Before we get too far into this article, I’d like to begin with this disclaimer; no, I’m not talking about supporting local businesses or anything, just pointing out that if you want to go and receive some sort of outpatient medical (dental) care, you’re not likely to be going all the way to the next state over (unless you live somewhere very sparsely populated, anyway). And now, to the task at hand.
When it comes to our teeth, we spend a lot of time and money to make sure they’re the best they can possibly be on a lot of levels. The reason for this isn’t difficult to understand; we like to look good, and to make a good impression on the people that we meet every day, and our teeth and our smile are a big part of that first impression. You must also realize that, in general, we use our smile for a lot of things, dozens of times a day, often even without thinking about it. The only way that you don’t use your smile dozens of times a day is if you’re some sort of shut in who doesn’t ever leave their house, and if that is the case, you need to really reconsider your life choices, fella.
So, when it comes to the teeth, what do you do to make your smile look the best that they can? Well, you work with your local dentist to keep them healthy, as well as spending time and money on your own, at home, to make sure that you brush and floss at least once a day, and hopefully twice a day. What, though, do you do when your teeth aren’t as straight as you’d like them to be? Well, you turn to local orthodontists to help you even them out.
Your local orthodontists will be able to offer you a variety of services, but below, I’ve listed the most frequently used ones for your convenience, and to inform you of what is available to you.
This is the most vital thing that you can get from your local orthodontist, by far. You need to know if you have a problem before you seek out the causes of it, or before you begin treatment.
Your initial meeting with an orthodontist is likely to be a referral from your dentist; if you have an alignment issue, the earlier that you get that referral and have the initial examination, the easier the problem will be to fix.
An examination by your local orthodontist is likely to include a lot of x-rays, poking and prodding of the teeth, and, depending on how tech savvy your local orthodontist is, you may even be able to see a computer rendering of your teeth and bite pattern. Nifty, right?
Once they’ve identified the issue that you’re having, they’ll be able to recommend a course of treatment, something that can help to fix the issue(s) as quickly and efficiently as possible. Braces are a common method.
2. Braces (standard metal braces)
In fact, they’re the most popular method for realigning the teeth, not just in the United States, but around the world. You can find them all around the world, because they are so easy to use, so effective, and most of all, easy to install.
Basically, standard metal braces are a system of metal pieces that you mount to the teeth with a long term dental adhesive. Then you put a wire over the top, and that wire basically creates tension, which will realign the teeth. Throughout the process, you get occasional adjustments until your teeth are perfect.
3. Invisalign, custom-fitted discreet braces for adults and teens.
So, standard braces, they work, and decently well, but they suffer from a simple drawback. Namely, they’re not discreet, at all.
On the other hand, Invisalign aligners are designed around the idea of discretion, along with the idea of making sure that the teeth are straightened, and they do so very effectively. They accomplish both tasks quite capably, because they are made of a hard and clear plastic, allowing the natural colors of the teeth to show through, and making sure that while being discreet, they’re also realigning the teeth to perfection.
So, if you’re looking to improve the alignment of your teeth, to make sure that your smile is as straight and as perfect as they can possibly be, you should consider going to see your local orthodontist and asking them what treatment might be right for you, and if you might be able to take advantage of Invisalign.