- Published Date: 29 Oct 2021
- Updated Date: 21 Mar 2022
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Did you know that 87% of people under the age of 35 have felt insecure about their smile at some point in their lives?¹ This is a sad statistic not only because of how many people feel this way but because a smile is an endearing and genuine display of emotion that should never be insecure.
The reasons why people may dislike their smiles include asymmetry, yellow teeth, and especially crooked or crowded teeth. In the past, there was not much that dentists could do to fix these problems. Luckily, we live in an age where a smile makeover can transform any set of teeth into a smile to be proud of.
But how is this accomplished? Most smiles improve with braces, but what kind of braces are best? In this article, we’ll be exploring this question in detail and how the right dental aligners can give you the smile you always wanted.
If you’re interested in the smile makeover process, keep reading more down below.
How a Smile Makeover Can Solve an Insecure Smile
Around half of all Americans have had their smile criticized either by coworkers or someone close to them. This criticism can often lead to people being afraid to smile or show their teeth. You’ve most likely seen people who cover their mouths when they laugh.
This is a sure sign of smile insecurity. No one should dislike their smile or fear that someone might find their smile unattractive. Rather, a smile should always be an authentic and fearless display of joy and enjoyment.
Some may find that a permanent smile makeover is the answer to fighting smile insecurity. But what does a smile makeover involve and how much does a smile makeover cost?
The number one way smiles improve is by fixing crooked and crowded teeth. Braces are the solution. Braces come in many forms and include ceramic braces, metal braces, lingual braces, and clear braces or aligners.
From this point on, we’ll be exploring each of these different braces, how they work, and which might be the best choice. We will, of course, discuss the cost of each type of braces. By knowing this information, you can be more confident in choosing correctly if you decide to give your smile a makeover.
Without further ado, let’s start with one of the most common and traditional types of braces: metal braces.
Remember that when visiting a smile makeover dentist to get braces put, the procedure may take some time. On average, it takes between one to two hours to put on braces.² While the process may feel uncomfortable, it should not be painful.
The process of getting metal braces is more or less the same as ceramic braces which we will discuss later. Your teeth are first cleaned and dried so there is no debris that might get trapped under your new braces. If you have very crowded teeth, your dentist may decide to put rubber bands around some of your teeth so enough space is created to put on braces at a later time.
Applying the Braces
When it’s finally time to apply braces to your teeth, your dentist will start with the brackets. Brackets are squarish metal (or ceramic) clamps that function to hold in place wires that will be added later. The brackets are attached to the centre of each tooth with non-toxic glue.
Once the glue dries and the brackets are firmly in place, the dentist will wrap bands around your molars which will also be secured with glue. The bands are important for holding together the final structure of the braces and for realigning your teeth over time.
Towards the end of the procedure, archwires will be attached to the brackets with rubber bands. These archwires are what attach all the brackets to each other and what will pull your teeth into place. Children and teens will delight in being able to choose the colours of the bracket rubber bands.
Modern metal braces are sleek and convenient, but there are some downsides. Many are unhappy with the obvious appearance of metal braces. It is also important to have very good dental hygiene while you have metal braces since food can build up under the wires and brackets and cause dental issues.
Another downside is the price. Metal braces can cost up to $7,000.
As mentioned previously, ceramic braces are applied in the same way as metal braces. There are some major differences between metal and ceramic braces, however.
Ceramic braces are not as noticeable as metal braces because they are tooth-coloured. They also tend to be more durable than metal braces. They are overall smaller than metal braces, although their brackets are larger.
If your teeth are very crooked and in need of an extreme smile makeover, ceramic braces are not the best option. This is because ceramic braces do not do well to tolerate strain or pressure over prolonged periods of time.
Another downside is that ceramic braces tend to stain teeth, especially if good dental hygiene is not followed. This staining is due to the rubber bands that connect the ceramic braces to your teeth. The longer you have your braces, the more likely your teeth may be stained.
Ceramic braces tend to be more expensive than metal braces as well. Prices for ceramic braces can range up to $8,000.
Lingual braces are not very common and this is because not many dentists are educated in the application of these braces. In fact, it is often up to individual dentists to learn how to apply lingual braces since their application is not often taught in dental school.
So, what makes lingual braces so unique for your smile makeover? Lingual braces are different in that they are not applied on the front of the teeth but on the back. This is a big benefit for those who do not want others to see that they have braces.
Lingual braces are not much different from metal braces. They contain the same components such as brackets and archwires. The main difference is that they are on the backside of your teeth, and while this comes with obvious benefits, there are also some downsides.
A major downside is that lingual braces will most likely give you a lisp. This is because when speaking, your tongue is not able to interact directly with your teeth and you will not be able to enunciate properly.
Lingual braces tend to be more uncomfortable than other braces. They are also very expensive and can cost up to $13,000.³
Clear Braces or Aligners
A smile makeover with clear aligners is full of benefits. Clear braces or aligners, unlike other braces, are removable rather than attached to your teeth. Because of this, there is no risk of food getting caught under your braces or your teeth stained.
As their name suggests, clear braces are nearly invisible and are great for those who are insecure about visible braces. They can also be used for a range of dental problems from minor dental crookedness to severe overbites and gaps between teeth. This is not to mention that clear aligners can straighten teeth twice as fast as other braces.
Your dentist will give you a set of aligner trays that you will use as your teeth start to shift. The advantage of this is that you will not need to visit your dentist very often. Also, any dental discomfort is minimal since you can remove your clear aligners whenever you want.
There are very few downsides to getting clear braces. For example, when using clear aligners, you will need to brush and floss your teeth more often. This is because if any food is left on your teeth when you put your clear braces on, this can increase the risk of cavities.
It is necessary to remove clear aligners each time you eat a meal. This can be frustrating to remember, but it is important to your smile makeover journey. By eating meals while keeping your clear braces on, you can damage your braces over time and ruin your dental results.
Yet another advantage of clear braces is the pricing. Unlike the previous braces discussed that can be very expensive, clear aligners are relatively cheap. In fact, on average, clear aligners cost around $2,000.
When it comes to your smile makeover, you can’t get much better than clear aligners!
Cosmetic Dentistry: How Much Does a Smile Makeover Cost?
Now that you know more about metal braces, ceramic braces, sublingual braces, and clear braces, you’re already closer to your smile makeover. If you think clear aligners might be right for you, you’re in the right place.
To learn more about clear aligners, on our website we offer a free assessment and a free teeth whitening kit with some of our plans.
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