Brace on kids is not at all an uncommon sight, and this is because most kids whose parents have dental insurance, or can otherwise afford it, get their children braces. But for many, this was not possible, often for financial reasons, and so many people are forced to go on through adolescence, which is difficult even for people with perfectly straight teeth, and on into adulthood with malocclusion. Malocclusion is a medical term for crooked teeth, and I like to use it because it makes it sound like exactly what it is: a medical condition, that, although cosmetic, can have a serious detrimental effect on your self-image, and emotional well-being. Feeling embarrassed every time you feel good and crack a smile is not a fun existence, and so anyone who is suffering from malocclusion, even in their adulthood, should seriously consider orthodontic treatment. This is truer now than ever; with orthodontic science being more advanced than it’s ever been, orthodontic treatment can reveal your brightest smile without anyone else ever noticing.
You see, part of the problem is that many adults don’t even know how advanced orthodontic science has gotten, because the best adult solutions are those which you can’t see. If you can’t see it, then you don’t know about it, which means you don’t have any idea how often it’s actually being used by other adults around you. The only obvious type of braces are the ones that kids wear, so this means that when most people who have never had braces hear the word “braces” they think about the ones they always see, which are the ones kids wear. This has led to a misconception that in order to correct your smile, you must have rows of wire running across your teeth, and that is just plainly false. Therefore, it’s useful to acquaint yourself with the possibilities of how you, as an adult, may actually be able to benefit from orthodontic treatment, in a completely incognito manner.
There are a few options for adult orthodontic treatment, meaning basically treatments that are less visible or noticeable than the traditional wire braces, and each has their pros and cons. Clear braces are less noticeable than their wire counterparts, but are still a device affixed to the fronts of your teeth, and are visible to anyone standing next to you seeing you smile. Lingual braces are completely invisible, by virtue of being attached to the backs of the teeth, rather than the fronts, but they are not very versatile, meaning they can only be applied to certain specific types of malocclusion, or misalignments. So why both of these choices are okay, they aren’t the best. That slot is reserved for the single most popular form of smile correction for adults, invisalign.
Invisalign for adults helps correct smiles discreetly, and is superior to the aforementioned approaches in a variety of ways. Firstly, invisalign is almost completely invisible, because it’s made of a clear plastic material that fits entirely over your whole row of teeth. This makes it more like a layer of lamination, or a plastic tooth-glove, which is about as close to invisible as anything on your teeth can get. Invisalign uses a totally different strategy than braces to help align your teeth. Rather than attach to each tooth and pull them in the right direction, as braces do, invisalign surrounds and envelops them, and pushes or nudges them gradually in the direction they need to go. This different approach is equally effective, and just as discreet as the most invisible form of braces, which is the lingual variety, while being much more versatile. They are also removable, which adds even more benefit, because the convenience of being able to take them out for meal times, or for tooth brushing and flossing, makes them much less of a hindrance to your daily life.
If you are an adult suffering from malocclusion, the fact that a solution like invisalign exists means that you really have little-to-no reason not to seek orthodontic assistance. As long as you have some form of dental insurance, or can otherwise somehow afford it, the benefits of invisalign treatment are well worth anything it might cost you. You can’t put a price on the fact that, after invisalign treatment, you will never feel embarrassed to smile, never feel ashamed to feel good again. That is truly priceless. If you suffer from malocclusion, do yourself a favor, and make an appointment with your local orthodontist, as soon as possible.