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Hello! My name is Den. This blog is going to cover a range of dental topics. I am not a dentist or a dental nurse but I have recently undergone a lot of dental treatment. This treatment has given me a great insight into the world of dentistry and I would like to share everything I have learnt with you here. Last year, I developed terrible pain in my mouth. I was diagnosed with severe tooth decay. The dentist removed the problem teeth and then inserted false ones in their place. He also whitened my teeth to improve my smile. I hope you find my blog useful.


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When You Need Braces (But Are Self-Conscious About Wearing Them)

by Myrtle Banks

There are some self-conscious people who saw the pandemic as the ideal time to get some much-needed orthodontic work. This has a certain logic to it—since their orthodontics will regularly be concealed beneath a face mask. But it's not like braces or aligners need to be that prominent. If you need braces but don't want them to be conspicuous, there are numerous discreet options that can align your teeth without being too obvious.

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners reposition your teeth just like standard braces, albeit with a considerably different execution. The aligner trays are made of transparent thermoplastic in a horseshoe arrangement to fit over your upper and lower dental arches. The dimensions of each tray have been configured to your specific teeth, with each tray capable of moving your teeth anywhere from .25 to .33 millimetres before it's replaced by the next in the series. The trays aren't quite invisible but are certainly unobtrusive. But there are limits to what clear aligners can achieve, and they're only suitable for mild to moderate spacing or overcrowding issues in your dental arch. Your specific case might warrant a more traditional approach.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces have a look and configuration comparable to traditional braces, but with a key difference. They're attached to the back of your dental arch, instead of the front. You'll still need to see your orthodontist regularly to have the necessary adjustments made, but these braces are concealed by your teeth while still realigning your teeth. Short of you angling your head backward and opening your mouth as wide as possible, it's going to be difficult for someone to spot that you're wearing lingual braces. 

Traditional Braces

The objectives of orthodontic work are obviously precise, so it's not as though the available forms of treatment are interchangeable. While you might have your heart set on clear aligners, or even lingual braces, your orthodontist might inform you that traditional braces are the only way to truly meet your needs. Not to worry—the idea that traditional braces look like train tracks across your teeth is quite outdated. The brackets attached to your teeth, and the adjustable archwire thread through those brackets can be provided in a variety of colours. It's possible to have the components of traditional braces made to match your teeth. Again, this won't be invisible, but it does allow your orthodontics to blend into the background. 

If the thought of wearing braces for the duration of your treatment makes you feel self-conscious, remember that you're not the only one to experience these feelings. As such, you can take advantage of the discretion of modern orthodontics.

For more information on orthodontics, contact a professional near you.