There is nothing more awkward than having a conversation with someone hiding misaligned clear bracesbiters behind their lips.  We have all been there.  It’s not good for either party involved.  A good time is being had, maybe food is being eaten, drinks are being consumed.  Then they smile and you feel like your face is going to melt like you’re looking into the Arc of the Covenant from Indiana Jones.  They feel awkward because you just jolted back in the middle of a pleasant conversation.  You feel bad because now you’ve made them feel more self-conscious than they were five seconds ago.  This situation is easily avoidable if you seek out early orthodontic treatment.  Even if it is not early for you, contact your local orthodontic office immediately.  There is no sense in delaying the correction of your teeth and your smile.  The longer you wait, the more your teeth are going to grow in badly.  There more that happens, the more expensive it is going to become for you to avoid the physical and societal pains that come with the territory.

People often choose traditional braces as a teeth correction option.  Traditional braces technology involves cementing metal brackets to the front of each tooth and running a wire through them going horizontally across your row of teeth.  Thought out the day, they will gradually be shifting your teeth into their correct position, as well as aligning your bite and jaw.  A lot of people choose traditional braces because they are a cheaper option, though they are very visible.  If you still want traditional braces but want them to be a little less noticeable, you can choose clear braces instead.  Clear braces – often ceramic braces – use the same technology as traditional braces.  The difference is the brackets are not metal.  They are made of composite materials of different levels of transparency in order to blend in with the natural color of your teeth.

If you desire even more discretion, you will definitely want to consider lingual braces as an option.  The great thing about lingual braces is that they are cemented to the back of your teeth.  In case you’re wondering whether you read that correctly, you did.  The back of your teeth.  That way, nobody can see them unless they have some magic power that allows them to wish themselves inside of your mouth.  What you gain in cosmetics with lingual braces, you lose in finances a little bit.  Lingual braces are often the most expensive option.  They will run you upwards of $5000 because they are customized.  Your orthodontist will take mold impressions of your teeth and send them off to a dental laboratory.  After working for about six weeks to create your specified brackets, the lab will send them back to your local orthodontic office.  Your orthodontic specialist will then install them in your mouth.

If you desire discretion, but want something that you can take in and out of your mouth at a moment’s notice, then Invisalign treatment is for you.  You can get Invisalign for kids, Invisalign for teens, and Invisalign for adults.  Invisalign uses clear “trays” that are created using impressions, much like lingual braces.  Your orthodontist will also take X-rays.  They will use the X-rays combined with the impressions to render a 3-D image of your entire mouth and get your perfect Invisalign specifications.  Although they are removable, you must wear your Invisalign trays at least 20 to 22 hours during the day for about a year when the treatment ends.  Every two weeks or so, you will have to trade in your used Invisalign trays for new ones.  When you first start talking with Invisalign, you may sound a little bit like you’re trying to talk under water.  That’s okay.  You get used to it after a while.  The great thing about Invisalign is, if you really need to talk about something important, just remove them temporarily!

Acceledent is a great way to speed up any treatment process.  I really wish it was around when I had braces in middle school.  If you use Acceledent, you will fit the Acceledent device mouthpiece in your mouth around your existing orthodontics for 20 minutes a day.  Acceledent accelerates the movement of your teeth into their correct positions by about 50% using micropulses.

Consult your local orthodontic office to for a consultation.  Some orthodontic specialists even offer a free first consultation in which they will take X-rays and offer a diagnosis.  It is important to make sure your office even offers the treatment that’s right for you.