Why Choose An Orthodontist?

Philadelphia, PA

Those who are in pursuit of the perfect smile may hesitate when they discover the process required for realigning their teeth. When many people think of braces, they might picture an awkward teenager with a mouth filled with metal and cringe. However, that does not have to be the way it is, regardless of your perception, and we here at Art of Smile – Center for Cosmetic Orthodontics are happy to help you figure out an orthodontic treatment plan that works right for you.

How Braces Could Change Your Life

Perhaps it was not a priority as a child to see to it that your teeth were straightened, or even that they were not so misaligned that it affected your way of life. Those who have extreme overbites and dental issues are generally taken care of as soon as they can see us, so that is not a problem. However, as an adult, once all of your permanent teeth are in, and habits have potentially caused them to grow in less than perfect, it can be your decision to determine whether or not braces could help to realign a mild gap or crookedness, or repair a long-term issue that has made you uncomfortable for a while. When the braces are put on your teeth, they will be used to guide them gently into a better position, which can improve your ability to eat and even speak. Traditional braces are usually metal brackets that are secured to the front enamel of your teeth, with the use of wires and rubber bands to realign them. These may be what you think of when you consider braces, but the reality is that there are other options that can be more appealing, both aesthetically and physically.

Braces For All Ages

While many choose to opt for the standard metal brackets because of how effective they can be, that is not the only direction you have to take your orthodontic treatment. You can also get much smaller brackets, so not only are they less obvious, but they are also significantly more comfortable. Others may consider the sublingual option for braces, which are secured behind the teeth rather than in front of them where the whole world can see. Though this method is usually preferred by those who have fewer, minor dental issues than something more significant, such as an overbite, it can still be a favorable option when considering realignment. You also do not have to resort to metal braces alone, either. You can choose between ceramic or porcelain brackets that can come in a color that matches your natural tooth color and opt for clear rubber bands so that it is much less obvious that you have orthodontics. For mild adjustments, or to simply disguise a mild gap issue, some adults may prefer to use clear plastic aligners that can gradually shift your teeth into the best position for optimal health. These can be removed and are practically invisible, which can be an effective means of realigning your teeth without the obvious use of brackets on your teeth.

If you are interested in finding out more about braces and determining which ones may be perfect for your lifestyle, please do not hesitate to give us here at Art of Smile – Center for Cosmetic Orthodontics a call at (215) 800-0015. to schedule an appointment for a consultation. We specialize in orthodontic treatment and the realignment of your teeth.