Orthodontists know that they are in the business of creating smiles that help people be confident about themselves more than anything else, but there is a lot that goes into it. First of all, any practicing orthodontist not only graduated with a science-related undergraduate degree and then went on to also graduate from a four-year dentistry program, but they also completed a two to four-year orthodontistry program. At the conclusion of their orthodontistry program they were required to present six individual orthodontic cases to members of the American Board of Orthodontists and defend their clinical decisions before they were able to take their final written examination administered by the same board. So, any practicing orthodontist in this nation has undergone 10-12 years of schooling, 6-8 of which were for dentistry and/or orthodontistry specifically.
If you do not know what it is like to be insecure about your smile you should consider yourself very lucky. Think about all of the times that you smile and laugh on a daily basis and then think about having a reason to want to obscure your teeth while trying to enjoy yourself. There is a massive contradiction that exists for people who want to enjoy their lives but do not feel comfortable revealing their teeth. So, if you are not from a family that was able to provide you with the proper orthodontic treatment that you needed, it is important for you to understand that it is never too late to do something about the matter if you believe that it will help you feel better about yourself. Life is so much better when you can smile and laugh when the occasion calls for it which hopefully is frequently during the course of every single day.
A lot of adults who did not get braces when they were kids only want to correct their teeth if they can do so without other people being able to notice. The thought of wearing normal, stainless steel brackets and wiring is enough to drive most adults crazy, so much so that they will not consider the proposition further if they think that is the only way. Even braces that are applied using brackets that are made out of ceramic or transparent plastic is not enough to open a lot of people’s minds up about the matter. One specific adult who underwent the traditional braes treatment was inspired to gather investment capital together in order to create a teeth straightening procedure that did not involve metal brackets or wires of any kind.
The end result of this business venture was called Invisalign and ever since the year 2000, adults and teenagers have been correcting their smiles without the use of braces. Invisalign uses 3-D printing and mapping technologies in combination with digital computer imaging in order to manufacture custom-designed, clear plastic aligners that patients wear for 2-3 weeks each before they move onto the next one in the series. A 3-D mapping instrument is inserted into the patients mouth initially to gather information about every single detail of their teeth. This information is used by the Invisalign software to create a 3-D image of the patient’s smile, then it creates additional images that contain small adjustments that gradually bring the smile into alignment.
Typically, only 8-12 aligners are needed in order to achieve drastically improved results using the Invisalign method. Invisalign teen is marketed directly to teenagers who have fully developed smiles but did not have the good fortune of receiving braces during their childhood. Invisalign is not available to children and there are even some adults that cannot benefit from this teeth-straightening procedure because their teeth and jaw alignment is such that satisfactory results are not possible. When someone does not have any functional or health problems as a result of their crooked teeth or misaligned jaw but they want to increase their smile’s aesthetic appeal, Invisalign is often a great way to do it.
A lot of people cannot achieve the smile of their dreams without braces because although Invisalign is capable of delivering great results, absolute perfection is not always possible. Traditional stainless steel braces are the most affordable and effective teeth-straightening and malocclusion-correcting method that exists today and tens of thousands of people are wearing them even as we speak. Each person’s dental and orthodontic situation is as unique as their fingerprint is, so any orthodontic plan requires a highly individualized approach. Orthodontists understand their craft as well as any doctor and they are capable of identifying and recommending the best course of action to their patients.