It is important for people to feel good about who they are and what they are capable of accomplishing and possessing confidence is more helpful in this endeavor than just about anything. People feeling good about their smiles on a daily basis produces the same kind of feeling that a man or woman looking good in a bathing suit at the pool on a hot summer day does, only people have to wear their smiles everyday so feeling good is not just seasonal. Braces for kids are very common but they are not so much for adults, especially the traditional kind applied using stainless steel brackets and wiring. Those who did not come from backgrounds where they were able to get the proper orthodontic treatment may find themselves in a bit of a predicament when they enter into their adulthood and feel insecure about their smile.
Orthodontists go to school for an additional two to four years than dentists do in order to practice this specific dental specialty. During their time at orthodontics school they closely chronicle and keep detailed, ongoing reports about six separate cases that they eventually have to present to the American Board of Orthodontists after at the end of their program. During this presentation they are expected to defend the clinical decisions they made and be able to explain the reasoning behind them. If the board is satisfied they are permitted to take their final written examination and if they pass they are able to become board-certified orthodontists.
Human kind has concerned themselves with having straight teeth as since as early as ancient Egyptian times. Archaeological studies have discovered mummified remains that have had metal bands around the base of their teeth that were used to help align them and space them properly. This technique did not change that much for thousands of years because even until the 1970s, it was still common practice to fashion metal bands around teeth in order to create enough surface area to establish anchor points with which to control the movement of the teeth. They used to use a variety of precious metals because they were strong yet malleable but when the 1950s came along it became clear that stainless steel was the most effective material to use for fixed straight wire appliances (braces).
As early as the late 1930s bracket design has been evolving and many patents were filed in the process leading up to the invention of the self-litigating bracket. Once this bracket was invented, it still had to wait a couple of decades before it could be fully appreciated when the formula for dental adhesive was finally perfected. Dental adhesive made it possible to glue brackets directly to the surface of teeth so that the interconnecting wires could be tightened effectively and efficiently without there being a need for metal bands to be wrapped around the teeth. The self-litigating bracket was fully developed by the mid 1970s when this adhesive was made commercially available and put into practice, then braces became a lot more common because they were a lot easier to apply, adjust and remove.
The self-litigating brackets that were used in modern-day braces were originally made of stainless steel and they still are; however they are also made of ceramic and transparent plastic as well. Plastic braces are sometimes called invisible braces because the plastic used is totally clear and is harder to detect than the stainless steel is. Ceramic, for the same reason as plastic are made to be more discreet than metal but it is a matter of opinion as to which blends in better or is more difficult to notice. Stainless steel is very obvious but it is the most economical and durable out of the three materials that brackets are commonly made out of. Extra trips to the orthodontist for repairs can be costly and inconvenient so this factor should be taken into consideration when one is deciding what kind of braces to get.
Everyone’s situation is different and needs to be treated as such by their orthodontist but in many cases when someone really just wants their smile to have more aesthetic appeal, sometimes Invisalign is a great choice for them because metal brackets and wiring are not required at all. The Invisalign process is painless and can often be completed in far less time than what braces typically take, especially for adults whose teeth have moved further out of position than they would have had time to do if they were children. Invisalign is an easy choice for adults to make but this is not an appropriate method for children because the job can be done right with braces at this time of their lives, instead of retroactively dealing with the matter using Invisalign for strictly aesthetic purposes.