It’s not always easy to take the leap and decide to look for professional and discreet orthodontics for adults. You may know that you want to fix your smile, but you might be afraid of the implications. If you never had braces when you were a kid, but you’re still self-conscious about your smile, it’s time to act. You may be worried about having a mouthful of metal, especially as an adult, but you need to know there are other options. If you already take care of your teeth, and stay on top of your dental hygiene, why not get alignment issues correct as well? Ask your dentist the next time you’re in for a recommendation and start searching for an orthodontist.
Even if you don’t get a referral, there are still plenty of ways to find a great orthodontist. Start by heading to the web, that’s where you’ll find the most information. Read some reviews of orthodontists in your area and see what you find. You may be able to find the perfect choice from that method alone, or you may want to do even more research. Ask around the office and see if any of your coworkers are familiar with some good candidates.
Also be sure to find out if the orthodontist you’re thinking of visiting is a licensed member of the American Association of Orthodontists. This organization ensures that certain ethical standards are upheld, and that education is current and ongoing. It should be easy to find out if an orthodontist is a member.
Finally, especially if you’re looking for discretion, you’re going to want to find someone who offers a variety of treatments. You don’t have to go with traditional steel braces to straighten teeth with orthodontic treatment. Be sure that the orthodontist you select is ready look over some alternative methods during your consultation. Here are a few ideas you might want to look into.
1. Spring Aligners
First of all, not everyone who needs teeth alignment needs braces. You may only have a small issue that be fixed with spring aligners. This would be good news, since they don’t cost nearly as much as braces. They really only fix the front few teeth though, so they only work in the least severe cases. Still, you at least want your orthodontist to see if it would be a viable option for you.
2. Gold-Plated or Titanium Braces
A fairly common allergy is nickel, and you may not even be aware that you are allergic to it. Unfortunately nickel is used to make steel, the most common material used in braces. If you’re allergic to nickel, you’re going to need an orthodontist who offers other options. A couple of choices might be gold-plated or titanium braces. Both will work for those who have allergies. Some people even go with the gold-plated just for the look!
3. Lingual (Hidden) Braces
One of the best options you have when it comes to discretion has to be lingual braces. These are also called hidden braces, and for good reason. They were actually developed in the 1970s for a model who wanted to keep working while she underwent smile correction treatment. The braces work the same way as traditional ones, only they’re affixed to the back of the teeth. That way nobody can see them at all. It’s a great option, but it’s more expensive than traditional methods, so you’ll need to be prepared for that.
4. Clear Braces
If you want a discreet choice, but you don’t the expense of lingual braces, there is still hope. For years now, orthodontists have been offering clear braces. They are designed to blend in perfectly with the color of your teeth, making them less likely to stand out. Unlike metal braces, they won’t be glinting in the sun. They are typically made of ceramic or plastic material, but they function the same way as traditional braces. That is they work with bracket and wires, using tension to pull teeth into place. Clear braces can be a great way to keep people from noticing your braces often.
Developed in the late 1990s, Invisalign is still on the cutting edge of orthodontics technology. They are so discreet they are sometimes referred to as invisible braces. This is because they are made of a clear plastic and molded to the teeth. They are extremely difficult to notice. Sometimes even the wearer can forget they have them on. Instead of using tension, Invisalign gently guides teeth into place. If it’s a viable solution for you, it’s definitely worth looking into.