Are you one of the many people who have removed a tagged photo on Facebook all because you hated the way your smile looked? You’re not alone, a survey conducted last year showed that over 50% of people are self-conscious about their smile. The truth is that the majority aren’t born with that perfect Hollywood smile – but don’t think that you can’t achieve it! With some help from a professional orthodontist you’ll be able to find a procedure that gets the result you’re looking for. With so many options out there it can be tricky choosing the right one.
Here are 4 easy steps that will help you make the right choice of braces.
Understand Your Needs
Which one of the below best describes what you’re looking for?
- Appearance: I don’t want anyone to see I’m having treatment
- Cost: My budget is a big factor because it is limited
- Complexity: My teeth are very crooked, my local dentist told me that my bite is off. So this makes treatment complicated
Choose one and move on to step 2.
The Pros And Cons
As with everything in life, braces with come with pros and cons – each type will suit different people.
Traditional Metal Braces:
- Pros: Ideal for complex issues. You can choose coloured elastics to style them yourself. The least expensive option.
- Cons: They are the most noticeable type of braces
- Pros: More discreet than metal. They usually work quicker than clear aligners.
- Cons: Can become stained. The ceramic is not as strong and can sometimes break, so it is not advised for complicated cases. Higher cost than metal braces.
- Pros: Perfect for anyone conscious about their appearance. Easy to take care of. There are choices to speed up the process.
- Cons: Not the best with complex issues. You have to wear them for at least 20 hours each day. Not used for younger patients (pre-teens).
Find The Right Dentist
The choice is very important because it will influence the final result. Each dentist will have specific brands they work with and recommend, so do your research before you visit. Here are some key points to consider before making a choice:
- What braces and/or brand do they use? Why did they choose these?
- Do they have the most up-to-date technology?
- Examples and pictures of past cases available to see?
- Are they part of any associations, received advanced training or recognised by certain organisations?
- If time is an issue, do they have any accelerated treatments available?