Living in this highly competitive world can be difficult enough without having to overcome unnecessary obstacles. Obstacles present themselves in many different forms and as individuals, we all have a mixed bag of unique challenges that if we are able to overcome, can learn many things and become stronger people. A common problem that many of us have is our teeth, in fact, it’s not very common for people to have perfect smiles at all. Fortunately for many of us, our parents got us into an orthodontist when we were kids or teenagers to get braces. When it comes to braces; the earlier, the better because it’s easier to move a smile into place before it forms than it is later in life after it’s already fully formed and teeth have settled into their natural places. It will most likely take longer to fix them later in life as well, because if they don’t come in straight and braces weren’t installed, they’ll likely be moving into places that end up far further (from an orthodontics perspective) from alignment than they were when they were brand new and coming in.
We’re all pretty fortunate people and if our parents had the foresight and financial means to get us braces, that’s make us even more fortunate. Even if they didn’t, whether the reason was financial or they simply didn’t believe that they were necessary, living in a time where there’s something that you can do about it an any stage of your life is something to celebrate. The older you get though, the easier it to feel out-of-place and self-conscious about getting braces and those who understand this in the orthodontic innovation field, have invented new ways to obscure the teeth straightening process. If we could just all zap our smiles into alignment instantaneously, we’d probably be willing to pay more for that service than we would for braces that take time and in some instances, some pain in the process of moving them into place. Well, we’re not at a point where technology is available where we can go ‘poof’, and all of a sudden have a straight and impeccable smile, but there is some pretty impressive technology available to get the job done in a quite inconspicuous manner.
The technology that I speak of is called Invisalign and tens of thousands of patients have opted for this particular teeth straightening method over traditional braces. This is because it doesn’t involve metal brackets, wires or frequent adjustment appointments at all. With Invisalign, what happens is that a technologically advanced mapping instrument is placed in your mouth and your entire smile from front to back is surveyed and then digitally displayed through corresponding orthodontic software. The software then produces a series of digital images of your smile, each with small corrections that gradually move the patient’s teeth into alignment. Then, a 3-D printer is used to physically produce these images and a series of aligners made out of hard, thin, transparent plastic teeth molds that the patient progresses through over the course of six or more or months in most cases, and they gently bring their smile into alignment. The best part about this method is that it’s very discreet and even celebrities and TV personalities feel comfortable using it because they’re so hard to detect, especially when compared to braces. Just go online and search for ‘Invisalign celebrities” and you’ll see what I mean.
There are other ways to correct your smile as well, but they’re not exactly as difficult to notice as Invisalign. Like I said earlier about us all being individuals and having our own personal obstacles to overcome, this applies to our teeth as well. Where we are and where we want to eventually go are determining factors involved with what kind of procedure is going to be the most appropriate. Finances also come into play as well, so at least several different matters need to be taken into consideration when a person is looking into adult braces. If perfection is what you want, then Invisalign might not be able to get you there because there are limitations as to what it can do. Braces might be the only option to get your smile to the point that you deem it acceptable but there are clear and ceramic options available that can make them less discreet. Talking to your orthodontist is the best way to understand what’s best for you, your smile and your budget, so go ahead and do some research and make the phone call, they’ll be happy to help.