Maintaining a good physical appearance is certainly one of the easiest ways to make a good first impression – usually, people make judgments of you right away when they first look at you, so their thoughts and opinions about you have been formed in just the first few seconds upon meeting you! It is important to make sure that you have a good first impression, therefore, on any level, and usually one of the first things that a person is going to judge you on is the state of your teeth. All of our favorite models, singers and actors have beautiful straight teeth, and while it’s certainly important to keep your teeth healthy and white (because it gives people the idea that you are cleaner), having straight teeth also gives others that same impression of cleanliness, and you certainly don’t want to miss out on that sort of judgement! Even for adults, there are many orthodontic treatments available to get you back on the right path to better teeth.
Treatments are carried out by the orthodontist, who is a specialist in smile correction and tooth alignment. They also work with jaw alignment. Orthodontists, due to the advancement of orthodontistry, are able to help many, many people with mild and severe problems with their teeth. You can ask to see their portfolio from previous clients, and you should know that they can certainly help many people. Different types of braces will help with several different cases, so depending on what kind of case you have, you will have different options to choose from. You cannot diagnose yourself because of this, so you can only do yourself a favor by scheduling an appointment with one.
If you are someone on the more mild side of misalignment, the orthodontist can suggest the use of retainers instead of braces. Retainers are meant to hold your teeth together for a while, in order to prevent further misalignment. They are also made to be used after a period of wearing braces, too, so that your teeth are held together to make sure that they stay in their newly corrected state. Retainers can be taken off, too, at any given point. You can wear them only when you go to sleep, for example, and take them off during the day.
If you have to use braces, the most important for you to know is the traditional braces, which are made of steel. These braces are made of brackets that are glued to the front of your teeth. There are wires that are connected to the brackets, and the orthodontist will use these to tighten your teeth as you go further along in the treatment. You have seen these braces everywhere – on television and on other kids. We all know these braces. They are obvious and gaudy, and they attract attention from afar. For children, there are options to wear different colors on them, but these are not good for adults, because of their look. They are best for severe cases, because they can help anyone with their malleable means of treatment.
Around the same time metal braces were made, there were also clear braces being made. These braces work just like metal braces do except they are made of clear material (some of them are made of ceramic). While peers may be able to notice them when they are by, it is a bit harder to notice them from afar, since they do not attract as much attention. These are very effective too, helping almost any case, no matter how severe it is. But it isn’t the most discreet option there is.
Lingual braces also use the bracket and wire system to do their magic, but they are glued to the back of the teeth (which makes them pretty magical that way). This method makes them truly hidden, because no one else would be able to tell that you have them on in any way (unless you point them out). But these are pretty uncomfortable to wear you need an eligible case to wear them.
Invisible braces (also known as Invisalign), is basically made up of clear, plastic aligners that are designed by a computer program for you to wear like a mouth guard (very easy to put on and take off). The orthodontist will adjust the scan of your teeth to create the aligner that is appropriate for you treatment, and then it is printed from a 3-D printer. This is of course the most expensive option available for you, but if you can afford, it is the most popular because of their invisibility and their ease.