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Want To Straighten Your Teeth? Here’s What You Need To Know
Choosing to straighten your teeth is a big decision that affects not only your appearance, but your lifestyle as well. As an adult, you may be looking to improve your smile for business and social reasons, or even for a special occasion like your wedding day. Or, perhaps you’re a teen or the parent of a teen looking for an effective yet modern-day solution.
Did You Know?
Braces are the most commonly used fixed orthodontic appliance in the U.S. Invented in the early 1800’s, these devices have since become widely popular. At any given time, at least 4 million people in the U.S. are undergoing orthodontic treatment. The majority of them are children and teens, although the U.S. has seen a sharp increase in adult orthodontics over the past few decades.
Here are some of the most common orthodontic treatments:
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and less visible than other braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. Clear ceramic braces should not be confused with Invisalign® clear aligners, another option for more discrete orthodontic treatment. Also, clear braces use brackets that reduce the orthodontic treatment time and the number of adjustments.
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and arch wires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile. Some patients like to decorate their braces with color around the holidays or around their favorite sports team.
Invisalign is another treatment that works for most patients and allows the patient to remove the Invisalign trays when eating.
Like braces, it is painless and through a series of different sized trays, your teeth slowly move each week until the desired result is achieved monitored by the doctor to ensure the alignment is not affecting the health of other teeth.
Here are some of the advantages:
- The Clear Alternative To Adult Braces: Invisalign aligners are made of a virtually invisible plastic. In fact, you’ll be surprised to find out how many people won’t even notice you’re going through treatment. They work slowly over time changing trays as needed until the teeth are straight.
- Live Life the Way You Want: With Invisalign smooth, comfortable aligners, there are no irritating brackets or wires to worry about and no food restrictions that will change your eating habits. Plus with fewer doctor visits, they fit conveniently into your busy lifestyle.
- Maintain Oral Hygiene: The treatment not only straightens your teeth, it allows you to continue to brush and floss as normal since the aligners are removable. As you know, having straight teeth can not only affect your oral health, it can impact your professional and social life as well.