Beverly is a seventh grader with horrible anxiety surrounding every visit to the orthodontist. She just had braces put on her teeth last year and to her terror, her heartless orthodontist glued the hideous metal kind onto each tooth. He even sent Beverly home from her last visit with a little sack full of rubber bands and directed her to wear them every day to school! She would surely rather die because this is practically social suicide! Her mother reminds her everyday that this will all be worth it in the end once her braces are removed to reveal a perfectly aligned smile, but Beverly is convinced it is too late. She is embarrassed to smile and finds herself holding back in situations she normally would thrive in. She is becoming angry with her parents for forcing her to go through with this and she is constantly looking at others with hostility if their teeth don’t require “fixing”. She will never be able to gain her social status back, especially when all the other kids are getting the kind of braces that don’t show. Her future is looking rather brim.
If this is a story you cannot relate to, surely you know at least one other person who can. Perhaps you even have a child who is struggling like Beverly right now. Orthodontics can be a confusing term for many with the opposing negative and positive pulls from each end. So much pressure pushes us to straighten our teeth for a prettier smile, yet such negative implications surround the idea of actually having braces. The positives tend to outweigh the negatives for most of us as we decide to sacrifice our smile for however long it takes to straighten out our crooked teeth.
Unfortunately, the idea of sacrificing a smile for several months or even years is unthinkable and can be rather traumatizing for some. Fortunately for those at a vulnerable age like Beverly, there are now other options that are comparable in price so that their children will not have to undergo “social suicide”. For most kids, this news is quite the breakthrough and many are even excited to jump right into the world of orthodontics.
Garai Orthodontic Specialists offer services such as invisible lingual braces and invisalign retainers to correct bite and alignment much like traditional braces do. Lingual braces are a brand new idea in the world of cosmetic orthodontics. In this procedure, metal brackets are still attached to each tooth to allow for proper movement and adjustments, however unlike traditional braces, lingual braces are placed on the inside of the teeth so that your smile is not altered in the slightest. In fact, many other people will hardly even notice the difference unless you point it out. Invsalign was created from the same desire to make minor teeth adjustments go un-noticed. This process involves a number of clear, plastic retainers designed to move teeth slowly as the retainers are switched out every two weeks until the desired result is reached.
Dr. Garai operates two convenient locations that offer both of these services and more so that you can secure the smile you’ve always wanted. Call his office today or schedule your complimentary consultation online!