A Reason To Smile, Moving Past Traditional Braces

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A Reason To Smile, Moving Past Traditional Braces
June 30
12:22 2016

Back in the 1980s, the thought of requiring braces felt like your popularity was doomed. Twenty years later, technology has not only advanced, it has surpassed the expectations of those forlorn characters from 80s teen movies: instead of Molly Ringwald lamenting her absent popularity, we have Olympic athletes flashing their pearly whites on the podium with only the slightest shimmer of custom clear aligners.

The options to realign or move your teeth are vast, with a modern solution that can fit the budget and purpose you are seeking. Two of the most popular choices are clear aligners and lingual braces.

A Reason To Smile, Moving Past Traditional Braces

A Reason To Smile, Moving Past Traditional Braces

Clear aligners are removable invisible braces. They fit over your teeth like mouth guards worn by professional hockey and football players. They are an increasingly appealing option to many, and in some cases provide the same benefits as traditional braces.

Like traditional braces, lingual braces are sometimes made of metal. The popularity of this option relies on the benefit that the metal tracks and brackets are behind your teeth. They are not visible when you smile or speak, which makes them a much more attractive choice for adults, providing the same support as metal braces with that one important aesthetic difference.

Dr. Ed Philips of The Studio for Aesthetic Dentistry in Toronto has more than 20 years of experience in the field, and has seen options range from headgear to the sleek finishes of aligners. In his experience, the reason for dental correction hasn’t changed. He explains the different reasons your teeth may need correction and how each option may or may not be the right solution.

A Reason To Smile, Moving Past Traditional Braces

A Reason To Smile, Moving Past Traditional Braces

“Teeth can either drift or shift. When a tooth has drifted the whole tooth has to be physically moved. This means you have to use wires—either regular braces or lingual braces. But most of the time people’s teeth don’t drift; they shift, and tend to lean in or lean out. When it’s a shifting problem then you can use aligners,” said Dr. Philips.

The popularity of aligners amongst adults has sparked in recent years. However, according to Dr. Philips, what the patient needs and what they want are sometimes two very different things.

“If it’s a severe orthodontic problem like a serious overbite, or teeth have to be taken out or moved forward or backward—basically a fair degree of movement for the whole tooth—you will need the normal metal braces. If you use lingual ones or clear aligners, they will not work as well as regular braces because they don’t put enough pressure on the tooth.”

A Reason To Smile, Moving Past Traditional Braces

A Reason To Smile, Moving Past Traditional Braces

Dr. Philips emphasizes that before making a decision on what type of corrective work you want done, you should thoroughly investigate the possibilities and seek educated and accurate opinions from more than one dental professional. With many choices available, and the considerable costs, conduct research and find the option that works for you.

In the event that an orthodontic option is not practical, one should consider non-orthodontic alignment with porcelain veneers. As we continue to move forward with new scientific breakthroughs in cosmetic dentistry, the awkward phases of crooked teeth will now be a thing of the past.

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