It’s a statement that certainly rings true: orthodontic care can indeed help anyone, no matter if they think that they are untreatable. The kicker is the fact that orthodontic treatments are very far advanced in technology, so there is something for everyone, really. If you are hoping to correct your smile and wondering if you can’t be helped, rest assured that you will leave the initial consultation with charming good news. The orthodontist is a specialist that works specifically with smile correction and tooth and jaw realignment. He or she can do a lot of things for you. Among the methods that they offer in their treatment, there are four very common types:
-Metal braces: These are the braces that make everyone shudder with anxiety and shame. They are very old-fashioned. Basically, they work by a system that is connected with brackets and wires. The brackets are glued to the front of the teeth (which is why everyone can see them) and the wires that are connected between them are used by the orthodontist with gentle care. He or she tightens those wires to begin process of treatment and they pull the teeth slowly into place. This method is the most helpful for those who need a serious course in realignment, as this option is very malleable for people with all cases, and it’s extremely effective in correcting teeth. It’s also the cheapest method available, which is why it is still a common choice to find among children and teenagers. This is not a good option for those in the professional work for at all, though, because of the way they attract too much attention, and considering that they are associated with childhood, this really does a lot of damage to the professional outlook.
-Clear braces: These were created for adults around the same time as metal braces were. They function on the same bracket and wire system as the metal braces function with, except that the brackets are made of clear material instead of metal or steel. Sometimes, the brackets are made of ceramic. Clear braces are also malleable, they are cost efficient, extremely effective in terms of treatment, and they do not attract nearly as much attention than the metal braces. They are certainly not invisible, though – your peers and co-workers will certainly be able to tell that you have them on. Friends of your children will be able to tell that your child will have it. But they do not attract attention from everyone else around you on a constant basis like steel braces will do, and they are cost-efficient too – this is basically the best perk to these braces, which is why parents still tend to choose this method for their children.
-Lingual braces: These are often times called hidden braces. Lingual braces are glued to the back of the teeth instead of the front, and provide the ultimate measure of discretion for adults to take advantage of. They work on the same bracket and wire system as well, just on the back of the teeth. This however, is what makes them very uncomfortable to wear and the tightening process can be painful. The orthodontist has no choice but to practice extra care when dealing with a patient with lingual braces, so visiting the orthodontist’s office with this office becomes something that isn’t very pleasant. You also need the right case of tooth misalignment for this process to work, but if you do pass for it, this treatment proves to be very, very effective and with the extra discretion as the perk.
-Invisible braces: We know this as Invisalign, which is a plastic aligner that is designed by a computer program and is 3-D printed. Basically how it works is that the orthodontist takes a mold of your mouth and the computer will take a scan of your mold. The orthodontist then works with the computer program to make the necessary adjustments that are needed for your treatment. The 3-D printer will print the aligner, and it is made of a very clear plastic that looks invisible. It wears like a mouth guard, making it very comfortable to wear and easy to take off. The aligner is designed to gently push your teeth into alignment, and every few weeks, you swap your aligner for a new one. This is the costliest method of treatment that is on this essay, though, which is something that you need to consider before you get completely sold on this idea.