Those who go to dental school normally know what kind of dentistry they want to specialize in but others need time to figure it out. Not just anyone is qualified for dental school but those who are got their undergrad degree in something science-related and took a decent amount of biology, chemistry and some anatomy courses. Dental school takes an additional four years to complete on top of one’s undergrad and if they decide that they want to be an orthodontist after all of that, they have another two to four years of school in store. So, orthodontists have a dental training plus advanced orthodontic schooling and practice before they are able to present their case in front of the American Board of Orthodontics so that they can be certified. During the time that they go to orthodontic school they practice under the supervision and expert guidance of board-certified orthodontists and they chronicle and closely document six separate orthodontic cases. They take these cases to the board after they take and pass their written examination and defend their clinical decision and the orthodontic treatments they personally administered. If the board is satisfied with their work and the presentation they gave, they become certified and are able to start their own practice or work for one.
Anyone who receives orthodontic treatment from a board-certified orthodontist can rest assured that they have gone through an immense amount of training and have enough experience to do what is required of them. The vast amount of the time they spend in orthodontic school is specifically spent on fixed straight wire appliances (braces) because they are the most common and effective teeth straightening method there is. There is a method that requires even more training in order to learn how to apply braces to the interior surface of the patient’s teeth instead of the outside called lingual braces. It is a technique that was first developed in the 1970s by two different orthodontists in different parts of the world and years later with the help of advanced digital computer imaging technology, this technique is more popular than ever before because the braces can be custom-fit to the patient’s teeth and are much more comfortable than they used to be. Braces are not just made out of stainless steel although these are the kinds that are most commonly seen on children and those in their adolescence. Brackets are constructed out of materials that are meant to be more discreet than metal, mainly for adult who are self-conscious about the idea of having braces as an adult.
Adult orthodontics deal with ways of obscuring the presence of braces or other teeth aligning methods in order to make the person wearing them more comfortable. A lot of kids have braces when they are growing up and because they are so common, they do not often have to put up with any kind of social consequences because so many kids have them. Adults who are facing the idea of getting braces can be wrought with feelings of anxiety regarding the matter and would do anything to get the smile they want without having to feel self-conscious in the process by having to wear the kind of braces that people associate with children. Brackets for braces made out of transparent plastic and ceramic are designed with adults in mind who are nervous about what people are going to say and/or think when they see that they are doing something to correct their smiles. Lingual braces are not for everyone because they cannot always produce the most favorable results, so when only normal braces can produce the results that an orthodontist and their patient desire, they may decide to go with an option that is a little more discreet than stainless steel.
Invisalign is a wonderful advent that tens of thousands of adults have used to straighten their smiles with since it was introduced in the year 2000. Instead of using brackets or wires, Invisalign uses a combination of digital computer imaging technology and 3-D printing to produce a series of hard, transparent plastic ‘aligners’ that are designed to bring teeth into alignment. The aligners are so thin that they barely protrude from the surface of the patient’s teeth and they fit so snugly up against them that they are almost completely undetectable. Each aligner moves the smile closer to alignment and after all of them have been worn for three or four weeks each, the patient’s teeth are totally transformed so they can be happy with their smile.