When you look at photos of celebrities or models or politicians, you will see the same thing: white, straight teeth. It is so common that it may seem like everyone has beautiful teeth except for you, and considering all the competition between your peers who also have straight teeth, you may feel like you will not be able to make a good first impression. Or you may feel completely unattractive because your smile isn’t something that others want to see. It’s a terrible position to be in, but orthodontic treatment is advancing and with it, come many options to wear braces. First off, you don’t have to worry about wearing braces because there are more discreet options that can help you achieve the beautiful smile that you have been wanting for a while. Also, if it comes to the point that you will have to wear braces at the front of your teeth for any number of reasons – due to low budget or because of the severity of your case – take comfort in the fact that your orthodontic treatment will be temporary for a few months, and then you can spend the rest of your lifetime with the comfort of knowing that you will have a more attractive smile. When you are ready to get braces, you will have to make an appointment with an orthodontist first of all to talk about the different options that are available for your particular needs.
When it comes to choosing between a myriad of braces, it will mostly depend on the small details of your case. You don’t have to make the choice to wear the embarrassing looking metal ones, but it may be a good idea that you learn about the way they work so you can understand the rest. Here is the list:
First off, there are metal braces. These are the obnoxious looking ones that will make you feel as if everyone is paying attention to the fact that you have braces on. They are made of steel, which is essential to the way they work as they help in the giving proper alignment to your teeth. The system that they work on consists of two parts: brackets, which are glued to the front of your teeth, and wires, which connect them all and are the tool that orthodontics use in order to tighten the braces throughout time as the treatment continues. These metal braces are highly effective in treating all kinds of orthodontic cases, which makes them extremely versatile. For those on a budget, these are least expensive as well, which is why they are so common, but not popular.
Secondly, there are also clear braces, which is essentially by its very nature of its mechanism a copy of metal braces. They work the same way, down to their brackets and their wires, except that they are not made of steel. They are made of different materials that make them clear and see through, or of a ceramic alloy which allows them blend well with your teeth. They should give an illusion that they are not there. These are not completely unnoticeable however, but they do avoid getting so much attention that normal metal braces seem to get.
Third, there are also lingual braces for patients who are really adamant about the privacy and discreet necessities of wearing braces that no one can see. What makes lingual braces popular is because these are among the most unnoticeable type of braces, which is why they have another name: hidden braces. They are put on behind the teeth, away from public vision, which will give you the privacy of dealing with the orthodontic treatment on your own without having to have anybody else know. It sounds magnificent, but there are some setbacks to this method. First of all, they are not comfortable (just think about where they are in the mouth, wedged into the roof of your mouth). Secondly, not everyone is eligible to wear them. Normal braces are variable and malleable to the dental case that is applied, but lingual braces aren’t, so you will need to have the right orthodontic case for this option to work for you.
Fourth, you have invisible braces, and they are among the most popular. They are plastic molds that are specifically designed to the shape of the patient’s mouth, and they attach to the teeth much like a mouth guard, so there is no need for wires or glue. A computer software program designs them after taking a scan of a mold of your teeth. Think of Invisalign, as this is the most well-known example of what invisible braces are. However, these are so much more costly in comparison to the other treatment methods, so it is up to you to make sure that you have the budget to use this treatment option.