded teeth that can’t be fixed by a skilled orthodontist. Even if your teeth are in terrible shape with how crooked and out of place they are, you should consider consulting with an orthodontist. When orthodontic treatments are combined with things like crowns or dental implants, there is almost no issue that can’t be solved. It’s imperative that you get your oral hygiene in order before you seek the help of an orthodontist, as treatment methods often require special care. So other than braces what types of treatments do orthodontists commonly offer? Some of the more discreet options they provide include clear braces, lingual braces, and Invisalign. Let’s take a closer look at each of them now, starting with traditional braces.
The most common type of smile correction treatment is obviously traditional metal braces. They’ve been around for more than 100 years and are still perhaps the most effective form of treatment we have. You’re probably aware of how they work even if you never had them, since you likely went to school with other who did. Corrective teeth braces for children are quite common, but adults often want a different solution. Though effective, it’s painfully obvious when someone is wearing regular metal braces. There are different reasons why someone might want to avoid having braces in their mouths. Perhaps appearances are important to their profession or maybe they are just a little self-conscious, either is fine. This isn’t the only drawback to traditional braces either. Certain foods must be avoided and special care must be taken while cleaning teeth when you’re wearing braces. Our next solution doesn’t take care of all of these concerns, but it’s definitely more discreet.
Clear braces have been around for quite some time now, and are a great option for those looking to keep things a bit more low-key. In function and effectiveness clear braces are exactly the same as their steel counterparts. Most cases will be easily addressed by clear braces, and they are much more difficult for people to notice. Wearers will have more confidence, but you should know that they are not 100% invisible. People who are looking closely will still be able to notice your braces, so if that’s a concern, you may want to consider other treatments. They also face the same limitations as traditional braces in that certain foods must be avoided and cleaning takes extra care. Still, there are great option for those who are looking for discretion.
The next type of braces we will discuss are a little less common. Lingual braces are completely hidden from view, but they’re quite complex. In some cases they may even be difficult for an orthodontist to install. Because of the their hidden nature, they are great adult braces for smile correction. So how do lingual braces work anyway? Like traditional braces, brackets and wires are used to pull teeth into position. However, lingual braces are affixed to the back of the teeth instead of the front. This makes them virtually unnoticeable to observers. They’ll still require the extra care when it comes to cleaning since you’ll still have brackets attached to your teeth, but they’re fantastic for discretion. Be prepared to pay more for lingual braces as well. They cost more because the procedure is more complex and time consuming. Lingual braces aren’t the only option for 100% discreet treatment however.
Invisalign is another excellent options for those looking to straighten their smiles without anyone else noticing. Invisalign is a treatment system that is sometimes referred to as ‘invisible braces.’ This is because the clear plastic aligners snap directly over the teeth and are hard for anyone who isn’t the wearer to notice. If you’ve got them on you may even forget once you get used to them! Another huge advantage to these devices is that they can be removed for cleaning and eating. You’ll never have to worry about avoiding certain foods or getting something stuck in your braces. They won’t work in extreme cases however, as the devices gently push teeth into position, rather than using the strong tension of traditional braces. Still it’s worth asking your orthodontist if Invisalign is a viable solutions.
If you’ve been avoiding smile correction treatment because you’re afraid of having a mouth full of shiny, obvious steel, you should know there are other options. Find an orthodontist in your area and start taking steps to correct your crooked smile.