What are some of the things that people first go to when it comes to making a first impression? The way a person dresses, for starters. There’s cleanliness, and if a woman, the makeup she is wearing. There is also the smile, which is a vital part of making a lasting impression considering that the smile is not only a reflection of your health, but also of your confidence. It’s easy to tell when someone is confident about their smile and when they are more shy about it (possibly due to dissatisfaction with the way their smile looks). When this is the case, it’s so easy to feel as though there is not anything that a person can do as far as improving their smile to the best of their ability. It turns out that this is not actually the case. There is a lot that you can do about your smile and to make it better, it just has to do with what kind of orthodontic treatment you are looking for.
An orthodontist is a specialist that focuses on the health and appearance of the teeth and the jaw, mostly do to with the way the they are aligned. There are orthodontic surgeons out there to handle the more serious cases, but all in all, orthodontic specialists focus primarily on making sure your teeth are aligned. There are millions of people out there that are seeing orthodontists for their teeth issues.
As far as making a decision as to which treatment option would be best for you, there are of course a means of making the right choice of treatment, which should be best discussed with your orthodontist in order to ensure the right form of treatment. There are several options, including metal braces, clear braces, lingual braces and invisible braces, which are the four most common types of braces.
Let’s start with the single most common, which are the metal braces. These are so common that everyone knows what they look like, through maybe a person they knew in school who wore them or a character on a television show wearing them. Very often, there is a stigma that is attached to the metal braces, and it is often thought to be an embarrassing thing to have to wear and everyone around you will make fun of the fact that you are wearing them. It may even be worse for adults who have never had the opportunity in their youth to wear them, as it doesn’t seem acceptable for adults to wear them since they are well beyond the socially recognized age to wear metal braces. There are other options of course to counteract the option of metal braces, but it’s important to note that the reason metal braces are so common is because of two major reasons: one, they are effective for all sorts of cases, no matter how severe or mild it can be, and two, because they are cost-efficient when you compare them to other orthodontic treatment methods.
An alternative to metal braces would be the clear braces, which are designed exactly like metal braces except they are made out of material that gives them a clear, see-through look. While these are still noticeable, they do not ask for attention such as the metal braces, which stand out and are quite obvious in plain view. This may be the better alternative, especially for kids and teens that are self-conscious over the idea of wearing braces in front of everyone else. Clear braces work just like metal braces, so you still have the wide range of effectiveness as well as the fact that they are so more cost-efficient in comparison to other choices.
For those who are still pushing for a more discreet choice of wearing braces, there are lingual braces, which are worn behind the teeth. These are attached the back of the teeth and up against the surface of the mouth, and it is so that makes them so unnoticeable to other people. The drawback to this type of method is two things: one, they are uncomfortable to wear, considering where they are placed, as they may poke into your gums in an unpleasant way, but they are also difficult to tighten, and two, they are not as effective, so only specific dental cases are eligible for being able to use lingual braces.
Invisible braces are essentially the best of all worlds, as the computer-generated mold of your teeth is designed into a clear, plastic aligner that is individualized. Other than this, wearing invisible braces is more comfortable because they are worn like mouth guards, making them easy to deal with. They are a lot more of a costly option in comparison to everything else, so it’s something that you will have to pay some attention to. Invisalign is a prime example of this
With so many options available, the pros and cons are essentially weighed up solely upon your personal interests and needs? Would you prefer something tried to time and efficient in costs? Or do you really need to be discreet about your orthodontic treatment?