Without orthodontics, not only would a lot of people be walking around with crooked teeth that they were ashamed of, but the occurrence of uneven teeth wear, dental and gum disease and tension headaches would be much more common and lower the quality of life of those who experienced any of these afflictions. When an orthodontist applies braces to a kid in their adolescence, the chances of their being any of the aforementioned issues drops to almost zero and on top of that, the person who receives them are not going to have any issues with feeling self-conscious about their teeth later I their lives as long as they follow their post-treatment guidelines provided by their orthodontist. These guidelines often include wearing a retainer full-time for up to a year to make sure that the patient’s teeth remain in alignment while the bones in their face and jaw take full shape and form properly after the occlusion has been dealt with. A misaligned jaw is called a malocclusion and is the main focus of orthodontics. Although many people think that smile correction procedures are for purely aesthetic appeal, many functional goals are accomplished in the process that the patients of which experience many benefits from for the rest of their lives.
The foundation of one’s overall health begins with their oral health so getting the proper dental and orthodontic care is of the utmost importance. For those who need and receive orthodontic care, they can be assured that a board-certified orthodontist has been educated and trained thoroughly and is more than qualified to perform any of the procedures they offer. First, after they obtain a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD) or Doctor of Dental Surgery or Doctor of Dental Science (DDS) degree, they apply for, get accepted to and attend a 2-3 year orthodontic residency. During this time they mainly focus on fixed straight wire appliances or what the general public knows as braces. The curriculum provided and training received at any of these board-approved residencies apply most of their efforts towards braces because even with many of the innovations and technological advances that have occurred within the orthodontic field (like Invisalign), braces are still the most effective and economical method with which to correct crooked teeth and badly aligned jaws.
Many adolescents who have entered into their teenage years and adults who are living their adult lives respectively, have social concerns regarding the idea of having braces. So many people who would have benefited from having braces during their childhood but were not able to get them applied for one reason or another, want to do something about it later in their lives but are turned off by the notion of having braces. Orthodontic specialists everywhere are intimately familiar with the mental anguish that people experience regarding this thought, so most of them offer alternative smile correction methods or alternatives materials used in the fixed straight wire appliances application. Invisalign is a technology that uses clear, thin, plastic ‘trays’ or ‘aligners’ to straighten a patient’s teeth with as opposed to brackets and wiring. Those whose orthodontist’s feel comfortable recommending this procedure based on the patient’s individual circumstances because they feel confident they can get satisfactory results, are often ecstatic about the Invisalign method. Mostly because Invisalign is almost completely invisible, teenagers and adults alike jump at the chance to take advantage of this discreet smile correction procedure and it is not difficult to understand why.
The technological process behind Invisalign is an impressive one that involves years of orthodontic experience and collaboration with computer engineers in different technological segments. A specialized surveying tool is used to map every detail of a patient’s mouth in order to gather information about it so specialized, proprietary orthodontic software can produce digital imagery that a 3-D printer can use to physically manifest the images rendered. The results are a series of hard, transparent, plastic ‘aligners’ that fit flawlessly around every surface of one’s teeth so their teeth can gently and effectively be guided into place in a way that is undetectable to others. This smile correction technique is so discreet that unless someone closely scrutinizes your smile after they perhaps see a reflection produced from the lighting in a room off its clear, polished surface, no one is really ever going to be the wiser. When braces are required to get the results that a patient wants though, they may want to discuss the possibility of lingual braces with their orthodontist because they are applied to the backsides of their teeth instead of the front, which makes them invisible to the outside world.