Orthodontists exist to provide treatments for their patients with the intention of perfecting their smiles by properly aligning their teeth using a variety of methods and techniques. As time progresses and we understand more about how important confidence and self-esteem are for people to grow into productive and happy adults, it has become clear that orthodontics often play an important role during this process. It is all about people having fewer reasons rather than more to be insecure and one feeling badly about their smile can have a negative impact on their lives in terms of them not being able to effectively behave in an outgoing and social manner. With that being said, there are many things that we are not in control of when it comes to our physical appearance however our teeth are not one of those things and it is in just about everyone’s best interest to take whatever action may be necessary to get them to a point where they feel good about their smiles if nothing else.
The most ideal time to have something done about one’s smile is during their adolescence when their permanent teeth are coming in and their smiles are just beginning to take shape. In some cases, the need for braces can be completely avoided with the proper use of spacers and retainers but that is only possible if a kid’s parents are extremely proactive about the matter. Sometimes there is nothing that can be done to avoid the obvious need for braces so in these situations one can only hope that their parents are in a financial position to provide them on their behalf since they are not in financial control of their own lives during their childhood. Traditional braces are typically applied using metal brackets attached to the front of the teeth with wires strewn between them. When a family dentist sees the need for their patient to see an orthodontist they often refer them to one they know and the work usually begins shortly thereafter. After braces are applied to the patient’s teeth they return to the orthodontist frequently for adjustments where the wires attached to the teeth are tightened to bring them into line. This can be a painful process but the pain is only temporary and often subsides after just a couple of days after adjustments.
The cornerstone of anyone’s health begins with their mouths and believe it or not, having straight teeth does not just serve an aesthetic purpose. Correcting misaligned jaw issues due to a severe over or under bite can help you avoid problems resulting from grinding your teeth in your sleep. Also, the number one cause of tension headaches are misaligned jaw lines and both of these potential issues can be avoided by one having braces. So, you can kill at least three birds with one stone while taking a proactive or reactive teeth correcting approach depending on the time of your life when it occurs or becomes clear that it is necessary but most adults don’t feel very good about the idea of having shiny braces in their mouths and that is totally understandable. It may help to know that there are braces made out of ceramic and plastic brackets that make them more discreet but they are less durable and can result in more frequent trips to the orthodontist for repairs. If you want to correct your teeth without anyone being able to notice though, you could be in luck.
An impressive orthodontic advent often referred to as invisalign braces have become an extremely popular option for those who are a good candidate for it. Invisalign uses state-of-the-art technology to create thin plastic aligners that mold and fit snugly to your teeth but are hard and stiff enough to gently move your teeth into line. This is possible because a special instrument that is inserted into your mouth at the beginning of the process gathers information about your teeth so it can render digital images of them using computer software. Then, a 3-D printer is used to produce the images that each include small adjustments made to them that move your teeth little by little into alignment. This method is great because it is virtually undetectable and is often capable of producing the same results as braces depending on the patient’s individual circumstances. Only an orthodontist will be able to tell you if this method will work well for you by being able to provide you with a great smile be the time you wear all of your custom aligners, so there is really no better time than now to check out what your options are.