When you are ready to begin the journey into wearing braces (or pursuing other means of orthodontic treatment), then you will have to see the orthodontist, which is a specialist in tooth alignment and jaw alignment. They are the ones to advise you in smile correction. The initial appointment is easy to make – you do not need a referral from a dentist, but if the dentist is suggesting that you see one for the sake of your teeth, then it’s not a totally bad thing. The orthodontist will certainly be able to help you in improving the health of your teeth for sure. If for any reason you are unsure about the ability of the orthodontist in being able to help you, be sure to ask to look at his or her portfolio of their previous clients. You will be amazed at how easy it is for them to help their patients, from the mild to the most severe that you have probably have ever seen.
Maybe you will be one of those kind of people who the orthodontist will tell you that you do not need the use of braces – and if you are, then lucky you! Retainers are simple in design. They are made of wires that are custom fitted to the shape of your mouth, and are meant for holding your teeth in place. They are used to prevent further misalignment of your teeth, or they are used to promote new alignment after wearing braces for several months. Whatever the reason, if the orthodontist is promoting the idea of wearing braces to you, then it’s always a good thing.
The one most common type of braces that everyone is familiar with are the traditional metal braces. We tend to see teenagers or children wear most often. It’s easy to understand the way they work – there are brackets that are attached to the teeth that need serious alignment. There are also wires that are attached to the brackets, and through careful calculations, the orthodontist will use the wires to tighten the brackets to bring the teeth into alignment. The largest caveat to this option as well know is their appearance. It can be quite awful to endure because of public reaction to the braces. But there are many other options, too.
Another option we will discuss will be the clear braces, which work in its core mechanism much like traditional braces do except that the brackets are almost invisible. Some brackets are made of ceramic, which give them the name of ceramic braces. What this means is that it takes more effort from others to notice the braces, and considering that they are used just like traditional braces, it is a very effective form of treatment that can offer a little bit of subtlety to for the adult to wear.
Another good option would be lingual braces – they function like normal braces as well, except they are applied to the back of the teeth instead of the front. It’s the fact that they are glued to the back of the teeth that makes them so discreet, and why they are called hidden braces. But they are uncomfortable to wear. They are harder to clean, and the application process is unpleasant and much harder for the orthodontist to apply. These braces also cannot help anyone with a severe case of tooth misalignment, so you will need to talk with the orthodontist about whether or not you can use this treatment method.
Technology has advanced so much in the past for few years, and so orthodontic treatment has certainly been affected. What came about from this new technology is the invention of Invisalign (we also call them invisible braces) which are a clear, plastic aligner that was designed by a computer program, made especially for you specific case. They wear like a mouth guard, so they promise ultimate comfort in the field of orthodontistry. Printed by a 3-D printer, the aligners are specialized to the individual, and throughout your treatment process, you will need to come into the orthodontist’s office and exchange your current aligner with a new one every two weeks to continue the treatment process until your smile is finally corrected. It is very discreet to wear them, but because of all its wonderful perks, they are among the most expensive options available to you.
It’s good that you are putting effort into learning more about orthodontic treatments. The more you know, the better it is for you to be able to talk with an orthodontist about your options and hopes.