We are always meeting new people, and one of the first things people notice about our appearance is our smile. Your smile shows that you are friendly and approachable and this puts others at ease. You can smile your way out of many situations, especially if your smile is full of beautiful, straight, white teeth. Some surveys have even shown that your smile can affect your career. Whilst we are not sure about this, we do know that a perfect smile increases your confidence, which can only help your prospects in any life situation!
How do I Know if I Need Braces?
Your mouth is an extremely important part of your face. A smile with crooked or uneven teeth may not look as attractive to some as a smile with pearly white, even teeth. The foremost question to answer before visiting a dentist or an orthodontist to explore the possibility of getting braces is whether or not you think you need braces and whether you would be prepared to put the effort in whilst wearing braces. The answers to the following questions can help to give you the answer you are looking for.
Do you have crooked teeth?
Are there gaps between any of your teeth?
Are your teeth correctly aligned?
Are you having trouble biting or chewing your food?
Can I keep my teeth and gums clean and healthy at present?
If you feel some of these statements apply to you then you definitely need to see an orthodontist for advice on how to correct any irregularities you have in your teeth.
Can I Choose the Color and Material of my Braces?
Your orthodontist will determine the types of brace needed for your particular dental condition. First, a clinical exam will be conducted, and the orthodontist will take x-rays and photos to understand the severity of your condition. The actual braces you receive may consist of bands, wires, and other fixed or removable corrective appliances, depending on the recommended treatment plan. At Albert Place www.albertplace.com/orthodontics consultant orthodontist John Scholey www.johnscholey.com will choose the best system for you. Many of the modern options seen advertised are only suitable for very specific and limited cases. Because John is so highly trained he can use any system, meaning it’s about what’s best for you, not what system the orthodontist or dentist is trained in. There is no standard bracing system available on the market because braces must be customized for every patient.
If the best way to treat your problem is with fixed braces then it is possible to choose the color of the braces. Tooth coloured brackets, braces that are bonded to the inside of your teeth and invisible algners such as Invisalign www.invisalign.com are all possible at Albert Place. Colorful bands for your braces or clear-colored ones are also available with John, so you can make a real statement. In your consultation report, John will outline all of your options prior to beginning treatment. That way you can make an informed decision. The choice of materials for your braces is very important so you have comfort in your mouth.
How Long Do I Have to Wear Braces?
It is hard to determine how long you will need to wear your braces. The timeline varies for each condition, even then the variation from person to person is between 6 and 24 months. Wearing braces is not the end step of straightening your teeth. The next step involves wearing a retainer to set and align the tissues of those straight teeth.
You can also expect to have an appointment with John every four to eight weeks to tighten the bands. At each visit, he will assess the improvement of your teeth and finalize the time line for you to wear braces.