Do you work in the entertainment industry and have received an odd look or comment about your teeth? If you grew up with crooked teeth and received comments back then too, it’s hard to feel confident in yourself. Within an appearance-driven industry like entertainment, has it made you wonder whether it’s time to get your teeth fixed, finally?
Certainly, there’s never a “best time” to do it. Let’s be honest here. If you have to wear metal braces for a couple of years, it’s not going to be the best look. But there are also a few other treatment options that don’t draw additional attention to you while they’re underway and typically they take less time for less serious crooked teeth problems.
So, let’s look at what your options might be and see if any of them will suit you.
Orthodontic Braces for the Win?
Maybe, or maybe not. Metal or ceramic braces originally were used for minor to major teeth alignment problems. They’re uncomfortable and can make life less pleasant for a couple of years while they’re being worn. Eating food and consuming beverages isn’t a joy either, usually with a requirement to quickly excuse yourself to the washroom to try to brush the food remnants away after the meal.
Nevertheless, for teeth that are pointing at an odd angle and will need considerable corrective action over several years, then traditional braces are likely the best treatment option.
But what do you do if you have less significant teeth alignment problems and don’t like the idea of metal braces?
Invisible Braces Come Under the Spotlight
Invisible braces are fairly new. They’re a manufactured realignment dental product that is custom designed only for your teeth and no one else’s. A kit is sent out that will let you take an imprint of your teeth and when mailed back, this is used to create the product just for you.
Is There More Than One Type of Invisible Braces?
There are different types of invisible braces, and we’ll cover the main two below:
There are all day wear clear aligners. The invisible braces (which are interchangeably called clear aligners) just fit over your teeth for daytime wear. It’s beneficial to have them in place for 20+ hours a day – as long as possible, ideally.
The longer they’re worn, the sooner the teeth will be better aligned. You can fit them in position in a second and remove them just as fast, unlike with braces which are fixed in place for years.
NightOnly Clear Aligners
NightOnly clear aligners from ALIGNERCO are intended only for overnight use while sleeping. They can be worn for 8-10 hours. Since they’re worn for up to 10 hours, whereas daytime clear aligners are worn longer each day, typically nighttime versions will require additional months to fix teeth alignment issue. They’re also produced slightly different and come with a marginally higher price point. However, as ALIGNERCO points out, they entirely skip the need to wear aligners during the day, which is very desirable, especially when working in the entertainment industry.
How Visible Are Invisible Braces?
They’re designed as transparent teeth correction product. Because of that, they fit in position and then are largely invisible to people walking past.
Now, of course, anything that someone wears in their mouth and over their teeth may be observed when close enough to do so. But just like how you might not clearly identify a set of ceramic braces from a distance, there’s a much better chance of an invisible clear aligner going unnoticed.
Will Clear Braces Break the Bank?
What is off-putting with orthodontics is just how much they cost. You’re often talking about $4,000 to $6,000 or more. The prices certainly won’t be inexpensive, especially in the Hollywood area. This often causes people to stop right there.
With clear aligners, however, they’re far more affordable. Costing under $2,500 and sometimes considerably less than this figure, it’s really for night and day.
Will Attending a Dental Clinic Be Necessary?
To get a set of perfectly fitting metal or ceramic braces, there’s no getting around the need to get an appointment at a dental clinic. They will need to take precise measurements or rely upon digital imagery of your mouth and teeth to create the braces. Then when they’re ready, they’ll need to be fitted with a follow-up appointment too.
For aligners, a kit is delivered to the home that lets you make teeth impressions. Once they receive the kit back, the aligners are produced to perfectly fit the impressions provided. No dental clinic visits are required throughout the entire process.
So, if you’ve been endlessly delaying getting your teeth alignment issues resolved, there’s your answer. Likely, it’s easier and cheaper now than you thought.