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Now for the Negatives: What to Consider When Deciding Between Mouthguards and Adult Braces

If you were to take a look at students in school today you would see that the majority of them have braces. After all, now is the perfect time for their smile to be adjusted. However, while it may be cost-accessible now, braces were not as accessible when adults today were teenagers.

This leaves adults today who have a smile they are unhappy with to mostly opt for cosmetic work. However, this isn’t permanent and comes with its own set of problems.

If you are an adult are want to correct your smile, below is some information about mouthguard treatment and traditional braces.

Traditional Braces

If it seems like braces haven’t come a long way since you were younger, it’s because it hasn’t. While the materials used may have changed, the general technique has not; in that a metal wire works to pull and push your teeth around your mouth. As vulgar is it sounds, it does come with positives:

  • Braces are easily the most effective corrective dental treatment available. Orthodontists are given precise control over the movements of individual teeth.
  • Modern braces can work much faster than you may think thanks to advances in the metal which your Orthodontist can work with and much faster than a mouthguard based treatment.
  • Traditional braces come with a very low entry cost, making them affordable to a wide range of people.
  • Despite it being listed as a negative below, being able to choose colors is a great positive for self conscious fashionistas who are afraid their braces will clash with their latest purchase from the Groupon Coupons page for Express.

Of course, there are negatives associated with them:

There is no hiding that you have braces on your teeth. They are going to be obvious.

After your monthly realignments and even during your treatment, you can feel significant pain and discomfort as problematic teeth are forcibly moved.

Eating becomes something which you dread having to do as the majority of your food become stuck to your braces.

Now, Let’s Talk About Mouthguard Based Systems

The most common brand of treatment is Invisalign, however, there is a range of other brands available. However, they all work much in the same way; you are given a set of mouthguards which you change each fortnight that, over time, will adjust your teeth and smile.

Let’s start with some of the positives:

  • They are completely invisible. Unless you tell people that you are using them, nobody will know.
  • You can drink and eat easily without the need to remove the mouthguards.
  • Overall they are considered to be a comfortable treatment option

Now for the Negatives:

  • They are not often an affordable option.
  • Orthodontists are limited in the movement of teeth they can achieve, with patients often having to complement the treatment with braces.
  • Because they are removable, patients tend to take them out and forget about them, slowing down the treatment.

While deciding which option is best for you is a personal choice, it’s important to remember that there is a choice which doesn’t involve cosmetic work. While it may not seem like a great idea right now, spending a few years working on your real teeth can be beneficial as you grow older and don’t have to rely on repetitive cosmetic dental treatments.

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