When it comes to adult smile correction, the first thought is obviously to cosmetic options. Why? Because now, as an adult, we have the money to afford such options. However, just because a cosmetic option is within your budget doesn’t mean that it’s the best option.
Given that you will have your teeth and smile for the rest of your life, more and more adults are turning to teeth correction, with braces and mouthguards being the two options.
Below is some basic information on the two.
Despite the advances in technology, braces are very much the same as you remember them to be. Sure, they may be a fraction smaller and lighter, but the overall idea is the same.
Painlessly, small brackets will be glued to each of your teeth, with a thin piece of wire being clipped to each one. When you close your mouth, the temperature rises and the metal wire begins to expand, pulling your teeth with it, in the direction designed by your Orthodontist.
What Are the Positives?
- It can do wonders. Through braces, Orthodontists have the ability to precisely control the direction each tooth moves.
- Modern braces are able to work much faster than their mouthguard counterparts because of their rudimentary design.
- Braces are often very affordable, lowering the barrier for many people
How About the Negatives?
- They’re braces. Plain and simple. People can see them, you can feel them, they’re blatantly obvious.
- They can often be painful, with no reprieve as the archwire is not removable by you, whereas a mouthguard can be taken out.
- Eating becomes a chore, with food often becoming stuck and requiring constant cleaning.
While you may know the name Invisalign, there are a number of other companies which offer similar products. All in all, however, they all work in a similar fashion. A mold of your mouth and teeth is taken and sent to a dental technician. This technician designs a new smile the patient and then works backward to the original teeth to work out which tooth needs to move where and at which precise time every two weeks. These two-week snapshots are turned into mouthguards and you are sent a supply.
Let’s Start With the Positives
They are invisible. Not, you can see them but they’re almost invisible. Invisible.
You can easily eat and drunk without impairment or discomfort.
Of course, despite their great positive, there are some negatives.
- There is no getting around the fact that this option can be expensive. Simply because of the technology involved.
- This type of treatment is limited in its ability to move teeth accurately, sometimes requiring other means of intervention.
- Given that they are removable, patients tend to take them out more often, slowing down the process.
How Long Are We Talking?
If you are looking for the option which can immediately change your style as quick as a visit to the Groupon Coupons page for Sephora then we’re afraid the answer is neither.
As much as braces can work faster than mouthguards, because of the nature of the work being done, there is a minimum of 12 months. The reason for this time is not to move your teeth to the correct position, but to keep them there long enough for your body to accept the new position and build gum and muscle accordingly.