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Are you reluctant to have your orthodontic problems resolved because you want to avoid wearing conspicuous metallic brackets and wires? If so, a dentist at More Smiles of Beverly in Chicago, IL, might be able to straighten your smile and improve its appearance discreetly using Invisalign braces instead. One Invisalign consultation could be the beginning of a whole smile makeover.
Why You Want to “Get Things Straight” with Your Smile
There are both cosmetic and functional reasons why you would want to straighten out teeth that are crowded, misaligned, and crooked. These common smile imperfections are easy to notice—people often have a tendency to look at your mouth when you talk, which can be distracting and demotivating if there are cosmetic issues. Also, when there are gaps due to small or misaligned teeth, it can also cause problems with food getting stuck between the teeth.
Invisalign: The Discreet Choice
Many patients avoid necessary orthodontic treatment because they are afraid of having to wear metal braces. A discreet option is not only preferable but required if you have a very busy lifestyle. If concerns about your appearance have caused you to avoid straightening out your smile, talk to your Chicago dentist about Invisalign. The treatment requires the use of custom-made plastic clear braces that you must wear for the majority of your day. Besides being discreet, Invisalign also allows you the comfort of being able to brush, floss, and eat normally.
Word to the Wise: Wear Your Retainer
When your smile is straightened out, you’ll have to do maintenance to keep the new position of your teeth. So, after you’ve gone through the Invisalign treatment period, which can take anywhere from six to 12 months, it’s important to wear your retainer every night thereafter. Though your teeth are now in an optimal position, there’s always a chance for them to shift back. The retainer will help maintain the appearance of your new smile.
Go in for a Consultation
At your initial orthodontic consultation, your dentist will help you determine if Invisalign will be your best bet. Call (773) 980-8900 today to schedule your visit with Dr. Ademola Adekola Jr. at More Smiles of Beverly in Chicago, IL.
Mayim Bialik has spent a good part of her life in front of TV cameras: first as the child star of the hit comedy series Blossom, and more recently as Sheldon Cooper’s love interest — a nerdy neuroscientist — on The Big Bang Theory. (In between, she actually earned a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA…but that’s another story.) As a child, Bialik had a serious overbite — but with all her time on camera, braces were just not an option.
“I never had braces,” she recently told Dear Doctor – Dentistry & Oral Health magazine. “I was on TV at the time, and there weren’t a lot of creative solutions for kids who were on TV.” Instead, her orthodontist managed to straighten her teeth using retainers and headgear worn only at night.
Today, there are several virtually invisible options available to fix orthodontic issues — and you don’t have to be a child star to take advantage of them. In fact, both children and adults can benefit from these unobtrusive appliances.
Tooth colored braces are just like traditional metal braces, with one big difference: The brackets attached to teeth are made from a ceramic material that blends in with the natural color of teeth. All that’s visible is the thin archwire that runs horizontally across the teeth — and from a distance it’s hard to notice. Celebs like Tom Cruise and Faith Hill opted for this type of appliance.
Clear aligners are custom-made plastic trays that fit over the teeth. Each one, worn for about two weeks, moves the teeth just a bit; after several months, you’ll see a big change for the better in your smile. Best of all, clear aligners are virtually impossible to notice while you’re wearing them — which you’ll need to do for 22 hours each day. But you can remove them to eat, or for special occasions. Zac Efron and Katherine Heigl, among others, chose to wear clear aligners.
Lingual braces really are invisible. That’s because they go behind your teeth (on the tongue side), where they can’t be seen; otherwise they are similar to traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are placed on teeth differently, and wearing them often takes some getting used to at first. But those trade-offs are worth it for plenty of people. Which celebs wore lingual braces? Rumor has it that the list includes some top models, a well-known pop singer, and at least one British royal.
So what’s the best way to straighten your teeth and keep the orthodontic appliances unnoticeable? Just ask us! We’d be happy to help you choose the option that’s just right for you. You’ll get an individualized evaluation, a solution that fits your lifestyle — and a great-looking smile!
For more information about hard-to-see (or truly invisible) orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics for the Older Adult” and “Clear Aligners for Teenagers.”