Maybe on your most recent visit to the dentist, orthodontic treatment was suggested to you. Dentists are in charge of keeping your teeth and mouth healthy and clean, but they cannot help when it comes to malocclusion (misalignment) issues. On the other hand, maybe you just aren’t happy with the way your smile looks. The reason for visiting an orthodontist doesn’t have to be medical. Plenty of orthodontists are more than willing to help with cosmetic braces to suit your needs. Whether you’re acting on a recommendation, or you’ve taken the initiative yourself, the first step in the process is going to be finding the perfect orthodontist for your needs.
It is fairly typical for a dentist to refer you to particular orthodontist. It’s always a good idea to follow-up on this lead and see if you mesh well with recommended doctor. Head to the internet and compare his or her reviews with other orthodontic specialists in your area. Pay careful attention to all reviews, both positive and negative. It may help to create a list of some of your top choices.
You’ll also want to look into the orthodontist’s (or their practice’s) standing in the community. You want to go with someone who has a solid reputation for caring for her patients. You really need them to be in tune with your treatment needs. Having someone who is willing to explore all the options is a great thing to have when it comes to your smile correction treatment. Make sure the orthodontist you choose is in tune with your needs and concerns. It makes the process a lot smoother.
Another important factor when it comes to choice of orthodontist is the variety of services they offer. Of course you know that all of them will have the standard treatment methods. Braces, retainers, and spacers are all still commonly used by all. There is a good reason for this, they are extremely effective and hard to replace when it comes to results. It’s good to know a few of your options before you begin your search, that way you know what you’re looking for.
Here are a few services you should be on the look out for, other than traditional stainless steel braces:
- Gold-Plated Braces
These are a great option for those who suffer from allergies or a desire to be flashy. Nickel is a commonly used metal in stainless steel, and it’s the substance that gives some people trouble. For just a little extra expense, the situation can be completed avoided. The braces are actually still made of steel, but the plating of gold keeps it from coming in contact with the patients skin. These can be a great solution in a lot of cases.
2. Spring Aligners
Not every patient is going to need braces. In some simpler cases, results can be achieved using a much simpler, and cheaper option. Spring aligners generally on have an effect on the front few teeth, making them only useful in certain situations. It’s certainly worth looking into whether or not your smile can be corrected with a simple solution like this.
3. Lingual Braces
Also known as hidden braces, lingual braces have a lot of similarities with their traditional counterparts. However, they are “hidden” for a reason. Instead of having brackets affixed to the front of their teeth, the patient will have them put on the back. It’s a bit more complicated, and therefore more expensive. It is however worth it to people who are seeking to keep their smile correction discreet. Whether they are teenagers worried about social implication, or a business professional who needs to maintain a certain dress code, many people find them useful.
4. Clear Braces
Clear braces function the exact same way as traditional braces, but instead of being made of steel, they are made with a clear ceramic or plastic polymer. They are designed to blend in well with the teeth, making them more difficult to notice. Of course they aren’t perfect, and people looking closely will see them. If you’re looking for something even more discreet, there is another alternative.
Invisalign is one of the newest products in the field of orthodontics. They are the perfect hidden braces for teens and adults alike. They are hardly even noticeable to the wearer. Best of all, the are removable, so brushing your teeth is a breeze, and you don’t have to avoid particular foods. They won’t work for everybody, but if you’re looking for the ultimate in discretion when it comes to smile correction, they are worth looking into. Make sure any orthodontist you select is familiar and works with Invisalign.