When you’re a new orthodontic patient, it can be hard to look on the bright side. What you have ahead of you is a years-long journey of responsibility and some discomfort as your smile is pushed into its proper alignment. However, these are just the logistics and they’re inevitable for everyone who wears dental braces – so you’re in good company. What’s important is discovering good reasons to love your braces – and this, believe it or not, will happen naturally along the way.
1. You can express your personality.
If you are wearing conventional metal braces with brackets and wires, you could think of yourself as a metal mouth – but that would be selling the experience short. What you really have is a fun accessory to show off your color preferences.
Love a certain sports team? Have your rubber bands changed out to match their colors. Want to show off your love of the rainbow? Ask for a multi-colored upgrade. Your orthodontist wants to work with you to make your braces experience fun and encouraging. Switching rubber bands regularly is something that must be done anyway – why not make it fun?
2. Your teeth will be healthier.
Crooked, misaligned teeth are harder to take care of and keep thoroughly clean. Yes, the wearing of orthodontics does come with the responsibility of diligently cleaning your braces or aligners with special tools and cleansers, but this is only temporary. Once you’re done wearing braces, you will have a straight smile that is simple to brush and floss. Getting into all the nooks and crannies will be that much easier because there will be fewer hard-to-reach areas, and your oral health will be that much better because of those braces.
3. You can see your teeth changing.
One of the best days in the life of a braces-wearer is when you look in the mirror and realize that your teeth are straighter than they’ve ever been. Whether you’re viewing them in the midst of brackets and wires or admiring them free and clear thanks to the beauty of being able to remove Invisalign, the proof that your orthodontic treatment is working is love at first sight.
4. You can enjoy the foods you love.
If you are a wearer of Invisalign or Invisalign Teen, you have a major perk that wearers of conventional braces do not have – the freedom to remove your orthodontics when you want to. Though you still must wear your trays for 20 to 22 hours a day, having the option to take those aligners out is liberating. Yes, you are an orthodontic patient, but you don’t have the 24/7 unavoidable commitment of conventional braces-wearers.
Meals, especially, become a time to really enjoy your braces because you don’t have any food restrictions. Eat what you want, when you want, as long as the aligners are out of your mouth at the time and trays and teeth are cleaned before they are joined back together.
Find out if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign or dental braces. Contact Dr. Roberts & Dr. de Marsche at Lawrenceville Orthodontists in NJ, to schedule your appointment.