Missing Teeth: Replacing Them is Easier Than Ever

I have always been an avid hockey player, and my love took a bad turn one day when I got struck in the mouth with the puck. It was a painful moment that left me with two teeth knocked out of my mouth. Had I taken the right steps after the accident, I could have possibly saved the teeth, but I did not know I had that option at the time. Thankfully, I worked up the courage to visit a dentist and ask what my options for teeth-replacement were. I was worried I would would have to live the rest of my life without smiling, but I was ecstatic to learn that I was the perfect candidate for dental implants. I created this blog to help others realize that there are so many options to replace missing teeth today that no one has to "just live with" an imperfect smile!

Think About Wearing Invisible Braces

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Getting braces as an adult may feel embarrassing. You don't want to look like a teenager. You don't want to worry about what people are thinking of you when they look at you wearing shiny, silver braces. You can talk to your dentist about what your options are. Those options can include things like lingual braces, which are braces that are placed on the inside of your teeth. You may also get something like Invisalign, AKA invisible braces. 

Invisible Braces

These braces aren't exactly braces, and they aren't permanently attached to your teeth. Instead, they are trays that are made out of clear dental plastic. The trays have little indentations in them for where your teeth should go. When you put them in, your teeth won't quite fit into those spots, but as you wear the invisible braces, your teeth will slowly move into position. Once your teeth are in the right position, it will be time to get the next tray. The word tray sounds like they are big and bulky, they really aren't. The trays are thin and will fit directly next to your teeth. Your doctor can tell you why they think that this option is the best one for you. 


One reason that your dentist might think that these are the right choice for you is that they are unobtrusive. The trays are thin and clear, and they just slide up onto your teeth. No one can see them unless they are really close or trying to see them. The trays shouldn't change the shape of your mouth or make it hard for you to talk while you are wearing them. That can be a problem with traditional braces. Because those braces are placed on your teeth, they add bulk to your teeth, slightly change the shape of your mouth, and distort your speech until you get used to them, or after every time they get tightened. 


Unlike metal braces, the invisible aligner trays are able to be removed, but you should wear them unless you are eating or brushing your teeth. The fact that you can remove them when you are eating means you don't have to limit your diet. Removing them to brush your teeth means that your teeth will be healthy and look good when you are done wearing them. 

If you are an adult and you want to get braces, you might want to talk to your dentist about wearing Invisalign braces


5 April 2022