Getting braces may be an event in one’s life that they are indifferent about or it can be anything but. The emotions that one feels about this procedure range from excitement to anxiousness and it all depends on the patient’s individual situation. Kids who get braces often know that they do not really have a choice in the matter and all of their friends already have them anyway so they do not often care all that much. Sometimes they are excited about the matter because with all of the color insert options that are available with some orthodontists, kids often think that braces are actually kind of cool. Adults on the other hand may be excited about the idea of finally being able to do something about a smile they have been insecure about for years; however correcting their teeth using typical, stainless steel brackets and wiring may not bring the best thoughts to the forefront in their minds.
Orthodontics for adults takes a much wider list of concerns into account than the one involving kids. Parents often take their family dentist or orthodontist’s recommendation when they say that they need braces and are often just looking for the most affordable and effective care option, which uses traditional stainless steel brackets. There are not typically any social consequences to speak for a child in their early adolescence when they get braces installed but the older that one gets, the less common they are among their peers and the greater the desire is to disguise their appearance to an extent. That is why since about the 1980s some orthodontists began offering alternative bracket options that were made out of materials that blended into their patient’s teeth better.
Bracket technology has been evolving since the late 1930s when they were still a part of the metal bands that were wrapped around the base of their patient’s individual teeth, before dental adhesive was invented. By the time that dental adhesive was ready for safe application and could be used to attach brackets directly to the face of orthodontic patient’s teeth, many bracket designs had already been patented and some were made out of ceramic and transparent plastic. Stainless steel provides a stark contrast when applied to teeth and the natural bone color of ceramic helps reduce that contrast, transparent plastic brackets aid in the process as well. The self-litigating bracket design works with stainless steel, ceramic and plastic, so no compromises have to be made in the bracket’s design in order achieve a more incognito look.
Any orthodontist understands the concerns that kids have compared to those of adults are completely different and need to be dealt with accordingly. Sometimes when an adult needs braces it is because of a greater health concern that they have developed as a result of their teeth not coming in correctly or their jaw not being properly aligned. Most of the time though, when an adult is considering braces the aesthetic appeal of their smile is their foremost concern. In these cases, Invisalign may be the best way for them to achieve a smile they can be confident about and they can do it without anyone having to know, because it does not require brackets or wiring of any kind like braces. Invisalign hit the orthodontic market in 2000 and has been changing people’s lives, mostly adults, ever since.
The technologies of digital computer imaging and 3-D printing have made the Invisalign teeth straightening method possible. After a special surveying instrument is used to collect every detail about a patient’s teeth, the information gathered is used to create a digital image of the patient’s smile. Then, the Invisalign software produces more images that gradually come into alignment with small adjustments that are made with each one. Typically, 8-12 images are rendered and a 3-D printer literally manifests them in a physical sense in the form of ‘aligners’ that the patient wears for 2-3 weeks each in accordance with the schedule laid out for them by their orthodontist. This process takes far less time than braces do and can yield some very impressive results for ideal candidates.
Many before and after pictures can be found online that show drastic transformations of people’s smiles after using the Invisalign method. It is not just for adults either, Invisalign teen has made many teenager’s lives better without anyone being able to see that they are even straightening their teeth like they would be able to see if they were wearing braces of some kind. Teenagers and adults alike are more sensitive about the idea of braces than kids are, so those who are eligible for the Invisalign treatment are often relieved.