July 10, 2017
Millions of adults around the country want to straighten their teeth, but they never actually do because they think that they’ll have to get metal braces that will make them look, to put it mildly, immature. They simply can’t imagine going to work on Monday with a mouthful of metal for years at a time. However, thanks to advancements in the field of adult orthodontics, a dentist can now help a patient get a straighter smile quickly and effectively without using metal braces. In the end, these treatments won’t just improve a person’s appearance, but their oral health as well.
Straighter Teeth: More Than Just Looks
Many adults put off straightening their teeth because they think it’ll only improve their smile cosmetically. They certainly would like to be more confident about their smile, but they don’t think that looks alone is worth the time and expense of orthodontics. What they may not know, however, is that straighter teeth are actually much healthier as well.
When the teeth are crooked or crowded, this can make them much harder to clean completely when brushing and flossing. This, in turn, makes a person much more susceptible to developing tooth decay and gum disease. Plus, misaligned teeth can also throw off a person’s bite alignment, which can lead to difficulty chewing, speaking, jaw pain, and even chronic migraines. Straighter teeth are simply easier to clean, which in the long run helps keep a smile looking great and healthy at the same time. In the end, if you want to straighten your teeth, you’ll be doing much more than simply improving your appearance.
Orthodontic Treatments For Adults
MTM Clear Aligners completely do away with the traditional bracket and wire system. Rather, it consists of a series of custom-made clear plastic aligners that gradually straighten the teeth. They are practically invisible when they are on the teeth, and a patient can even take them out whenever they need to eat or brush. This allows adults to maintain their professional image while getting treatment so the LAST thing they’ll ever have to worry about is someone noticing their teeth.
Six Month Smiles uses discreet, clear brackets and tooth-colored wires to straighten only the teeth that show when a person smiles. Because only a few key teeth are being shifted, this allows them to move much faster while the braces themselves apply less force. In the end, it can achieve a dramatic cosmetic improvement in just a fraction of the time needed by traditional orthodontics.
Which One Is Right For You?
For many, these treatments sound like a dream come true. You basically get exactly what you want (a straighter smile) without any of the drawbacks (having to wear metal braces). To see which treatment is right for you, all you need to do is contact a dentist/orthodontist in your area who specializes in adult orthodontics. They’ll be able to discuss your options, and before you know it, you’ll be seeing a perfectly straight smile in the mirror every morning!
About the Author
Dr. Britney Beard is a general, restorative, and cosmetic dentist based in Slidell, LA. She is specially certified in MTM Clear Aligners and Six Month Smiles, and she just loves helping adult patients who thought they could never have a perfectly straight smile. She currently practices at Fremaux Dental Care, and she can be reached via her website or by phone at (985) 445-9656.
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