When it comes to dental hygiene, you should make sure you’re on top of the game. Are you brushing twice a day and flossing at least once daily? Have you taken care of cavities by having filling put in? You should also be making regular visits to the dentist. Dental hygiene is an important part to your overall picture of health. Keeping up these all of these things can help ensure you have a beautiful smile. For some folks however, there is more to the story. Standard dental hygiene won’t do quite enough to meet their needs. Crooked or impacted teeth can make it almost impossible to get teeth as clean as they need to be. When a dentist notices a situation like this, they will typically refer you to an orthodontist. You may need braces or some other form of treatment to help treat certain issues. It is the orthodontist’s job to ensure you come out with straight teeth and a perfect smiles.
The list of treatments provided by orthodontists to straighten your teeth is long and quite extensive. If your alignment is in particularly bad shape, you may need several different treatments to get the best results. You’re probably already familiar with the standard braces and the things that go along with them like headgear and retainers. These are still the most commonly used devices in orthodontic treatment, but the game is changing. Technology has allowed for new develops in the field that provide a different path to achieving the perfect smile. Before we get into these things, let’s cover the basics.
If your orthodontic needs are simple and easy to address, you problems may be corrected using just retainers, spacers, or another simple treatment. In rare cases, this is all a patient will need to fix their misaligned teeth or jaw. You may not be so lucky however, and more complicated treatments may be needed. The standard go to for years has been the old and reliable metal braces. Throughout recent history this has been the most commonly used method for treating folks in need of a smile correction. People today however, demand other solutions. For many different reasons, they may not be interested in a treatment that involves obvious and ugly metal braces.
For kids and teenagers social standing is often important. As cruel as it may be, a mouth full of metal braces can have a negative impact on that standing. Additionally, adult orthodontics is becoming more and more common. Many of these adults are professionals who rely on keeping up a certain appearance. Braces could be a distraction in certain situations. The demand of these individuals for alternative solutions has led to some impressive breakthroughs.
The breakthrough I’m speaking of specifically is Invisalign. It’s quite possibly the most advanced method used in the field of orthodontics. If you’re interested in getting that perfect smile, but don’t want anyone to notice along the way, then this is exactly what you’re looking for. Nobody will notice when you’re wearing your Invisalign, and before you know it you’ll have perfectly straight teeth and an even better smile than you already have.
Don’t be afraid to call an orthodontist right away and set up a consultation. They’ll be able to answer your questions in much greater detail than I can. Invisalign is a lot different from standard braces and you might be interested to learn exactly how. Traditional braces start by first attaching a steel bracket to each tooth in need of correction. A thick wire is then generally run between all of these brackets horizontally. Next orthodontists use wires tightened to specific measurements to use tension to pull your teeth into place.
The way Invisalign works isn’t quite so complex. Rather than using a glue or cement that will last years in your mouth, the orthodontist will just take a mold of your teeth. The next step is scanning that mold so that it appears in the Invisalign software. Using some inputs that specify the desired results, an aligner is designed. The next step requires a 3D printer to take the device from an idea to a real product. You’ll wear the Invisalign device, which is made of a clear plastic, over your teeth. Once it’s in place hardly anyone will even notice that it’s there.
Invisalign can serve as the perfect hidden braces for teens or adults. If appearance is important, you want to have the best possible smile. At the same time, if you can avoid having a mouth full of metal while achieving it, why not take that avenue? Go with the most discreet option available. Find an orthodontist that specializes in Invisalign and find out if it’ll work for you.