In this day and age, most people have at least one social media profile. Sharing photos of yourself and your adventures is a great way to keep your friends and family up to date, and to be honest, a great way to show off how good your life is. If you've been told that you need braces for a severe alignment problem with your teeth, there's a good chance that you've been told that invisible braces are off the table. However, that doesn't mean you're out of options! Here's how you can get your teeth straightened without anyone knowing.
Why Invisible Braces Aren't a Good Fit
If you've looked in to invisible braces, chances are you've heard them described as invisible aligners at least once. This is a more honest description of these devices, and exactly where your problem lies.
Invisible braces or aligners are great at rearranging individual teeth so that they're more in line with each other. However, invisible aligners lack the strength and coordination necessary in order to really change the way your entire jaw works. If you have a severe overbite, underbite, or jaw issues, chances are invisible aligners can help your teeth to look a little nicer, but they won't make your upper and lower jaw even or make it easier for you to talk and chew. You really need a pair of metal braces in order to significantly change the way your teeth and jaw work, but that doesn't mean that you have to flash metal every time you smile.
Sublingual braces are the best option for someone like you. That's because they're made just like standard metal braces, correct teeth and the jaw just like standard metal braces, and are in fact real metal braces. However, you won't see them. Why? Because they're mounted on the back of your teeth!
Sublingual braces, as the name indicates, are closer to your tongue than the outside world. When you smile, the front of your teeth will be completely bare, allowing you to flash your pearly whites. You can also easily keep your teeth looking white with whitening since you won't have brackets in the way of your teeth.
What to Expect
Sublingual braces are easy enough to get from an orthodontist. Explain what your concerns are and how you want to address them. Your orthodontist will ensure that you're a good candidate for sublingual braces, and if so, you can get the process started right away.
Multiple sets of x-rays and molds are often needed for your dentist. This is so that they can get a good idea of how your teeth and jaw are aligned and make a plan to adjust them accordingly.
Once your dentist has come up with a correction plan, you'll go over it together, agree to an amount of time, and then your braces can be put on.
Sublingual braces are put on almost the exact same way as standard braces. Brackets are mounted to the backs of your teeth, and then a wire is strung through all the brackets. Your orthodontist will tighten them to move your teeth and jaw in a certain direction.
Getting sublingual braces will let you keep taking the photos you love sharing without having to spend time airbrushing your teeth in photos or keeping your lips closed. Talk to an orthodontist and get the ball rolling on sublingual braces right away.