Choosing a cosmetic dentist can be a difficult task, but it is an important one in the modern world we live in. This is because one out of every three people, according to recent estimates, will, at some point in their life, need some sort of tooth alignment correction. This obviously is to say nothing of the people who will need other services like dentures or recent developments for replacing a single tooth.
The common thing that people go to see cosmetic dentists for is to get minor improvements to their teeth, gums, and, really, just the overall look of their mouth and the contents of it. Among other procedures, the most common procedure is to straighten the teeth.
Man has been attempting to straighten their imperfect teeth for millennia, going back to the time of Aristotle, with varying degrees of success. Back in his day, the attempts were cruel, and mostly resembled what we would think of as orthodontic headgear today. The various materials, too, were crude, mostly gold and various gold alloys of the day, plus a stand-in for elastic known as ‘catgut’, which is made of exactly what the name suggests, the intestines of cats (and remember, people are putting this in their mouths). It mostly was used to keep the teeth straight, attempt to make them more straight than they were before, and, when left in the mouths of the deceased, was there to protect the mouth and ensure that it didn’t collapse after death, ensuring that the lucky individual would arrive in the afterlife with a mouth in working order.
For quite some time, headgear and headgear-like treatment methods were pretty much the only game in town as far as cosmetic dentistry for fixing the alignment of the teeth. That all changed in the 1950s.
In the 1950s, the idea of braces was first conceived, and by all accounts, it was quite the improvement over the headgear that as in common use at the time. However, there was an issue; there was no way to successfully mount the braces on the teeth for the long-term, due to the fact that there didn’t exist an appropriate dental adhesive for such a long-term application. Most dental adhesives of the time were geared toward extremely short-term uses, things like dentures and the like, holding them in place for a few hours during the day and then requiring reapplying. Thankfully, in the 1970s, an appropriate dental adhesive formula was made, and braces came into use as a treatment option.
Braces were a real step up from the headgear that preceded them, and it wasn’t hard to see why. Patients liked them because no longer did they need to have plastic and metal on their head telling the entire world that they were realigning their teeth. Dentists and orthodontists liked them because they were simpler, by far, than headgear. In fact, they would remain the simplest form of treatment until the late 90s.
And this brings us to what you need to look for when choosing a cosmetic dentist. You want someone who has access to, and knowledge of, the latest and greatest in discreet tooth realignment technology and treatment techniques. You want someone who has the skill, equipment, and is up to date enough to utilize Invisalign braces.
Invisalign discreet braces are the newest game in town, and already they’re making gains in market share over their competition. Finding the right dentists means finding someone who has the technological prowess needed to make use of Invisalign, a superior method of straightening teeth and improving the smile. They’ll need to be able to use the data they receive from images, x-rays, and a bite impression of your teeth in order to craft, with the help of computer technology, a series of aligners which will be worn sequentially. These aligners will, step by step, realign the teeth into a more optimal alignment pattern. Each aligner will be worn for two weeks, and then discarded, and at the end you’re left with a perfect smile.
So, if you’re in the market for a new cosmetic dentist and having trouble finding the right dentists, be sure to consider the treatment plans that they’re equipped to offer you. Almost any dentist will be able to offer you braces to treat maladjusted teeth, but if you want something else, you’ll have to look for the people at the top of their game, the people who can provide you with Invisalign, the newest in teeth-straightening technology.