When you or your children need to see a professional orthodontic specialist, you may be worried about what’s to follow. The fact is, millions of adults and children see an orthodontist for their teeth straightening needs. It’s not nearly as bad as you may think. There are ways to be discreet about your treatment. If you don’t want to be obvious about, there are different choices for you. There are even options available today that are much less invasive than regular braces. Don’t be alarmed when your dentist alerts you to the fact that you or someone in your family needs to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist, plenty of other people have been through it. Most are even happy with the results, after all, they come out with a perfectly straight smile in the usual cases.
Metal braces are the first thing everyone thinks of when they find out they need to go the orthodontist. They may be terrified of endless nights filled with headgear and retainers. It’s not something you should be worried about though, headgear is only used in the most extreme cases, and retainers aren’t bad to deal with. Traditional braces have been proven to work, and that’s why they’re still so common. Even so, you do have some options when it comes to treatment. Here are just a few:
- Clear Braces – Clear braces function just like regular braces. Brackets are affixed to the teeth, and wires are run between them. Tension is then applied to shift and pull the teeth into place. The big difference lies in the appearance. Clear braces are made to look the same color as your teeth, helping them blend in so they’re harder to notice. It’s a great option if you’re looking for discretion but need the reliability of traditional braces.
- Lingual Braces - If you’re orthodontist offers lingual braces, you know she’s good at her job. They can be difficult to get in place, and therefore they cost more money. But if you’re looking for true discretion, this is your answer. They still have brackets and wires, so you know they work well, but they’re placed in the back of the teeth. That way people can’t see them. They were actually developed in the 70s for models who wanted to continue working while undergoing smile correction treatment.
- Titanium Braces - Some people can’t use steel braces because they are actually allergic to them. It may sound crazy, but nickel allergies are fairly common. Nickel is used to make steel, making steel braces unusable for these people. Titanium is perfect in these situations, but it does cost more.
- Gold-plated braces - Another solution for nickel allergies is gold-plating. Steel places with gold-plating won’t bother these folks. They have the added benefit of a flashy look as well. Some people choose them even though they don’t suffer from an allergy.
Though all unique, all of these braces use the same basic methods that have been in use for years. Your mouth will be full of metal during the entire course of treatment. It makes cleaning your teeth and eating more difficult than you may want like. Remember that the process can take from a few months to a few years, so you’ll have to prepared to deal with the situation for a while. Food gets stuck in braces often, so you’ll have to keep a toothbrush with you all the time, and you’ll want to be checking often. You’ll also have to cut some things out of your diet completely. Another drawback is the pain experience as tension pulls your teeth into place. It’s nice to be able to avoid that if possible. Fortunately there are some other options out there, but they won’t work for everybody. Take a look at a couple of the choices you might have if you’re lucky!
- Spring Aligners - Only the luckiest few will find spring aligners work for them. They’re a noninvasive method that you should definitely use if your alignment issues are not too severe. They won’t cost as much as braces either. The problem is, they’ll usually only address issues in the front of the mouth, like your first few teeth.
- Invisalign braces for adults and teens - If you don’t want traditional braces, and you don’t want anyone to notice your treatment, you should look into Invisalign. This is the ultimate in smile correction treatment, and is one of the newer products on the market. The clear plastic aligners are even able to be removed at will. Eating, drinking, and cleaning your teeth is no problem at all when using Invisalign. It won’t work for everyone, but I’d definitely check with your orthodontist if it sounds like an interesting product to you.