For a lot of people, their teeth aren’t going to be naturally perfect, and fixing them up will require some money and some time (and, of course, some effort).  The fact is that, according to some very recent research that was performed, one out of every three people in the United States will, at some point in their lives, have something installed into their teeth by their professional orthodontist in order to realign the teeth.  This isn’t something that is hard to understand, and really, let’s face it, most of us are born with some sort of imperfection, or one that will occur at some point in the lifetime.

Now, when your teeth are misaligned, what can you do about it?  There are a myriad of things you can do, and it all depends on how bad off your teeth are as far as their alignment is concerned, and what they look like, as well as what the problem is.  If the problem that you are having is that your teeth are misaligned due to overcrowding, the answer for you may be to get some sort of dental surgery. Sure, this may not be the thing that you are going to be looking forward to, but if you have an overcrowding issue, you are going to need it to be done. Basically, in the case that you’re having an issue with your smile that is caused by overcrowding, you will need to have one (or more) teeth cut out in order to make sure that the rest of them have the space that they are going to need to not just survive, but also to thrive in the mouth.  Thankfully, as far as issues that you can have with your teeth, this is very rare.

braces for adultsMost commonly of all, you will get braces of one form or another.  They’ve been around since the early seventies, and have been fixing the smiles of people world wide since first they arrived on the scene. Now, the big development that allowed them to become so popular, and to be used so regularly in order to realign the teeth, it was an upgrade in dental adhesion technology.  We’ve had dental adhesives for quite some time in this country, but the fact is that for a long time, the view of the proper role of dental adhesives has been somewhat myopic.  In general, the use that people thought of for the dental adhesives was basically to hold things like dentures in place over the long term, and this means that you don’t need something that lasts long.  In fact, it means that you are only going to need to have enough adhesion to last for a few hours at best, because otherwise you’re going to have a lot of hassle involved with the whole ‘removing the dentures for a nightly cleaning in a glass of alka seltzer’ thing.  Once they finally developed some dental adhesives made for the long-term use that braces require, it wasn’t long until braces rose to the fore of the tooth realignment game.

Braces are a simple idea, and they are one that are pretty good at realigning the teeth. So good, in fact, that they are the preferred method of realignment of the teeth for the world as a whole.  They consist of a series of brackets, normally made of metal, but sometimes made of things like porcelain or various ceramics, in order to better allow them to disguise themselves in the mouth and to make sure that they aren’t going to stand out when they’re on the teeth. Over the top of these brackets, you then run a long metal wire which is looped and wrapped around the various brackets in order to make sure that you are applying the right amount of force in the right way to realign the teeth.  Now, in some cases, you can replace the metal, and the brackets, with the use of a hard plastic that is also invisible, custom-made for your smile.  Custom-made invisible braces, are, in fact, extremely popular among those who are demanding the most discreet method of teeth realignment that they can possibly get. Using this idea, this combination of wire and brackets, we have seen more smiles realigned than you could possibly count.

So, if you are looking to improve your smile, and to improve the way that it is presented, you should consider doing so with the use of braces.  All those amazing smiles that have been realigned can’t be wrong!