Eventually, there will be a time in your life when you are going to have to talk to your parents about getting braces on – they will either start that conversation or you will! Putting braces on is really no big deal. While it can seem that you need to get nervous about them, putting braces on is just a normal way of getting through your life (you should think to yourself that it’s better to put them on now when you’re this young than when you are an adult, since it’s harder for them). You actually have a lot of malleable options that you can pick from (depending on how your teeth look), so when the time comes and you sit through that first appointment with the orthodontist, you should know that almost all tooth misalignment cases can be corrected with 100% improvement, and that once your treatment is done, you never really have to worry about it again!
The specialist who will be putting on the braces for you is the orthodontist, a specialist in orthodontics, or the study of tooth and jaw alignment. They will be the ones to assist you in your journey through smile correction. You do not need a referral to see one – even if you do get a referral from the dentist, it really is for your own benefit, and all it takes is several months of treatment before you see the smile that you have been hoping for. There are many different kinds of options available for you, and depending on your specific case, you may be able to choose something that is discreet and secretive – that way, no one else would have to know that you have them on, or anything. But the best way to find out is to speak to one directly.
Maybe the orthodontist will suggest that you wear retainers first, if he or she thinks that your case is mild enough. Retainers are a custom fitted wire that is designed specifically for the shape of your mouth, and they are meant to hold teeth in place for a while. They are used to prevent further misalignment mishaps in the future (if the orthodontist can see there is a risk of that), or after a period of wearing braces for treatment to continue to hold the teeth in place. They are discreet and are easy to put on and take off.
The first type of braces we will discuss are metal braces, which are made of steel. We are all familiar with these: they look pretty much obvious and tacky. They consist of metal brackets that are applied to the front of the teeth, and there are wires that are connected throughout that the orthodontist will use to tighten teeth into proper alignment. The pros to these? They are the cheapest option available, and they are extremely malleable. They can help anyone from mild cases to pretty severe ones. But these are just not acceptable for any adults because of the way they look.
For those who are hoping for a little bit more discretion, there is the option of wearing ceramic braces (also called clear braces). These work exactly like the metal braces do, except the brackets that are glued to the front of the teeth are made of a ceramic alloy. This makes it so that they are not screaming for attention. They work for any and every case, and they are also one of the cheaper options for treatments. But there are much better choices for discretion, because peers will be able to tell that these are part of your treatment.
If you are needing more discretion, one of the best options for that are the lingual braces, which work on the same bracket and wire system but they are glued to the back of the teeth instead of the front. They are called hidden braces for this reason! These are incredibly uncomfortable to wear, though, so you will need tolerance as well as an eligible case for them. They are effective in treatment, but not so for severe cases, because they will not be able to fit considering where they are placed.
Also for moderate cases of misalignment is Invisalign, which is a clear plastic aligner that is worn like a mouth guard. A computer program takes a scan of a mold of your teeth, and the orthodontist uses the program to create an aligner that is then printed by a 3-D printer. You have to pay for a replacement aligner every two weeks to continue treatment, which makes this the most expensive treatment available.Comments Off