We learn from an early age that looks are important. Just try walking out of your house with rollers in your hair or a plaid shirt paired with a tutu and you’ll see what I mean, but even if you walk out of your house dressed to impress, that crooked grin with too many teeth can hold you back both personally and professionally. Unfortunately, many of us have grown up without access to proper orthodontia and are trying to make up for that in our adulthood. With better relationship and job opportunities on the line, you may be wondering what the best corrective measures are for your pearly whites.
Metal braces are the most cost effective option. If you’re looking to save money and are comfortable with your looks, they may be the best option for you. We probably all have an image of how metal braces look and they do function effectively, but the downside to that is that they can also be incredibly irritating to the inside of your mouth. Anyone who has been jabbed by a stainless steel wire can testify to that. Metal braces also look pretty terrifying-especially on adults. At least you can choose the colors that coordinate with your work clothes-I guess. This option is best left for those who cannot afford anything else or those with extreme confidence.
Less affordable than metal braces are their ceramic sisters. The brackets are made to blend in with your teeth and look less obtrusive. They’re still noticeable, but not nearly as much as their metal counterparts. This is a great middle of the road option. As with metal braces, you still have to be careful of what you eat, but if you don’t plan on chewing gum or eating taffy this may be a good option for you. If you’re a smoker, however, you may want to stick with metal as the nicotine could stain the brackets, making your mouth look diseased.
The third, and best option if you only have limited orthodontic correction, is to opt for invisible braces-such as Invisalign. These options are limited in the amount of correction that they can do, but they are practically invisible. For some they can be cost prohibitive, so make sure that they’re in the budget before you get too attached. It also may come as a surprise that they aren’t completely invisible-even if the fancy ads want you to believe that. While definitely the least obtrusive, you may want to think twice before deciding on invisible braces, especially when you have to take the slobbery trays out before eating during that important business meeting.
There may not be a perfect option for everyone, but there is one for you if you’re considering braces. Find what makes you most comfortable and soon enough that promotion that would have gone to Toothy Bob two cubicles over, could be yours.