You don’t have to be a shallow person to care about your appearance. In fact, you may not understand why it is that you want to look good, but the reason is, generally speaking, is that it makes you feel good. Most of us don’t really know the reasons why we do what we do when it comes down to things that we’ve been doing forever, but we do them and we care about them because it has become second nature, and we don’t even think about it. If you were to go into the bathroom right now and look at yourself in the mirror, what is it that you think you think you’d see? Would you look at yourself in a purely superficial sense? Would you go deeper and analyze yourself in a psychologically? Would you keep a straight face or would you smile? These questions might not mean much to you if you’ve never thought about what the implications may be because maybe you’ve never asked them. If you’re not the type of person that would naturally like to smile in this scenario when you’re sizing yourself up, then there’s a reason for that. There could be a deep psychological issue and if that’s the case, I’ll leave that alone, but you could have some self-esteem issues, or it could be a whole lot simpler than that; you may not like your smile.
If you don’t like your smile, then you probably know exactly why. I’m quite certain that it has something to do with its aesthetic appeal and you allow it to affect the way you feel about yourself. Well, that’s not good but I can tell you that it’s okay and you’re not alone. Many people feel self-conscious about their smiles, so many in fact, that there are so many orthodontists in business now that there are many to choose from. Even if you lived in a reasonably large city 20 years ago, it seemed that there were only so many choices for your oral care needs within the vicinity. Now, there is an orthodontist on every corner it seems and that means that there is competition and you as the consumer, are going to benefit from that industry competition as a result. Everyone’s got to make a living, orthodontists included, and since most employer dental plans were never that great anyway, many professionals in the oral care sphere have banded together and began dental facilities that are different from what you’re used to.
You’re probably used to going into an office building, walking to the elevator, and then pressing a button to go up to whatever floor your dentist or orthodontist office was located on. Well, if you look around today, you’ll see that there are dental care facilities popping up inside strip malls and taking up what used to be retail space. A lot of employer dental plans that were offered along with much more favorable medical plans, in most cases, only covered maybe 20% of your dental or orthodontics related care. Compare that to extremely low medical insurance deductibles and copays and it’s easy to start wondering why it was that there was such a disparity. These days, big changes are happening in the medical care industry as the Affordable Care Act takes shape, but before Obama was even elected president, the dental and orthodontistry industry was undergoing many changes of its own.
The fact is, if you don’t like the face that is staring back at you when you look in the mirror and show your teeth, then there’s never been a time like now to affordably, and in many cases, discreetly correct your smile. Braces take time, but it’s important to understand that other methods used to straighten teeth do as well, but they don’t have to be as obvious as the sometimes very painful traditional bracket braces. There are clear braces that are commonly referred to as Invisalign, where transparent molds of your teeth are made where there is a progressive change occurring in their alignment that as you go from one to another, your teeth are slowly being straightened out in the process. The best part about Invisalign is that the molds are almost paper-thin and they’re transparent, so they’re very hard to detect. With this method, you can straighten your smile over the course of a year, or sometimes a little more, without having to feel embarrassed or self-conscious about feeling like you’re an adult in a kid’s world, simply because you got braces later in life as opposed to when everyone else you know had them.