Whether you have sought his help out on your own accord or your dentist has strongly recommended that you see one, the orthodontist will have several options for you to choose from in terms of treatment. They are the specialist that you see when you are in need for smile correction. There are pretty common choices among braces to wear, and it’s likely that one of them will work out for the best for you. These choices range from traditional and ceramic braces to lingual and invisible braces.
There is of course a slightest possibility that you will not need braces. If you have a more mild case of tooth misalignment, then your orthodontist will probably say that you should use retainers or spacers instead. These are very common, and you probably know many people who have used these when they were kids. They are effective in what they do, and they are also pretty discreet (especially in comparison to traditional braces). You can easily put them on and take them off. If they are not enough to correct your smile, your orthodontist will then begin to talk to you about other options that are available and will work better for you.
The first two options work in the same way. It’s a bracket and wire system at their core. There are brackets that are glued to the front of your teeth and there are wires that connect them across the mouth. The orthodontist, with gentle care, tightens the wires in order to progress through treatment, and your teeth get aligned through the pull of the wires until you are finished with treatment. It is a very effective means of treatment. The first type of braces that utilizes this method are the traditional, metal braces. These are not the choice that you may want to use because of the way they look, especially if you need to keep up professional appearances for the office or for clients, these are not the braces for you, as they are garish and grab attention from far away even. There’s a reason these are seen on tweens and not on other adults.
Ceramic braces work the exact same way except the brackets are made of a ceramic alloy in replacement. They are certainly noticeable by peers and friends, but they are nowhere near as attention-grabbing. It might be that clients may not particularly care about your treatment (maybe some will when you smile at them). The ceramic acts as a means to blend in with the rest of your teeth, so it makes it less noticeable. If it’s imperative that you maintain as much discretion as possible for your work or business, then there are still two more options that you can consider for yourself.
Lingual braces (sometimes called hidden braces) are the most discreet option available. They work just the same as the other braces except that they are glued to the back of the teeth instead of the front. This makes it so difficult for your peers to see them, so they may well be worth the trouble of having them glued in the first place. Your orthodontist will need to be much more careful when putting these on and tightening the wires, as these are sometimes painful to wear. You will also have to eligible to wear them, as this is not an adaptable method for everyone to put on. But considering how discreet this option is, it’s something to consider if you can tolerate it.
You can also think about wearing Invisalign (also called invisible braces). These are plastic aligners that are 100% clear and wear like mouth guards, so they are very comfortable, and it’s difficult for others to notice them. You will have to change them out for newer updated versions that a computer program has created – it’s the new way to tighten those wires through the use of technology. This method of treatment may end up costing you a lot more than the other treatment methods, so think about your budget first and foremost before making a commitment.
It’s important to choose the right orthodontist for the job. Poor orthodontic treatment can stay with patient for years through ramifications, so it’s not a decision that you will want to be making lightly. If you think about it, some treatments can actually last you for about two years, which means basically that you will be stuck with the orthodontist for those two years, and if something isn’t working right, you will have to spend the time again to find a new to fix what the previous one did – a costly consequence for sure.