Of all the things that we are taught about beauty, having white, straight teeth is certainly on that top of the list for maintaining a beautiful appearance, even though it’s not blatantly obvious all the time. Think about it: we see many commercials about whitening strips for the teeth that are supposed to make them crystal white, which is our new measurement for tooth cleanliness, but we see fewer commercials about orthodontics (save the Invisalign ones). That’s pretty much because everyone that is in front of the camera literally has straight teeth. We don’t really recognize it as something that has to be advertised, and for those of us that have crooked teeth, we see through social comparison that we must straighten our teeth for good.
If you are the kind of person that is very self-conscious about your smile and are hoping to improve it, there are several options out there for you. The dentist won’t be able to help you much as far cosmetic reasons go, but they can definitely refer you to an orthodontist in Denver, who is the specialist for tooth and jaw alignment that you will need to talk to. Any lingering questions or concerns that you may have will be answered by the orthodontist, and after the initial consultation, you will have enough information to be able to understand what kinds of options are good for you. This list will provide some information of the more common braces that are available for treatment in case you are anxious with curiosity.
As far tooth alignment goes, we should speak briefly about retainers to get them out of the way. If your case is more mild, the orthodontist will opt to use retainers for treatment at first, which is a good way to go since they are somewhat discreet (this should be good news to those who are worried about the way they will look with braces on, since there’s such a social stigma against them). As stated before, these are for mild cases, so if your case is anything but, this will certainly not be a good method for you. Not to worry, as there are still several options out there. Speaking of which, we should first talk about the traditional standard braces, which all know and hate.
The traditional braces are made of steel, and they have brackets that are applied to each tooth that needs adjustment. There are wires attached to each bracket, and the orthodontist uses them to tighten the brackets, which end up manipulating the teeth into adjustment. These types of braces are normally worn by children and tweens, and because of that, this is not a good option for adults. But lo and behold, there are other better braces for adults when you consider the advancing technology in orthodontics.
One of those quiet treatment methods would be clear braces (also called ceramic braces). These braces work exactly like traditional braces except that they are made of clear materials, which lean towards the invisible side. They are still noticeable, but it may take some attention towards the mouth for peers and colleagues to notice them. These are extremely effective in treatment, and are the more cost-friendly option among the other discreet methods.
Hidden braces, or lingual braces, are among the better discreet methods for adults who are really wanting something very quiet. These are glued to the back of the mouth, and they are completely unnoticeable to peers. The drawback to these kinds of braces however is that they are pretty uncomfortable to wear. The application procedure is complex, and you will need careful attention from the orthodontist while he applies them. Also, your case pretty much has to be eligible to wear them, since they are not for severe cases.
Another good option would be the use of invisible braces (Invisalign). These are clear, plastic aligners that are created by a computer program and printed through the 3-D printer. They are specially designed for each individual person, as the computer measures out a mold of the structure of the teeth first, and then the orthodontist designs the right aligner depending on your needs. Every two weeks, you will need a new aligner (that would make sense, much like over time, braces need to be tightened more as the tooth alignment improves). You can imagine that this will be a more expensive option in comparison to the others, and if you happen to lose and aligner, it will be costly to replace. But maybe the cost would be worth the ease of effort in treatment for you?