Most of us have straight teeth – at least that will be the case depending on your perspective. This is normally because as children, we had the option of wearing braces to correct our smiles, and because of that, as adults we all look like we have great genetic makeup of our teeth. It can also be so that maybe a couple of your adult peers are undergoing orthodontic treatment right now – you just can’t really see it since they are being so discreet about it. If you are wondering how to achieve your smile without letting everyone else know that this is what you’re doing, you will need to speak to the orthodontist, the specialist that deals in tooth and jaw misalignment.
The orthodontist, first of all, will be able to answer all of your questions about wearing braces, which is the common method for orthodontic treatment and it’s likely that you will not be able to get away without wearing them. Every case is so different, so you will not be able to use this essay to diagnose yourself – you have to take the initial step and speak with an orthodontist yourself. A dentist can be a useful resource for many things regarding the health of your teeth and how clean they have to be, which is certainly a factor for a beautiful smile, but when it comes to cosmetic improvement, you will need to speak to an orthodontist, and if you need help finding one, a dentist can easily refer you to one. This is nothing to be scared of, since most people who end up visiting the orthodontist will hear very good news about their treatment, since orthodontic technology is so advanced. Basically, everyone can be helped, no matter how mild or severe their cases are (just take a look at your orthodontist’s portfolio of previous patients and see for yourself how many lives they have improved through their work and knowledge).
On your initial visit, the orthodontist will be able to determine what kind of treatment options are right for you. For people with mild cases, the use of a retainer or a spacer will be a good start, especially to determine if they can be effective or if you will need to start the use of braces. A good orthodontist will be able to determine right away though whether you need a retainer or a set of braces, so you don’t have to go through a trial period or anything like that. If you end up only needing just a retainer, though, that’s great for you, as they are very discreet option to have.
What makes many adults wary of seeking orthodontic treatment is the idea of having to use braces. The reason why is because of steel braces. They are a very cost efficient as far as a treatment option goes, and they are also very effective, which is why they are one of the most common treatment options. This option however, is not the most popular one. Considering that mainly children and teens use these braces, it may seem that adults are too old for this treatment, and you may feel as though you will be judged if you were to wear them. Or it could be that they look entirely unprofessional, which may be unacceptable to your work environment.
You can use clear braces instead, which are just like traditional braces except that they are made of ceramic and not steel. These materials make the braces look clear. It’s not completely unnoticeable, and any attention given towards the mouth area may potentially bring attention to the existence of the braces. It is more discreet of course than traditional braces, and they are extremely effective and cost-friendly (in comparison to the others).
If you are needing something far more discreet and private, there is the option of using lingual braces, which are glued behind the teeth. This makes them unnoticeable to anyone looking at you, and will help you achieve a confident smile knowing that no one will be able to guess about your secret. You will however need tolerance for the discomfort, and the orthodontist will have to go through a more complex means of application since they are set behind the teeth. Furthermore, it’s not eligible for everyone, so you need a moderate case in order to wear lingual braces.
If lingual braces are sounding like a good fit for you, then there is always Invisalign, which have been created through some pretty awesome ever-advancing technology. Created by a 3-D printer, these are clear, plastic aligners that are created individually for each patient depending on the structure of the mouth and alignment of the teeth at the time of measurement. Of course, you will need several sets of new aligners over time as your smile improves over time, which means several visits to the orthodontist (they happen every two weeks). This will also be a more expensive option than the others, considering the need to make more and more aligners and the technology involved with them. You will have to pay for the replacement of lost aligners, too, so take the costs of these into consideration first.