Studies show that one of the initial traits people notice when meeting someone for the first time is their smile. This explains why a bright, white smile is so desirable, leading to an abundance of products which can be purchased at any number of drug stores around the country. But what can you do if you’re smile is pearly white and crooked? There aren’t any quick fixes that can be picked up at the general store for that. Many adults faced with this situation are reluctant to discuss orthodontic procedures with their dentist. The thought of having traditional braces seems to be embarrassing and horrifying for most grown-ups, and the thought of spending 12 to 18 months with metal brackets attached to teeth is often enough to deter most from seeking corrective treatment. But you don’t have to grin and bear it any longer, as there are several options now available for discreet orthodontic treatments.
Shawn Watson’s about.com article, “Straight Teeth Without Braces? It’s Possible With Invisalign,” describes one of the leading products available. The author interviewed orthodontist, Dr. Randy Kunik, from Austin Texas, about the treatment. According to Kunik, there are several advantages to using this product. Because Invisalign retainers, or trays, are transparent, they are much more discreet than traditional braces. They are apparently very comfortable to wear and are more hygienic too. They are appropriate for patients of any age, provided all teeth have fully erupted. The cost is comparable to traditional braces, and most insurance companies cover Invisalign under their plans. While orthodontists are considered specialists when it comes to straightening teeth, you do not need to visit one in order to use this method. Any dentist can become an Invisalign provider by completing the necessary training.
If you are embarrassed by the appearance of your crooked or misplaced teeth, don’t let your desire to correct them be overshadowed by your fear of traditional braces. There are several options available, including Invisalign, which is an effective and discreet method to improve your smile. Talk to your cosmetic dentist today to explore your options.