The dentist can only do so much as to make sure that your smile is healthy and clean, which is definitely necessary for your health, as well as for a beautiful smile. But if you are wanting cosmetic braces, a dentist will be able to refer you to a good orthodontist that will be able to work with you on your concerns about the way your smile looks. The initial consultation with the orthodontist will cover some of the basics such as what you are looking for in terms of treatment, how concerned are you with the way you look with the treatment worn and what kinds of options are better for you and your specific case. It may be that you have a more mild case and all you need is a retainer, which gives a more gentle manipulation on the way your teeth are aligned since it holds teeth together. If your case isn’t as mild as is necessary for the effective use of a retainer, then the orthodontist will suggest the use of braces, of which there are several options.
The person you will talk to for the use of cosmetic braces will be the orthodontist, a specialist in tooth and jaw alignment, if you will. The orthodontist will be a helpful resource for all of your questions and concerns, and they will have the answers to your questions. This essay will attempt to list the kinds of treatment options that are available to many patients, but it is by no means an effective method of diagnosing yourself. Only the orthodontist will be able to tell you what it is you need, so take a breath and make that initial appointment with one.
For those of you with a mild case, the orthodontist will only suggest either the use of a retainer, a veneer or a spacer. These treatment options give a more gentle tug and push to the teeth to align them properly. The retainer specifically is meant to hold teeth together in order to prevent further misalignment. Those who need a bit more than that, the orthodontist will suggest different kinds of braces for you to consider. What you choose will depend entirely on your situation – are you a teenager who is fine with the idea of wearing your braces to school (or not) or are you an adult who is seriously very wary of the idea – since it may be a big hinderance to your social life due to the stigma that they have as only for use on children and teenagers, or that they may be entirely unprofessional to wear them in the corporate office? Whatever your case, you speak with the orthodontist to get your treatment.
It’s good to know what traditional braces are like. These are the ones we think about when we think of the word “braces.” They are made of steel, and they use these brackets that are applied to the front of the teeth that need alignment, and they are all connected through metal wires that the orthodontist will use to tighten the teeth. These are extremely effective in treatment, and they are cost-friendly, which is why they are the most common type of braces that you will see on others.
Of course, there’s the worry of being ridiculed for wearing those braces, and for those are indeed worried, there is the option to use clear braces instead, which are designed much like the normal braces except the material they are made up of make them look see through. They are not completely unnoticeable. Anyone who will give enough attention to your mouth will see that they are there, but they are certainly much more quiet than the traditional steel braces, for sure.
The other option would be the lingual braces, which are glued behind the teeth, and since they are not glued to the front, they are extremely unnoticeable. But, they are uncomfortable to wear and the application process is much more complex than the traditional or clear braces. They are also not nearly as effective, so the orthodontist will have to determine whether or not you are eligible for this treatment method.
There is also Invisalign, which is proven to be incredibly effective as well for those who are eligible (neither of these last two options are for severe cases). These are individualized to each person, and they are very clear and very unnoticeable to anyone else, so this is an excellent option to utilize (and certainly the most ideal option for adults in the corporate office). You will need to consistently exchange your aligner over time as your correction proceeds over time, as you visit the orthodontist every two weeks. It makes this treatment certainly an expensive option in relation to the others that have been listed so far, but considering that they are invisible and comfortable, it may be that they are better for most people.