Orthodontics is a very important specialty that without, many of our lives would be quite different and most likely less enjoyable to a degree. Most people are not born with properly aligned teeth and can have some issues with their upper and lower jaw lining up properly. Jaw alignment issues can contribute to dental and gum disease, tension headaches later in life and also cause uneven wear of teeth especially if one grinds their teeth in their sleep. An orthodontist must first educate themselves by way of obtaining a Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD), Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), Doctor of Dental Surgery or Doctor of Dental Science (DDS) before they are able to be accepted into a orthodontics residency program. Here, for 2-3 year they gain the education and training needed in a hospital or university setting where they mainly focus on fixed straight wire appliances or what most people know as braces. This particular teeth straightening method has been around for many years and it being applied with stainless steel brackets and metal wiring is still the most common, effective and economical way to correct crooked teeth and jaw alignment issues.
Anyone who wants to have their smiles corrected would likely want to make sure that the orthodontist they choose knows exactly what they are doing and has the proper experience. After they graduate with any of the aforementioned scholastic accolades and attend an orthodontic residency, anyone who can now officially consider themselves an orthodontist has had to stand before members of the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) and give an involved and detailed presentation about six individual cases where they administered orthodontic treatment. Here, they present their cases and defend and explain the clinical decisions they made. They also put the results of their treatment on display using many photographs and give detailed descriptions of their methods. If the board members are satisfied with the information provided by the aspiring orthodontist during their presentation and they also pass the written exam administered by the same board, they can then be officially considered board-certified orthodontists. Many at this point begin their own practices by providing a variety of smile correction procedures that range beyond just braces, but also methods like Invisalign as well.
Invisalign is the newest and most impressive orthodontic procedure that the industry has ever seen and in many cases, it is capable of producing the kind of quality results that braces can. Not everyone is a perfect candidate for Invisalign but for those can achieve satisfactory results that will make them feel better about showing their teeth by having this treatment administered by an orthodontist, whether the end result is perfect or not may not be the point. Orthodontists are in the confidence-building business as much as they are the malocclusion-correction business, but they are never going to treat their patients with a smile correction method that is not going to produce results that are in the best interest of their patient or ones that they cannot proudly stand behind. Most orthodontists are extremely detail-oriented people who consider themselves perfectionists and although the majority of them are willing to take a pragmatic approach when it comes to teeth alignment, most see their work as a direct reflection of their skill level and their ability to deliver quality outcomes. So, when Invisalign is not the ideal solution, they will often recommend and install one of several different kinds of braces depending on how concerned their patients are about the self-conscious factor.
Braces are typically made out of and installed using stainless steel brackets and inter-connecting metal wiring. Most children who receive braces wear this economical and effective choice because there is no good reason to pay extra or risk using a less durable material for children when they do not have the fear of judgment from their peers to worry about. Braces for adults however, are a completely different matter altogether because the older a braces patient is, the more uncommon it is for them to have braces. In these cases, adults often appreciate having the option to have their braces applied using either clear plastic brackets or ones made out of ceramic. Either of these options make the process less conspicuous to the outside world and can lessen the anxiety the patient feels during the time they are undergoing treatment. Lingual braces are more expensive and tedious for an orthodontist to apply because the brackets go on the backside of the patient’s teeth, but this can be a viable option as well depending on what an orthodontist thinks about one’s individual circumstances.