We’ve said goodbye to the year 2018 and welcomed 365 brand new days—fresh opportunities for growth, success, and happiness. In 2019, don’t let anything hold you back from achieving your dreams, especially not your less-than-perfect smile. Gardner Orthodontics knows that making the decision to have a healthy smile is a great start to the new year!
For many adults and teens, crooked or imperfect teeth can have a negative impact on self-confidence. Now is the time to make a New Year’s resolution to correct your cosmetic dental concerns with braces or Invisalign aligners.
What is Invisalign?
This popular orthodontic treatment is a progressive series of clear aligners that change the position of your teeth through steady pressure. Invisalign can be used to treat some of the most common cosmetic dental problems, such as gaps between teeth, overbites, underbites, and mouth crowding. As you move through your treatment plan to a new set of aligners, your teeth will gradually shift into a straighter, more attractive alignment. The aligners are clear and difficult to detect during wear, perfect for adults and teens who want a subtle treatment solution. Invisalign is ultra-convenient, requiring no emergency orthodontist visits for broken brackets or wires. They’re easily removed for eating, drinking, and brushing.
Metal braces have long been the primary method for fixing crooked smiles. Modern metal braces use brackets that are smaller and less perceptible than those of their predecessors. Braces not only improve the look of your smile but also advance the practical functioning of your teeth and bite.
Metal braces do require proper care by the wearer to maximize results and prevent complications. When wearing metal braces, you should avoid foods that are chewy or hard and crunchy. Foods can easily become lodged between your braces. To decrease your risk of cavities and embarrassing food-in-the-teeth moments, be sure to cut items like fruits and vegetables into small pieces, rather than biting directly into them.
Why Fix Your Smile for the New Year?
Having straight teeth means you’re more likely to smile often and speak clearly. Imagine how these small changes could impact your personal relationships or your career. If you’re embarrassed by your smile, chances are the people around you are missing out on how approachable, confident, and knowledgeable you really are.
New Year’s resolutions are intended to inspire people to make positive changes. By fixing your smile in the new year, you can boost your self-esteem, build better relationships, and be more open and engaged with the world around you.
Another benefit of improving your smile is to your physical health. If you’re proud of your smile, you’re more likely to take great care of it through proper brushing, flossing, and annual dental check-ups. When your teeth are crooked or unhealthy, it can be painful to engage in proper dental hygiene. You’re also less motivated to care for your teeth because, psychologically, your smile evokes negative feelings.
What to Expect From Your Consultation
During your orthodontic consultation, you will answer some questions about your dental treatment history. You should also ask your orthodontist questions to ensure you fully understand the process and goals of your treatment. Some questions you might want to ask include:
- Can my dental concerns be corrected by braces or invisible aligners?
- How long will my orthodontic treatment plan take?
- How much will my treatment cost and how can I pay?
Don’t Wait to Make a Change
Orthodontic treatment is more accessible and affordable than ever before. Whether you decide to use Invisalign or metal braces, you can rest assured knowing that at the end of your treatment, you’ll never go another day without flashing a smile. Take the first step by scheduling a complimentary orthodontic consultation with Gardner Orthodontics! Contact us today at (804) 282-0505 and start your journey to a great new grin!