A pediatric dentist works with your child to treat their condition and teach them the importance of oral health from a young age. Misalignment and malocclusions are quite common in children and adolescents as their teeth develop. There are several reasons a child might require braces. Treating these conditions early on can help guide their…
Orthodontics Can Help Self Esteem and Confidence
Invisalign® and traditional braces are two of the most common treatments that are used in orthodontics. General dentists offer both in an effort to boost individuals' self-esteem and confidence, in addition to improving oral health. Continue reading to find out more.
Orthodontic treatment for a smile booster
Below is a quick overview of how orthodontics can be used to improve one's self-esteem and confidence. This information can be helpful to review when considering treatment such as aligners or braces.
What treatment may look like
Orthodontics refers to a number of different treatment options; however, the two most basic and common are clear aligners and braces. Clear aligners are usually offered for mild to moderate problems, such as crowding or crookedness. Braces, on the other hand, can address far more, including over and underbites, which are both very common.
With clear aligners, the treatment process is flexible and relatively easier. The aligners are removable and allow for proper oral hygiene. However, more discipline is required on the patient's part. 22 hours a day of wear is necessary, otherwise, the treatment process is at risk of being delayed.
With braces, brackets are cemented to each tooth, and wires are fed through each. This mechanism has been used for centuries and is the most common approach to bite correction and teeth straightening. The dentist will adjust the wires every few weeks to ensure a tight and precise treatment.
Why consider treatment
In the case of orthodontics to improve self-esteem and confidence, the most suitable treatment option may be clear aligners, like Invisalign®. These clear aligners allow for the most discreet treatment, which makes it easier for the wearer to smile in photos or in public situations. The teeth can be straightened in a discreet manner, which ultimately will lead to overall better confidence.
Of course, orthodontic treatment will help boost one's confidence and self-esteem afterward. Individuals who have straight teeth are much more likely to want to show off their smiles!
In addition to feeling better about yourself, orthodontics also helps to improve oral health. When the teeth are crooked or crowded, there are harder-to-reach areas, which makes it easier for bacteria to grow. This bacteria can turn into cavities that rot the teeth and gums. Clear aligners or braces can correct this problem and allow for better oral health and a fresh new smile!
Talk to a general dentist about orthodontics
When considering orthodontic treatment, it is best to start by consulting with a general dentist. Most general dentists are actually trained and equipped to offer orthodontic treatment, whether it be clear braces, aligners, or traditional braces. Of course, if the imperfections are extremely severe, a specialist may be required to step in. However, when just starting the process, visit a general dentist.
An evaluation can be done to determine what type of orthodontic treatment is most suitable. From there, the patient can ask questions or go over any concerns.
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