The dental care field has been developing at an amazing pace over the last few decades, and that has made a huge impact on the level of care it can offer its patients, as well as the ease with which the patients can obtain that care. Dental care has been made more affordable for the public, and areas which were previously not covered by most healthcare providers, such as orthodontics, are now part of basic dental care. One of the biggest obstacles left for the dental industry to cross is educating people on just how easy it can be today to obtain an amazing smile. Here we have listed some facts about dental care which may surprise some people.
There are now new options for straightening teeth such as clear braces. Online sites like, www.doctorinvisalign.com, offer tons of information about the new orthodontic tools that are available today. clear braces are one of the most popular new ways for patients to obtain more attractive smiles, as many people would like to get braces, but don’t like the way they look. A new system called “invisalign”, also offers a way for patients to correct a lot of different orthodontic problems without having to wear metal braces. The aforementioned two items are just a tiny part of all the many new tools which are being used today to create amazingly beautiful smiles.
Cutting out certain food and beverages is another easy way for people to achieve a brighter, more confident smile. Most people believe that as long as they brush their teeth after eating or drinking foods which are known to cause discoloration of the teeth that they will not have any discoloration. There are in fact some foods and drinks which can reduce the whiteness of teeth, even if the person eating them immediately brushes after each time they consume said items. Coffee is number one on the list of items that people seeking whiter teeth should avoid. Coffee causes teeth to turn brownish over time, and not only is this color hard to remove with simple brushing, even getting regular cleaning at the dentist’s office may not be enough to remove all the coffee stains from our teeth. Smoking is yet another item that should be avoided by people concerned about stains on teeth. Smokers always have issues with stains, and tobacco can also cause a lack of blood flow to the gums which could lead to overall poor oral health.
Lastly, regular trips to the dentists can really help create and keep a great smile. The family dentist is the best way to avoid serious problems with the teeth. Often people don’t go to the dentist for regular checkups because they assume that if their teeth don’t hurt then there is no problem. In fact, once people have dental problems that cause them pain, there may already be serious damage done to the teeth, some of which may even cause the patient to lose a tooth. Dentists recommend that their patients go in for checkups every six months, and that advice should be followed for people seeking a healthy smile.
Braces come in all types. While there was a time when braces were very specific in their type and implementation, braces have grown a lot over the years. You no longer have to worry about getting the right kind of braces for your needs because there are so many options out there to choose from. With so many choices, however, we can become bogged down and unsure of which is the best option to choose. That’s why the team at Amazing Smiles is there to help you make the best braces decision you can. They know that picking out the right braces can change the course of your treatment, which is why they have decided to make the choice as easy as possible by helping you make the decision. With an excellent orthodontist and armed with information, it won’t be difficult to make the best choice for your orthodontic needs. Here are a few of the options that are available to you as you are thinking about all of your orthodontic options. Making this decision armed with information makes your choice all the easier!
- Traditional Metal Braces: We all know what these look like, and love them or hate them, they get the job done. Traditional metal braces- worn by teens everywhere- are the most common type of braces. There have been many advancements in braces technology these days which makes wearing traditional braces more comfortable than ever. They are typically made with high quality stainless steel. The use of metal brackets and archwires pulls your teeth into the correct position. For teenagers, it is particularly fun to add colored rubber bands to the brackets for color and pizzaz! While traditional metal braces are obviously noticeable, for many teenagers this option is one that many of their friends use.
- Gold Braces: Gold braces are very similar in structure and function to traditional metal braces, the key difference being that these braces are coated in gold. This is typically a choice that is a cosmetic decision and tends to cost more than traditional braces.
- Ceramic Braces: While the structure and function of ceramic braces are very similar to that of metal braces, these braces are a bit more brittle and break more easily than their metal counterparts. This does not have to be a concern, but it does mean that these braces require more upkeep and maintenance. The main selling point of ceramic braces lies in their material. Ceramic braces are much less visible than metal and so are an attractive option to older adults and teens with cosmetic concerns.
- Lingual Braces: These braces can be thought of as “inside out” braces. They are completely invisible because they are placed behind a patient’s teeth rather than on the front of their teeth! This system is completely customizable and is great for people for whom traditional braces will get in the way. For example, athletes and wind instrument players have obvious concerns when it comes to traditional braces.
Orthodontics are most successful when customized by a great orthodontist like Amazing Smiles!
Deciding which type of braces will be right for you is an important decision. Sometimes you have a lot of flexibility in making that decision. Some people are good candidates for many different types of braces, while others are really only able to choose from one or two types. Figuring out what options are available to you is dependent on a great orthodontist who can help you learn about all of the options that you have. The best orthodontists will help outline all of the braces types available to you and help you make an informed decision. The team at Amazing Smiles is one group of orthodontists who are ready and willing to make this a reality for you. They know how important this decision is and can help you outline which option will give you the best results.
As with anything, there are pros and cons to every option out there. Whether you are someone who is interested in clear braces or has more of an affinity to the traditional forms of braces, it can be hard to make the right choice when there are a lot of different options. One easy way to think about the decision is to determine how important appearance is as well as how important cost is. You tend to see higher costs associated with braces options that are more centered on appearance. Knowing this can help you prioritize your decisions.
Many people decide that clear braces of one form or another are the best bet for their needs. Indeed, this is understandable particularly if you are someone who is older and getting braces as an adult. Imagining going into the work place to give a presentation with a mouth full of metal can feel really unnerving for many adults and making a choice to prioritize appearance is an understandable decision. There are a few options within the realm of clear braces. For example, ceramic braces offer the kind of less visibility that one might be looking for. These braces function very similarly to traditional braces but are made of ceramic instead of traditional metal, which makes them less visible. Other “clear” braces options include systems such as Invisalign, which makes use of a series of clear aligners to get you the results that you are looking for. This is certainly a strong option for adults looking for braces as well as some teenagers. It is key that you have only minimal orthodontic needs if you are going to use Invisalign, as the system is not designed for major changes. Finally, lingual braces are another great option for people who want their braces completely invisible to the public or who cannot have braces on the fronts of their teeth for various reasons. Lingual braces sit behind the teeth rather than on the front, producing the same results but without the visibility and hazard of having metal on the fronts of your teeth.
You can see that there are a lot of options available to you! Make the best choices for your lifestyle and for your teeth!
While I was typing away on my keyboard on morning while sipping some coffee, my 12 year old son approached me and asked why his teeth were so crooked. I felt bad at the time because I had not noticed how crooked his teeth were. I tried explaining to him about how teeth can go the wrong way and in the end he asked if there was any way to try to make it straight. He wanted to get his teeth straight because his friends would comment on how different his teeth were from theirs and he felt like an outcast. I tried suggesting braces but he immediately said he didn’t want braces because they don’t look good and he might still be teased. I was stumped.
The situation was kind of confusing and solutions were torn. My son wanted to have straight teeth but didn’t want to have to suffer wearing braces which can be uncomfortable and looks bad. I tried encouraging him and convincing him to wear braces by telling him you can add color to it and tell him he can get it in his favorite color, blue. But that just didn’t work. I was also starting to get angry because my son just kept on whining about getting his teeth straight but didn’t want the only solution I knew. But then I remembered when I was a kid myself. Although it was in a different situation, you always want to fit in and look good.
I tried looking around and asking my friends who had children who got teeth alignment correction and all of them had worn braces. I introduced my son to them and let him get more comfortable about the concept of braces. My son started not minding how the braces looked but the fact that they cannot be removed and you cannot eat some types of food. My son loved eating licorice and chocolate and he didn’t want to part from it while wearing braces.
Middle school was fast approaching and my son was eager to find a way to straighten out his teeth. One time while I was on my way home from the store, I saw an ad about “clear braces”. This definitely caught my attention so I gave them a call. I also did more research on it and found the perfect solution. I knew my son would love this.
What made these invisalign braces great was the fact that they were clear so no one would know if you were even wearing one. Another one thing to consider getting this is the fact that invisalign braces can be removed when desired, so you can eat anything you want. My son just loved it and although it was pricier compared to traditional braces, I can say that the advantages invisalign had to offer make the deal great. During my son’s time in school, no one noticed he was wearing anything on his teeth and when he got home and preparing to eat, he just simply removed it.
Rummaging through my old stuff in my mother’s house, I had discovered a lot of my childhood things. Just some of the things I had found included my old soccer shoes my father bought me when I was nine, a medal from the first game I had won, and even my very first soccer jersey. But when I dug in deeper into one of the boxes, I found a small square case. Inside the case were my braces which I wore from twelve to sixteen years old. Now I could just picture myself being the soccer player with braces. I just kept having flashbacks of those years.
I remember way back trying to argue with my mom that getting braces wasn’t a good idea. I just thought that it would interfere my being a soccer player. Maybe my teammates would even make fun of me so I just kept on saying no to getting braces. After days of arguing with my mother, we had to come to a closure and that was to get braces. What did I get? Well my father promised to buy me the latest model of spikes then and I had been looking to get those shoes for some time.
During the process of getting my braces, I just thought of the new shoes I would be getting. After I had gotten my braces, my mouth just felt numb but on my mind, I was still thinking of the new spikes. I was really excited when we went into the shop. A couple minutes later, I exited the store a very happy soccer player. When I went to practice the next week, I obviously wore the new shoes. All of my teammates were so engrossed on my new shoes that they hardly noticed I had any braces on. They did notice when practice was over.
During schooldays, I still had the feeling of being uncomfortable with my braces because there did seem to be a social stigma with these things. However, being an athlete made me feel a little more comfortable so it was just like I didn’t have any braces on. I did made a number of friends and one of the guys who I got really close with apparently also had braces of his own. So as time went on, we became best friends. We even would sometimes get the color of our braces to match or be exact opposites on the color wheel. If his was red, mine was blue, or we’d both be the same color.
As time went on, I kind of grew attached to my braces. When the time came to get my braces removed, I had mixed feelings. Part of me still wanted them on while the other part was relieved to get them off. At least I wouldn’t have to be burdened with cleaning it from now on. When I did get the braces removed, I asked the orthodontist if I could keep it and had it placed in a small square case which I placed into my memory box.