For many people, braces are something from their childhood. Unfortunately, your teeth may shift later in life, long after you have had orthodontic treatment. In between your childhood and now, you may not have thought much about orthodontics, unless you have children of your own who have undergone treatment. What you should know is that orthodontic technology has improved in several areas. If you are returning for treatment as an adult, the methods to prepare you for orthodontic work, and the materials used, can be more effective and discreet than you realize.
How Orthodontic Technology Has Changed
Improved technology has made for better orthodontic treatment. Even the initial stages of treatment – taking impressions of your teeth – have changed. An iTero digital scanner can eliminate the need to take a manual impression of your teeth. Your dentist can gather a more accurate survey of your teeth with a process that avoids the unpleasantness of biting into a dental mold. The material used in braces has also changed. A nickel-titanium wire can provide a more comfortable adjustment experience with braces, and even reduce how often you need to attend manual adjustments.
More Discreet Orthodontic Options
You may be uncomfortable at the idea of wearing braces as an adult, but this concern may not be necessary. You might be able to adjust the position of your teeth with Invisalign, which uses a series of clear trays to bring your teeth back to the correct position. If your orthodontist does not approve this method, it is still possible to have a less-visible correction by electing to receive tooth-colored brackets with your braces.