You get braces basically from the orthodontist, who is a specialist on all things related to smile correction, jaw alignment and oral surgery. Braces are normally worn by the wearer in order to correct their smile for cosmetic purposes or because of health reasons (normally their dentist would have said this to them). No matter what the reason is, you are reading this because you are wondering what it is you need to know about braces – after all, most people don’t know that much about braces and if this is the case, then you have landed on the right page.
You may be walking into the appointment with a treatment already in mind that you want to pursue, but the fact of the matter is, it may not be right for you in the long run. Or it may be that you are not eligible for the treatment that you want. There is no way to determine from this post or anywhere else whether or not you are eligible for the treatment you want. The only person who can do that is the orthodontist himself, which you will have to talk to. The orthodontist is mainly concerned that you will improve your smile, and if the treatment you want doesn’t fit, then the orthodontist will not recommend it to you. You should therefore walk into that appointment with an open mind about your treatment options.
The most simple treatment options that the orthodontist can offer you would be the use of just simple appliances that are somewhat like braces. These are the retainers, mostly. Retainers are something that many people are familiar with. This is custom-fitted wire that is designed to hold teeth in place. It is meant for people with mild teeth misalignment problems. If you need more than retainer, the orthodontist will either suggest wearing braces and then a retainer after a while, or wearing spacers, which are rubber bands that hold the jaw in proper place. Braces are nothing to be afraid of, and there are several to choose from depending on your case and on your budget.
A very common method in orthodontic braces would be traditional metal braces. Most people already know what these look like. They are incredibly obvious and easy to spot on a person, they are otherwise extremely effective in treatment and will work on almost everyone. These are starting to decrease in popularity, as there is a growing social stigma that corrupts the image of these braces, and patients are asking for more discreet options. What keeps these braces going are the fact that these braces are very affordable, but they are especially useless for patients who need to maintain a proper professional appearance.
One of those discreet options that were created as an alternative of the metal braces would be the clear braces. It’s the same wire and bracket method for their function as the way traditional braces work, but it’s just that they are made up of clear brackets instead of the metal ones, and even though friends and peers can still clearly see them, they are far less obvious and attract much less attention. They are also extremely effective in treatment. They are only slightly more expensive than metal braces, but if you want more discretion, there are other treatment methods available.
There’s the option of using lingual braces. Some call these hidden braces, and they were designed for better discretion in its prime. No one will be able to tell that you have these on, essentially, except for the orthodontist that put them on for you. The way that these stay discreet is the fact that they are glued behind the teeth, which adequately hides them from the view of others. Your orthodontist has to be very careful when putting these on you because it can get quite painful, but considering the fact that they hide so well, it might be worth the pain and discomfort for you, especially if you are the type of person to work in the professional sphere.
For something that is more comfortable and just as discreet, you have the every popular option to use Invisalign, which you will recognize from the infomercials. These are far more comfortable by far than any of the other options available. The aligners are lightweight and are made of clear plastic, any they apply on so easily – just like a mouth guard. If you want ease, comfort and discretion, this is the right method for you.
Many adults have grown up without getting decent chance at smile correction even though they feel like they absolutely need to. We are impounded with ideas that we need a beautiful smile in order to make a good first impression, especially in the business aspect when are judged so much more our appearance. It was also affect our self-esteem, which will have effects on our social lives as well. If it is so important to have a better smile for you, then visiting an orthodontist needs to take place. Only then can you feel as though you have options, because very, very often will an orthodontist have good news to share with you.
The orthodontist will have several options available through treatment that is implemented by braces. This is not to say that you have to let all of your peers and co-workers know that you are going through orthodontic treatment, especially in your current age. Like I said, there are several options available for patients, four of the most common are traditional, clear, lingual and invisible braces.
Before we start talking about options for braces, know that it is likely that in your particular case, you may not even need braces. This is up to the discretion of your orthodontist, of course, but he or she may recommend that you try retainers or spacers instead of using braces. These are useful common tools that do a lot of work for smile correction. They are discreet, too, and easy to put and take off. These are certainly options that are better for patients that have more mild cases of crookedness in their teeth, and if they are not enough for your case, then your orthodontist will certainly suggest the use of braces.
The first option available is the ever common choice of traditional braces. These are the ones that we have made fun of as schoolchildren. They are made of steel, and the brackets that make up the braces are glued to the front of the teeth, and the wires that connect them are tightened for treatment. That is how they work. These are normally seen on children and teenagers, but considering that most people are wanting more discreet options, even teenagers are sometimes afraid of the stigma that they may face, and the thought of wearing steel braces can cause some anxiety. For adults, it’s not the best option, because it completely distracts from the professional appearance that they have to keep up at work. If you are one of these adults, then we should discuss the other options that may be better for you.
You have the option of wearing clear braces, which were designed and built around the same time as normal braces. They were designed for older patients who wanted discretion in the office. They are designed to work just like metal braces except that the brackets are made of material that makes them look somewhat invisible. They are by no means invisible, but they certainly grab far less attention than the normal braces do. It’s a good option if you want to save on money, and these work for almost everybody, no matter how crooked their teeth might get. Still, if you are hoping for more discretion, there are still a couple of other options that you can browse through.
There are lingual braces for those who need discretion. These are also called hidden braces. They are glued instead to the back of the teeth, and use the same bracket and wire system. The orthodontist will have to take better care of lingual braces, as it can be easy to hurt you. They are also more difficult to clean and are not as comfortable to wear. The upside to these is that no one will be able to tell that you are wearing them unless you tell them! You will need to be eligible to wear these types, as that will depend on whether your orthodontist thinks that these may fit you. Talk with your orthodontist about this option if you think you would like to wear this one.
The last option that we are going to talk about is the use of invisible braces. We recognize these by the brand of Invisalign. These braces have been rising in popularity. They are clear, plastic aligners that are designed by a computer program after it has scanned a layout of your teeth. You have to have them exchanged for a new set of aligners as your treatment progress, and they are put on like a mouth guard. It’s the new way of tightening for better alignment, except this can be a much more costly method of tooth alignment.
When you go to the orthodontist and find that you’ve got misaligned teeth, the next step, and the obvious one, is to fix your misalignment and restore your teeth to the glory they (and you) deserve. We’re a country and a culture that, in general, puts a lot of importance on the smile, and one of the big aspects of the smile is the way the teeth look, how straight they are, how well maintained they are, basically everything about the teeth. It’s only natural, then, that we spend so much time and money to fix them, and the smile, to be the best it possibly can be.
It’s also, at least in part, an explanation for how many people have had some sort of realignment treatment over their lives. That number, today, has reached one in three, according to recent studies. That means that one out of every three people has had braces or something similar in order to realign their teeth over the course of their life, and that’s an impressive number, as well as an encouraging one. It means that we have the means, and they’re readily available to a large swath of the country, to realign teeth once they’ve gotten out of whack.
There are three common treatment methods that your local orthodontist is likely to use when you visit, and here they are, listed for your convenience, to give you an idea of what you face.
1. Orthodontic headgear
If we imagined the three treatments as a family, this would be the crotchety old grandfather who can’t remember the last time anyone genuinely listened to what he had to say (I know, that’s sad, but it’s also fitting, as you’ll see in a moment). By and large, it’s an outdated technology, and time has passed it well by, as has orthodontistry, for the most part.
Today, the only people you’re going to see with orthodontic headgear are ones who not only have a problem with alignment, but with the teeth canting inward or outward. Thanks to the way that it creates pull and push, orthodontic headgear might be the best way to fix these problems, but, again, these problems are few and far between. For the most part, you’re not going to be seeing orthodontic headgear, but rather, you’ll see…
2. Standard metal braces
This is the most common treatment, and is basically the top dog of the market. Standard metal braces handily overtook their more venerated predecessor, orthodontic headgear, and claimed the market for itself, leaving only a slice of the action for the predecessor.
It’s a simple idea, and one that is far more discreet than orthodontic headgear. Braces are, basically, a series of metal brackets, mounted to the teeth with the use of a dental adhesive, Over the top of these brackets is run a long metal wire, which is wrapped around the brackets in order to help provide and direct the force that will realign the teeth. This is simple to install, simple to adjust, and most of all, it’s something that can be done anywhere in the world, from the most high-tech office in the United States to a tent in the middle of a desert. You can find braces in almost every country in the world, fixing the teeth and helping the people.
3. Invisalign invisible braces
This is the newest, most modern method of treating misaligned teeth, and is the trend that has been obvious in orthodontic appliances since their inception, a slow movement from conspicuous to discreet. Invisalign, as the name would lead you to suspect, is invisible, something that cannot be seen when it is in the mouth, and that’s part of its design. The aligners are made of a hard and clear plastic, allowing the natural color of the teeth to shine through them so that the teeth look natural, not ‘too white’ or like something too white has been placed on them. Invisalign is a great choice for hidden braces for teens or adults, because not only is it clear and hard to see, but it’s also form-fitted, guaranteeing increased comfort and, most importantly, that they won’t be rubbing against the gum line causing sores or lesions or forcing you to taste your own blood because of such things.
So, if you’re looking for a way to realign your teeth and perfect your smile, ask your local orthodontist what they have to recommend for you. You’ll be glad you did when you’ve got teeth you can show to the world with pride.
It may seem difficult to know what your options are when you are uncomfortable with your smile. You may have heard about Invisalign and already know about braces but there have got to be some things about these methods that you should know in order to make a decision that is best for you, right? Well, talking to an orthodontist about the matter makes the most sense since they are the industry experts and after all, they are also doctors.
Orthodontics is a dental specialty that requires an extra two to four years of training in order to become board-certified after completing four-year dental school and a science related four-year undergrad. So, when an orthodontist satisfies members of the American Board of Orthodontics with their mandatory presentation and they are able to pass the written examination, they have completed at least 10 years of education in preparation to become an orthodontist so it is safe to say that anyone who ends up in their care is in good hands.
There are at least several different approaches that an orthodontist can take with their patients in order to correct their misaligned bites and crooked or crowded teeth. They prefer to take a proactive approach whenever possible by applying the use of retainers and/or spacers during one’s childhood in order to help the developing bones in a child’s mouth develop in a way that is conducive to their permanent teeth coming in at the correct angle and in position. In most cases though, retainers and spacers are ineffective when it is obvious that braces are going to be needed in order to properly align one’s bite and teeth.
Retainers are very common after braces have been removed from children or adolescents for a time to keep the patient’s newly aligned teeth from moving out of position while the surrounds bones and tissue settle properly. Depending on the situation, it may be recommended that the patient wears a retainer during the day and at night for a year or more to make sure that their teeth stay where they are and the bones in their mouth are encouraged to fully form properly. Only an orthodontist can understand their patient’s individual situations enough to understand what exact approach needs to be taken in any given scenario.
Braces can be applied using materials other than traditional stainless steel and they can be administered at any time in your life. If you did not have the good fortune of getting the orthodontic care that you needed when you were a child or adolescent, that is not your fault and you have options at your disposal later in life. Teeth braces for adults have become much more common than used to be and they can applied using discrete materials that blend in nicely with the natural color of your teeth so you do not have to feel self-conscious about them causing a distraction in your life.
Brackets for braces are made out of three main materials: The first and most common are the ones that you see most children wearing that are made out of stainless steel. Second, clear or invisible braces are made out of transparent plastic that are more difficult to detect. Third, you could choose to get ceramic braces where the brackets natural ceramic color blends in well with your teeth and provides a smooth, comfortable exterior surface. It should be noted that both of these materials are less durable than stainless steel and if not taken care of properly could turn into maintenance visits that could cost more money that could have otherwise been avoided if stainless steel brackets were chosen. Braces are not always required in order to get your smile to a point where you are going to feel more comfortable showing it off. In some cases, the Invisalign method may be the best option because it does not even require brackets or wiring at all.
Invisalign burst into the orthodontic scene in 2000 the help of a lot of silicone valley investment capital and the advancement of crucial technologies in digital computer imaging and 3-D printing. These three factors combined to create a teeth-straightening method that TV personalities and celebrities have used to correct their smiles. It is as popular as it is because you can straighten your teeth by using a series of undetectable, transparent ‘aligners’ that are custom-designed to bring your smile into alignment. This method is not available for everyone because it is not always capable of producing the best results because everyone has their own highly individualized needs and expectations.
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.