Having a straight smile is an important social asset that also presents many oral health benefits because a straight smile is a healthy smile. Due to advancements in orthodontics, more adults are opting for orthodontic treatments than have in the past. This is because patients have access to more discreet orthodontic care such as ceramic braces and clear plastic aligners like Invisalign. Our orthodontist offers these discreet teeth-straightening methods, which are beneficial to working professionals who desire a straight smile without conspicuous metal braces.
The Benefits of a Straight Smile
In addition to a renewed sense of confidence that comes with having properly aligned teeth, straight teeth are easier to keep clean than crooked, overlapped, and crowded teeth. Because practicing oral hygiene is easier and more effective with straight teeth, patients enjoy a reduced risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Straight teeth also promote a healthy occlusion or bite (the way that the upper and lower sets of teeth align when the mouth is closed), which can prevent unnecessary tooth wear and TMJ disorder.
Ceramic Braces, A Discreet Alternative to Traditional Metal and Wire Oral Appliances
Using tooth-colored materials such as composites and ceramic, this type of orthodontic treatment is very discreet yet durable. Ceramic brackets are placed onto the tooth the same way that metal brackets are. Because ceramic closely mimics the color and translucency of teeth, this type of orthodontic system is less conspicuous than metal. Furthermore, the ligatures are also clear or tooth-colored, which helps promote a more natural appearance.
Invisalign, Removable Plastic Aligners
Another option for straightening teeth in adulthood is Invisalign. Consisting of clear, plastic, retainer-like aligners, Invisalign straightens teeth over time by applying gentle force to shift teeth to a straighter position. Patients wear custom-fitted aligners and swap them out every couple of weeks. Because Invisalign is removable, patients can easily practice normal oral hygiene and eat their favorite foods with ease.
To schedule a consultation with our orthodontist regarding your discreet, teeth-straightening options, contact our friendly team at 210-921-9191 today.