While there are many ways to give your teeth a better overall appearance, braces are still commonly used for both teens and adults for straightening teeth, correcting an overbite, and the like. If your dentist has sent you to an orthodontist and has recommended braces, you might note some information about the procedure and braces in general. This can help you decide if they're the right option and help you know what to discuss with your orthodontist as well.
Why get braces versus veneers or another quick option?
As said, there are many options for making your teeth appear straight and for giving you a nicer smile. However, veneers, caps, bonding, and other such cosmetic procedures don't actually correct the alignment of your teeth. If teeth are severely misaligned and if you have an overbite or under bite, the two sections of the jaw may not be giving each other proper support. In turn, you may be prone to muscle aches and even headaches. The teeth could also be resting on each other improperly and causing early erosion and wear. Braces actually correct the alignment of teeth that, in turn, will address these serious oral health concerns, along with improving your teeth's appearance.
Are there options for making braces less unsightly?
Talk to your orthodontist about getting the braces put on the back of your teeth; this isn't always an option, depending on the issues being corrected, but it might work for you. You may also want to look into clear braces that are less visible than the standard metal braces most people wear.
Can braces ever come off early?
You may not look forward to wearing braces for several years and may wonder if there is anything you can do to have them come off before that time. The length of time you need to wear braces depends entirely on the extent of correction that needs to be made for your teeth and how quickly your teeth respond to the tightening of the wires. There is usually very little you can do yourself to speed up this process. Note too that not following your orthodontist's instructions when it comes to wearing your retainer, changing rubber bands, and the like might mean that your teeth don't respond as quickly as they should, so while you may not be able to get your braces off early, you also want to ensure you're not doing anything to prolong the process either.