If you had braces a long time ago and have not had any children that needed orthodontic care, you may have no clue about all of the changes that have occurred in the orthodontics industry in the last several decades. If you did not have braces but could have used them and decided at some point in your adult life that you would rather live the rest of your life with a smile that you are not comfortable with because the only alternative as you know it is braces, then you may be in luck. Adults every single day are benefiting from new orthodontic technology to bring their smiles into alignment in a way that is more difficult to detect than braces, and sometimes it is completely invisible. How is that possible? Good question.
First of all, if your specific orthodontic situation requires braces in order to get the results that you want, there are alternative materials that can be used to have them applied with that are not as conspicuous as traditional stainless steel. With braces, orthodontists use dental adhesive to glue brackets onto the front surface of patients teeth and they attach metal wires between them that they tighten where needed in order to push and pull teeth into alignment over the course of the treatment. The brackets that are attached to your teeth can be made out of transparent plastic or ceramic instead of stainless steel, thus they can blend into the natural color of your teeth quite nicely so they are not as noticeable as they would be otherwise. This is enough to make some adults more open to getting braces, but not everyone is that easily convinced.
If you feel like the way you feel about your smile is holding you back in life and you are not able to accomplish the things you want to because you lack confidence as a result, you should really consider your options. It is possible that you may not have to wear braces of any kind in order to straighten your teeth and just about any orthodontist in your area would be happy to talk to you about Invisalign. Invisalign is a smile-correction method that combines some important technological advances in digital computer imaging and 3-D printing in order to create clear plastic ‘aligners’ that fit around every surface of your teeth. Usually, 8-12 custom-designed aligners are required to gradually shift teeth into alignment over the course of a 16-36 month treatment period.
Invisalign is not for everyone though, and an orthodontist will let you know why you are not a good candidate for it if that is the case. There are many different kinds of malocclusions that people have and can combine together in a way that some form of braces is the only way to properly deal with them. Malocclusions are when one’s teeth or jaw do not come together in an aligned fashion and produce a potentially problematic scenario that could cause health concerns later in one’s life. TMJ, tensions headaches, uneven wear of teeth and gum and dental disease are all issues that can most likely be avoided if one receives the proper orthodontic care when they need it. Anyone can develop dental and gum disease if they do not take care of their teeth and gums, but both are much more likely when someone has crooked or crowded teeth that have not been corrected.
There is a braces application method that only some orthodontists are trained to perform, but it is much more discreet than ceramic or clear braces. Lingual braces are applied like normal braces are but the brackets and wiring are installed on the back surface of a patient’s teeth, so they are completely hidden from view. Like Invisalign though, not everyone can get satisfactory results by using this method so it is not always going to be a viable option. There are different costs and concerns associated with every teeth straightening procedure that should be understood when finances are a concern, because orthodontic treatment is not exactly cheap. The benefits that one will experience as a result of obtaining a smile that they can be confident about though, are priceless.
People who go from being insecure about their teeth to confident about them often experience a windfall of confidence that changes their entire demeanor and produces some very positive changes in their lives. Talking to an orthodontist about your options is not a difficult thing to do, so if your teeth are a concern, then do not waste any more time and just schedule an appointment so you can find out what can be done.