Ah yes, the smile.  That thing that we put an insane amount of work into making sure it can look as perfect as possible.  That thing that we judge the trustworthiness of politicians based on (although I mean this to be a joke, you would actually be terrified to find that this is more often than not the case.  Consider, for example, how much better John F Kennedy did than Richard M Nixon when the debate results were polled from people who had watched the debates verse people who heard them.  If you think that the way that you look doesn’t have a real impact on how things go for you in your day-to-day life, you are completely fooling yourself).  The thing that can make your life a lot easier or make it a lot harder, depending on how it looks.

We have spent a lot of time and money, as a species, in figuring out how to make our smile look the best that it possibly can.  And there are a couple of reasons for this.  Sure, one of the big ones is because, as a species, as a group of people, we are absurdly vain.  You don’t see our kind of vanity anywhere else in the animal kingdom (yet.  I have high hopes that we someday will, though.  Vanity 2016!), and the smile is a big part in how you are perceived to look, which is why the value of a great family orthodontist is something that cannot be overstated.

Then, of course, there are also health benefits.  And while you may wonder what the health benefits could possibly be, let me tell you that they are very real.  Basically, your teeth are very similar to tires in the way that they wear; there is a designed way that they are meant to be used and worn down, and a deviation from this intelligent design (har har) is going to be a bad thing.  If your teeth are wearing incorrectly, you can cause real damage to them over the long term, and that can lead to you needing things like veneers, dentures, or dental implants just so that your smile looks like it should.  This is especially the case if one tooth in particular is bearing a lot of the load of the forces applied when the mouth is engaged in an action like chewing.  So what can be done to fix the smile?  Here are just a few things that your orthodontist can offer you.

1.  Surgery

Orthodontic specialist help diagnose malocclusions, and in this case, the diagnosis would have to be a pretty grim one.  In fact, it is a pretty rare reaction to the fact that your teeth are out of alignment, but it does happen.  If the issues that you are having stem from some sort of overcrowding, then you might find that surgery is the only way to really fix the issue and make sure that it stays fixed.  However, as I said, this is pretty rare.

2.  Standard Braces

in some cases, orthodontists recommend invisalign for kidsWhen it comes to braces, well, they are pretty much the most common name in the game when it comes to fixing up the smile.  They’ve been in use since the early seventies, and they are basically synonymous with cosmetic smile correction.  They consist of a series of metal brackets, affixed to the teeth with the use of a long term dental adhesive, and over the top of which is run a long metal wire which will provide the appropriate forces in order to move your teeth into the proper alignment.  Of course, just because they are common doesn’t mean that they are the best game in town.

3  Clear Braces

Clear braces are great, like the braces known by the name ‘Invisalign’ (and the trademark Invisalign as well haha).  Invisalign braces help correct crooked smiles, just like standard metal braces, but they have a slight advantage that you should absolutely take into consideration; namely, they have the advantage that they don’t end up having to be affixed to the teeth, and that they are, as the name would lead one to expect, invisible, more or less, when they are placed on the teeth. This being the case, not only can they fix up your smile and its alignment, but they can do so in a way that make sure you have the utmost in discretion while doing so.

So, if you are looking to make sure that your smile can look the best that it has ever looked, you should ask your local orthodontist which treatment might be right for you. Doing so will allow you to get the smile that you have always dreamed of, and the smile that you deserve.