Those who are looking to correct their smiles should know a few things about orthodontics and have a general understanding about its history in order to truly appreciate how far it has come. The advent of new technology that has entered into the orthodontic sphere has helped orthodontist effectively do their jobs by using less invasive and cumbersome methods and it in turn has helped their patients more comfortably correct things about their smiles they are uncomfortable with. There did not use to really be any choices if you wanted to straighten your teeth because there was only one method but now that things have changed and the landscape has opened up a bit you may find yourself in new and exciting territory where the possibilities that are now available make you more open to doing something about your smile.
One’s childhood is typically the best time to proactively deal with any possible orthodontic matters with regard to teeth coming in straight as opposed to crooked. This is the time when a family dentist may take notice of any potential issues and then refer the parent of the adolescent child to an orthodontist to deal with under or over bite issues, as well as common alignment and contour challenges that are clearly beginning to take shape. When these things are not dealt with during this phase of a child’s life, it is not the end of the world; it just has to be dealt with later using more reactive actions instead of proactive ones because with each passing day their smiles continue to form and are possibly moving further out-of-place than they would have been allowed had they be administered spacers, a retainer or braces. Childhood is a much more convenient time to deal with any of these issues for social and practical reasons but it is never too late to do something about your smile if you believe that it will make you more comfortable with yourself. At any age, an orthodontist who is proficient in applying braces and administering the relatively new Invisalign technique can provide their professional recommendation regarding the matter in order to provide the best possible results for their patients.
Braces are not only offered with just metal brackets and wiring as your only option. There are ways to make the braces process more obscured by using transparent plastic brackets or ceramic that create a less obvious contrast but they are often not enough to make people to decide to do something about their smiles. Most people believe that the notion of getting braces during their adulthood is a nerve-wracking concept and they more often than not choose to do nothing about the issue instead of putting up with what the judgment or distraction that will be caused in their personal professional lives among those with whom they interact. This may or may not be true but if it is reality in your mind then it is indeed your personal reality and it cannot be ignored. For this reason mainly Invisalign braces are a wonderful alternative to braces because they do not require metal, ceramic or plastic brackets and wiring at all and it is a relatively low-maintenance and invisible solution to the age-old teeth straightening problem. Orthodontists like recommending this method to people who are good candidates for it because when the same results can be produced by using Invisalign instead of applying braces, a lot of time and effort can be saved and everyone wins.
Not everyone is a perfect candidate for Invisalign though so don’t get your hopes up quite yet. It is not a bad idea to go online and look up some before and after pictures of people who have gotten the Invisalign treatment, you may even see notable TV personalities and celebrities who have had it done. This may give you a frame of reference as to what can be accomplished if you were to find a smile that resembled your own. Every situation is different though and no one can tell you that Invisalign will work for you or not besides an orthodontist so you should really just schedule an appointment. Invisalign used hard, very thin transparent plastic aligners that are custom-fit to the contours of your teeth containing small adjustments that pushed your smile into alignment by wearing them every day. These aligners are made using a 3-D printer after a high-tech teeth mapping apparatus is inserted into your mouth to gather information it can be sent to the orthodontic software to produce digital images of the gradual transformation of your smile. The technology is amazing and the results are even more so if you are an ideal candidate. Those who can get the results they want by using Invisalign instead of braces rarely choose braces over Invisalign because who wants to let the world know they are correcting their teeth if they don’t have to?