Orthodontic treatment can feel like a significant change to your daily life. You may worry about how you will look when you smile, and show off a set of braces (this can be particularly worrying for adults, who fear looking too youthful). You could be unsure of how long you will be dealing with the presence of your orthodontic appliance, or how they will feel. When it comes to your individual experience, the best way to learn more is to speak with your orthodontist. Dental alignment issues can vary from person to person, so your orthodontist will have limited information before they take a look at your teeth. After your first visit with your orthodontist, you can come away with a clearer image of what your treatment will be like.
What Happens If I Decide Not To Adjust My Teeth?
Not adjusting crooked teeth means more than just losing out on an improved smile. Without correction, you can be more susceptible to issues like tooth decay and gum disease. You will also continue to have an elevated risk for TMJ problems, which can be painful and frustrating.
How Will Orthodontic Work Affect My Appearance?
You may be surprised by how cosmetic orthodontics can help you enjoy your adjustment with less intrusion on your looks. Some patients will be approved for Invisalign; instead of bracket-and-wire braces, removable, clear inserts will shift your teeth. Patients who need more of an adjustment than Invisalign offers can count on tooth-colored brackets for a less conspicuous treatment.
How Long Will It Take For My Teeth To Be Adjusted?
Different patients will have different needs. If your teeth are more significantly crooked, they will require more time for adjustment. Your orthodontist can offer guidance on this matter when you go in for your consultation.