Everyone wants straight teeth. That’s just a fact. Not only are they more aesthetically pleasing, but they’re more comfortable, easier to keep clean, and much more efficient when it comes to chewing your food. But another fact is that not everyone has straight teeth, whether because of genetics, accidents, or any number of other factors. It’s just the way of the world. Fortunately, there are different types of braces for anyone — anyone — looking for helpful, effective, and discreet teeth straightening options.
Traditional Braces. These are the dark metal brackets connected by elastic ligatures — the ones everyone thinks of first when they hear the word “braces.” They are still the most popular option parents choose for their teens and young adults, due to their affordability and durability. However, many adults, when making the decision to get braces for themselves, shy away from the dark metal look.
“Invisible” Braces. For more appearance-conscious adults looking for teeth straightening, there are a host of “invisible” solutions. Invisalign is perhaps the most popular, utilizing a clear, plastic, and fully removable tray to gently correct your bite pattern. Other patients opt for lingual braces, which are similar to traditional metal braces, but placed on the lingual side, or tongue side, of the teeth, so they are virtually invisible unless you open your mouth wide and tell people to look.
No Braces? Even with all the advancements in teeth straightening technology, there are still small demographics of people who will never undergo orthodontic treatment to correct their smiles. Some are opposed to the idea of wearing any braces, some are fearful of the cost, and interestingly enough, some are musicians. A wind player (brass or woodwind) develops their embouchure (mouth position) based on the shape of their teeth, even if the shape is irregular. Correcting that irregularity would mean relearning how to play their instrument, and for some, especially professionals, the time commitment isn’t cost-effective.
If you don’t know any orthodontists, your regular dentist will still be able to answer any questions you may have about orthodontic correction. Just don’t be afraid to ask — a straighter, healthier smile may be closer than you think. More on this.