Aside from all of the basic tools that you see at the dentist’s office, the x-rays and other large machines, what you will find at the orthodontist’s office would be hope – hope that you will get the smile that you have been wanting for a long time. There have been so many technological advancements made in the field of orthodontics that the orthodontist, or otherwise known as the specialist that works with patients in repairing tooth misalignment and jaw misalignment, is able to help almost anybody that works through his or her door. It doesn’t matter if you have made the decision to see the orthodontist on your own because you are beginning to really break up about your smile, of if your dentist was concerned enough about the health of your smile to refer you to one – the orthodontist will be able to help you. If your dentist made the referral, your orthodontist can work with your dentist in creating a treatment plan that is especially catered to your health needs. If you are ever in disbelief about this, just ask for your orthodontist’s portfolio, and through that, you should be able to see all sort of cases that he or she has worked on and improved.
Just as a side note – it’s important to remember that if you truly want a beautiful smile, then it must be a healthy smile! Keep your teeth brushed, flossed and rinsed every day and this will add to the effects of a beautiful smile once your orthodontic treatment is underway and done.
The orthopedist will determine whether or not you will need braces, first of all, for your smile correction. If your case is not severe, then you will be possibly be given a retainer. Retainers will be used to manipulate your teeth together by using a wire that holds the teeth in place. If this is not effective by any means for you, or if the orthodontist thinks that you are not eligible for this treatment, then he or she will seek the alternative of braces.
We all know what traditional braces look like. These are the kinds that children and teens wear. Made out of steel, brackets are glued to the teeth that need correcting, and then the wires that are attached to the brackets are tightened to manipulate the teeth. This is the option that may have you wary of getting braces in the first place – for good reason, they can look a bit embarrassing! For those that need more discreet options in order to upkeep a professional appearance, there are certainly different options.
One of the most affordable options that are more discreet would be clear braces. Mechanically speaking, they work the same way as standard braces do, except they are made of different materials (sometimes plastic, sometimes clay or ceramic) and they are clear. It certainly can be noticeable to someone else if they were paying particular attention to your mouth, but otherwise, it’s a lot more discreet than the steel braces.
If you were hoping for something a lot more muted and quiet, there are lingual braces, which are applied to the back of the teeth instead of in the front. It makes it so that no one can notice at all. These kinds of braces will not work for everyone – first of all, your case needs to be eligible for this type of treatment, or else they may not be able to work for you at all. Secondly, many say that this method can be pretty uncomfortable, with the application of it generally complex and the wear slightly painful or bothersome. Whether or not you are eligible for this kind of treatment depends entirely on your case, and if you are thinking that this may be the better option for you, you will have to speak to your orthodontist directly about this treatment.
The last common option is Invisalign. Many of us have seen the commercials that feature them. They are clear plastic aligners that are measured and designed by a computer program and are individualized based on the person they are created for. They are made by a 3-D printer. They wear very clear and looking invisible for the person that needs to maintain a professional appearance, so this is essentially the ideal option. Every few weeks as your smile is corrected and improved, you will just need to visit the orthodontist again and have a new one made. This is not the most cost-friendly option though, so it’s important that you speak to an orthodontist about whether this option may be the right choice for you after all.
Your first visit to the orthodontist will be full of making choices for yourself, and he or she will be the main factor in the decision. Trust in your orthodontist, as he or she is looking out for the best for you.
Smiling is arguably when a person looks their most beautiful, radiant, healthy self. A smile shows that you are healthy, happy, optimistic, and generally doing well, at least in that moment. Nobody should be ashamed to give a big smile, but for many, it’s extremely difficult not to be, and every smile is tarnished by a feeling of embarrassment. Why? Malocclusion.
Malocclusion is a category of dental malformation that involves the teeth not being properly aligned on the jaw line. There are all kinds of malocclusions, overbite, underbite, crowded teeth, etc. But all of them mean one thing for the person who has them: embarrassment. Through no fault of their own, people with malocclusions are often afraid to open their mouths, afraid to smile, perhaps sometimes even afraid to speak, if they don’t have to, all because their teeth didn’t grow in quite right. That is a problem.
Luckily, there is a solution to that problem, and it’s called orthodontics. Orthodontics is the science of realigning teeth that have not grown in properly, and getting good orthodontic care will improve your smile’s appearance. But isn’t that just dental care? Yes, orthodontics is a subset of dentistry, but usually if you have serious malocclusions, your dentist will suggest you see a good orthodontist. This is for the best, as the alignment of your smile is probably pretty important to you, and so you wouldn’t want to entrust it with anyone who isn’t a specialist in exactly that, would you?
We live in an amazing time, when most of our problems actually have a solution. We tend to take this for granted, but having misaligned teeth is an excellent example. There was a time that how your teeth grew in was just your lot in life, there wasn’t a lot you could do about it. But now, that is no longer the case; there is plenty that can be done, and modern science has lots of ways to help. But how?
There are a variety of solutions offered for dental issues by orthodontists, and not all of them necessarily require the time and devotion that braces do. If your malocclusion is less severe, then you may only require something like a spacer, which is used to create more space between two teeth that have grown in crowded together. Or if you have several teeth that are problematic, but only in one section, you may be given a retainer, which you can put in and take out, and isn’t affixed to your teeth for long-term treatment. Since a lot of people think going to the orthodontist means getting braces, it’s good to be aware that that isn’t the only treatment.
However, if your problem is more severe, then braces may indeed be necessary. But that’s not as bad as it sounds, because there are actually a lot of different types of braces to choose from. It isn’t entirely necessary, anymore, to go with a mouth full of metal, when you have more choices, many of which are much less obtrusive.
Of course, everyone knows about the standard wire braces, mostly worn by children. These are by far the most versatile and effective form of malocclusion correction, but as I was saying, they are not your only option. Still, because they are so effective, they are great for kids, because kids don’t care as much about their personal appearance, in most cases. But when choosing braces for correcting crooked teeth, you are not doomed to a mouth of metal.
There are actually several other options for correcting your malocclusions. One of them is clear braces. Clear braces are pretty much exactly like wire braces, but are made of a clear plastic material, so that they are less visible. However, these are still more visible than most of the other discreet options, but are also the most versatile, since they can be applied to virtually all the same situations as metal braces, since they’re pretty much the same thing.
But most adults will prefer that their braces be as invisible as possible, and to that end, several other options have been invented, that can allow you to correct your smile without being embarrassed even more by obvious braces. One option is called lingual braces, which are actually metal like wire braces, but instead of running along the fronts of your teeth, they actually go along the backs of them, instead. This makes them the most discreet option, although they are not quite as versatile, because they can’t be applied to quite as many types of malocclusions. Still, it can’t hurt to ask your orthodontist about this option.
The other option is Invisalign. Invisalign is a proven smile correction system which is the perfect compromise between versatility and invisibility. Invisalign braces are plastic sheaths that fit directly over your teeth, and are nearly invisible while also being applicable to a wide variety of malocclusions. Be sure and mention all of these possibilities to your orthodontist, to help you decide what best serves your needs.
The main way that we realign the teeth these days is with the use of braces. This is something that is insanely common here in the United States, so common, in fact, that one out of every three people in the country will, at some point, have their teeth realigned with the use of this amazing series of pieces designed to help put the appropriate force on the teeth. This being the case, there’s been constant improvement in the technology that we use to realign the teeth, and I do mean constant. There is a lot of improvement yet to come, I’m sure, but for the time being, we’ve still made a whole lot of progress when it comes to fixing the alignment of our teeth, and no mistake.
Now, if you pay attention to the way that technology goes, you can always find a pattern. In some cases, the pattern is that things are getting bigger (like when it comes to televisions), or they’re getting more defined (again, we’re talking about televisions and the like, although in an interesting twist, you can actually watch the evolution of the cellphone go from big to small to large again as soon as we were able to use the internet in order to watch things like television shows or Netflix. If you can figure out the demands that people will have, you can literally watch as the technology charts its course.
So, having said all of that, here are just a few things that have been done to improve the standard metal braces since it came out in the seventies, or to improve on the design in some way.
1. Ceramic or porcelain brackets
The first big upgrade was the use of things like ceramic or porcelain brackets. I know, this doesn’t sound like a big deal to a lot of people, but the reality of the matter is that one of the biggest complaints that people had when it comes to the whole idea of braces was that they are, in fact, so very visible. You see, it’s very hard to hide the fact that you have a mouthful of metal, and the only thing you could do to hide it, for a long time, is to never smile and to never talk in public if you want to make sure that no one knew you had braces for kids, teens, or adults.
With the advent of porcelain and ceramic brackets, though, you had a big change in how discreet your brackets were. No longer were they something that you had to work hard to hide, but rather, you only had to worry about hiding the long metal wire that goes around brackets. Having said that, no, you couldn’t replace that wire with anything ceramic or porcelain, and so far, they haven’t developed a bracket that has the same amount of ability to hold the tension required in order to allow the teeth to realign.
2. New metals
Now, another big upgrade is that they changed the metals that you use in the whole thing. Now, if you skip over the ceramic options, you can get newer metals, metals that are more long-lasting than the ones that came before. You see, for a long time, the problem that came up from time to time was that, well, the mouth just isn’t a hospitable place. When you leave your brackets in the mouth, they wear down. Now, on the other hand, these newer metals are more able to last long without having any issues with them falling apart or anything similar, and this is a good thing for you if you’ve got them in your mouth for a long time.
Invisalign is basically a rebuild of the idea, starting from the ground up. Invisalign is a series of retainers, basically, which are made of a hard plastic, and when they are put in the mouth, they slowly realign the teeth in order to make them more and more straight, until you get done with the treatment plan and, hopefully, you end up with teeth that are straight and a smile that you can be proud to show off for the rest of your life. It also allows you to do the work of fixing it with a lot less hassle than you would think.
So, in the long term, braces have changed, and over time, they’re going to continue to change, and the reason that they’re changing is because we have new demands on what we’re doing and how we like to live.
There are things that you can do to make sure you are going to look your very best. Why is it important that you look your best, you may be asking? Well, the fact is that you are going to find that if you don’t take care of how you look to the people that you are encountering on a daily basis, you are going to find that you don’t get ahead in life, and honestly, looking poorly is one of those things that can make your life a whole lot more difficult than it needs to be. This being the case, if you aren’t happy with how you look, here are just a few things that you may want to be taking into consideration considering how you can fix up just one portion of your looks, your smile (and let’s face it, the smile is one of the more important facets of how you look, too, because if you don’t have a winning smile, you are going to end up having a lot more trouble in life in general).
1. Getting Issues Treated Quickly
As any doctor, dentist, or orthodontist is going to tell you, it is essential that if you have any sort of issue, you get it treated as soon as possible. Waiting longer allows the issue to get worse. It allows the issue to also become more expensive for you to be able to fix, and that means that if you don’t end up taking care of the issue in a timely fashion, it can be all the more expensive for you when you finally do get around to fixing it.
Now, when it comes time for you to see your orthodontist (if, indeed, such time does come), you are going to find that you will be getting examined for quite some time before ever anything is done. And the reason behind this is pretty simple to understand. The fact is that an examination is required to figure out the underlying issue, what is causing your smile to be out of its proper alignment.
And I know that when it comes to fixing up your smile and the alignment of your teeth, a whole lot of people are jumping straight to using some sort of orthodontics, but I don’t think that you need to be worried about that so much. It is really more of the fact that you may need to worry about things like getting your tooth cut out. And in some cases, this may be just what you need, to get a tooth or two removed in order to make sure the rest of your teeth and can get better aligned.
4. Standard Braces
When it comes to aligning the teeth, something that a lot of people look at is standard braces, and this makes a whole lot of sense. You see, in the forty years and change since first the standard metal braces came into use, you will notice that it has become, and managed to stay, the most common and most popular method for realigning the teeth.
5. Ceramic Braces
Of course, that popularity doesn’t mean that it isn’t something that can be worked on, and one of the ways in which it has been updated a bit is with the use of ceramic brackets in place of the metal ones. This was done to cut down on the amount of metal that would be in the mouth, because if there is anything in this world that is not discreet, it is having metal on your mouth. Ceramic braces, of course, don’t mean that they are perfect or discreet enough or anything like that, mind you.
6. Invisible braces
Invisible braces, like Invisalign, take the idea of discreetly realigning the smile and take it to a whole other level. Basically, they allow you to make sure that you can fix up your smile with the use of invisible plastic braces that make sure your smile is going to be straight and that no one will notice that you are working on fixing them up. Invisalign for adults helps correct smiles discreetly, and helps to ensure that your smile is going to look its very best with discretion and comfort.
So, if you are looking for a way to make sure your smile can look its very best, it is about time that you look into what your orthodontist can offer you. Trust me when I say that your smile will thank you in the long run.