Millions of people, children and adults alike, make a visit to an orthodontist each year. If you’re one of the many people who suffer from malocclusion, or misalignment of the teeth and jaw, you should consider joining them. Smile correction can be beneficial to your self-esteem and your public image. Many people, both kids and grownups, are afraid to get braces because of the appearance. But I think it’s worth the a few years of sacrifice for a perfect smile, don’t you? Additionally, there are options that are much more discreet than the most common methods.
When you picture braces, I’m sure the first thing you think about is big hunks of metal, placed in the front of your mouth. And of course this is spot on in many cases, the most common braces are stainless steel and are pretty obvious. They have a great track record and have been in use for years. It’s still understandable though if you want to explore some other methods of treatment. Take some time to consider all of your options, it’s a sensible thing to do. Smile correction is an important process, and you need to choose what’s right for you. If you’ve decided to consult with an orthodontist, they will likely be able to provide you with few options that differ in some ways than traditional braces.
- Steel braces with gold-plating – These braces are usually used for people who are allergic to nickel. Nickel is a metal that is used to make steel, the common product in traditional braces. Obviously it would be very uncomfortable for a person with this allergy to have regular braces. Gold-plating over the steel solves the problem. It creates a barrier between the sensitive skin and the nickel laden steel. Some people also choose to get these braces to stand out and be flashy, it could be a cool idea if you ask me.
- Titanium braces – Titanium is a bit more expensive than steel, but it can be worth it in some cases. If you have a nickel allergy, but you don’t like the look of the gold-plating, titanium is another option. It’s also lighter and might be more comfortable than steel.
- Lingual braces – These are also called hidden braces, and there’s good reason. The brackets of these braces are actually attached behind the teeth, hidden from the view of others. They are inconspicuous that nobody will notice you have braces. It’s a great option for those working in the public spotlight, but they do cost more. It’s definitely something to consider if you’re looking for a discreet option.
- Clear braces – Clear braces for teeth straightening are a great option if you don’t want to spend the money on lingual braces, but still want to be discreet. If someone looks closely they can see them, but there still not too noticeable. They are usually made of plastic, and sometimes ceramic, but they are made to look the color of your teeth. This is what makes them more discreet than regular braces.
You may have noticed that all of these types of braces are going to involve gluing brackets to your teeth. For several months or years, you’ll have a mouthful of metal. It’ll make cleaning your teeth and eating more difficult than usual. You’ll even have to avoid a pretty long list of foods while you have your braces on. If this makes you uneasy about getting treatment, you may be able to find a couple of options that aren’t quite as invasive.
These solutions do not use the familiar methods that all of the others share in common. If you want to see if they’ll work for you, meet with an orthodontist and let them look into your unique situation. Here are the alternative
- Invisalign - This product was introduced in 1997 and has seen great success since then. If you want an option that isn’t noticeable at all and is relatively easy to deal with, this is it. The clear plastic aligners can be removed when you’re eating or brushing your teeth. You don’t have to worry about avoiding certain things. They won’t work for everyone, but it’s definitely worth checking out.
- Spring Aligners – In a few cases, people don’t need braces to correct their smiles at all. The lucky few just need something simple like a spring aligner. If you’re lucky enough to be able to fix your smile this simple orthodontic treatment, you’ll also be saving money, they’re much less expensive than braces.
It’s good to know you have options when it comes to your orthodontic care. Get started on your treatment today.