Not everyone was able to get orthodontic treatment growing up, and this has resulted in a lot of adults having crooked smiles. A crooked smile can make you uncomfortable in many social settings, and it’s actually harder to keep clean. That means you’re prone to more cavities and other oral health problems than those with a straight smile.
So what sort of orthodontic options exist for people who want straight teeth but don’t want the clutter of traditional braces? Let’s take a look.
Invisalign is a newer procedure that’s very popular among adults. Instead of wires and brackets, Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners to gradually move your teeth into position. You wear a set for two weeks, for at least 22 hours a day (remove them only to eat and brush your teeth), then insert the new pair. After a period lasting usually 12 or so months, depending on the severity of how crooked your teeth are, you’ll have a straight smile. Since the aligners are invisible, it’ll be nearly impossible to tell that you’re wearing them!
Not everyone is a great candidate for Invisalign. If that’s the case, then ceramic braces are a great option. These are like traditional braces, but instead of big metal brackets, the bands of wire on your teeth are secured by a tooth-colored ceramic material, making your orthodontic appliances stand out far less.
If you’re interested in exploring your orthodontic options, call us today at 480-359-1473.