Our world is, for better or worse, a visual world. Every day we are looking around and making judgments based on what we see. We choose where we want to eat based how the restaurant looks, who we want to talk to based on how they dress, and whether we like a person based on what they look like. One of the biggest determining factors when it comes to human interaction is whether or not someone finds you attractive, and one of the biggest factors behind finding someone attractive is the condition of their smile. Is it white, and is it straight? Those are the questions that we ask, if only subconsciously. Panama City Smiles in Panama City, FL can help you with both of those. We offer dental whitening in our office, and we also offer you a number of different orthodontic options to help you get the straight smile you need.
Orthodontic Options from Panama City Smiles
Here are four ways Dr. Patel offers to get the straight smile you need.
Traditional Braces – For many people, traditional is the way they should go. This may be for several reasons. The first is that their orthodontic problems may be too severe for other alignment methods to be effective. They may not be old enough for some of the more discreet options. Another reason may be that they simply don’t want to spend the money on other types of treatment. Whatever the reason, traditional braces remain one of the most trusted orthodontic treatments available. You have metal brackets bonded to the front of your teeth, and a wire will run to each bracket. It is this wire that applies the corrective force your smile needs to get into alignment. This treatment is one of the less expensive options and will last for between two to three years. After that, you will get to enjoy your new smile.
Lingual Braces – Lingual braces are a lot like traditional braces in that they use metal brackets, and wires to treat your misaligned smile. Where the difference comes in is where the brackets and wires are placed inside your mouth: they are bonded to the back of your teeth. You get some of the same great alignment benefits that traditional braces provide but don’t have to deal with the effect of filling your smile with visible metal while they are in your mouth. Just imagine, all the benefits that come with braces and almost none of the downsides. This method is more expensive than the traditional route. The average treatment time is about two years but will be determined by Dr. Patel.
Clear Ceramic Braces – Take traditional braces and blend them into the appearance of your smile, and you have clear ceramic braces. The brackets are clear and will be less conspicuous when you smile. Even the wire can be made the same color as your teeth to further hide the presence of braces. All of this will add up to an unhindered appearance and a great-looking smile. Your cost will be dictated by the amount of time you have these on, and your treatment time will be in line with both the traditional and lingual options. This option may not work for more severe misalignment, so talk to Dr. Patel to find out whether they can work for you.
ClearCorrect – Don’t want braces of any kind on your teeth? Looking for some other way to get the straight smile you want? ClearCorrect invisible braces may be just the ticket. These clear plastic dental aligners will keep the metal braces out of your mouth and replace them with smooth, clear plastic. This means you get the straightening you need, and your smile will not have to deal with the effect of metal brackets and wires. Your dental aligners will be made as you go through the treatment. This will give you a totally personalized experience. This is one of the more expensive options, but it is also one of the fastest options available. Your treatment may be over in as little as six months.
A straight smile is something you can take with you anywhere. Find your straight smile at Panama City Smiles today. Call our office at 850-588-0185 to schedule your smile consultation today. Don’t let crooked teeth stand between you and the smile you deserve.