What Is Cosmetic Orthodontics?

If you have struggled with being self-conscious and insecure because of your smile, you are not alone. Many people wish for straighter, more aligned teeth so that they can offer a confident first impression to the world.

The good news is that a straight smile isn’t out of reach. At Straight Smiles Orthodontics, we specialize in helping each and every patient feel proud of their grin and get all the support they need throughout the treatment process. 

Let’s spend a little time discussing how orthodontics can be used for cosmetic purposes, and different treatment methods that are also focused on cosmetics, to make the months or years of your treatment look more natural on you.


What’s Special About Cosmetic Orthodontics?

Cosmetic orthodontics focuses on two areas: the appearance of your teeth after the braces come off, and choosing treatment options that are cosmetically appealing for the patient. The good news here is that when a board-certified orthodontist like Dr. Rafaill is monitoring your treatment, you will always end up with the healthiest and most beautiful smile possible! 

The area of cosmetic treatment has grown a huge amount over the past 20 or so years. At Straight Smiles Orthodontics, we are proud to offer our patients multiple options to choose from that will work for their unique orthodontic needs as well as be less visible and more comfortable. 


Cosmetic vs. Functional Orthodontics

Traditionally, orthodontics didn’t focus overtly on the appearance of your teeth. The primary goal of orthodontics was the functionality and health of your smile by reducing bite issues and preventing tooth decay by creating the proper alignment. The positive outcome of this process was turning your smile into its straightest and most beautiful version!

But modern-day orthodontics can take on both the functional issues and prioritize your appearance! With so many different options that are both discreet and effective, we want to empower you to learn more and discuss with your orthodontist which treatment could work for you!


A Variety of Treatment Options

Metal Braces

Metal braces are considered one of the more functional orthodontic treatment options, and not a very cosmetically-focused one. Despite that, it remains one of the most popular choices for kids, teens, and adults alike for being so efficient, safe, and effective. Metal braces are made up of brackets that are secured onto each tooth, with metal wires that extend from one tooth to the next to pull the teeth into alignment with each other. 

Metal braces are frequently paired with other treatment options like palatal expanders, rubber bands, and more, to make treatment more effective to shift the jaws and teeth. If you end up needing braces to help resolve your significant dental problems, there is no shame in that and you will find that most people you meet will be respectful and understanding of your metallic smile. 

Clear Braces

For many people who need braces but are concerned about the cosmetics of metal, clear braces are a great option! Clear braces are made of a tooth-colored ceramic that will blend in with your natural teeth perfectly. Though not completely invisible, these braces are still effective at adjusting teeth while being far less noticeable and easy to care for. 

Some people prefer braces because they are not removable, making it a breeze to remember to care for them without keeping track of anything. But note that clear braces can sometimes be stained by food and drinks, and might require some intentional cleaning to make sure they stay bright and clean throughout treatment. 

Clear Aligners

Invisalign aligners have become really popular over the past 10 years as they have become less expensive and more effective at treating different orthodontic needs. Nearly invisible, these clear aligners are worn continuously and are only taken out to eat, drink, and brush your teeth. Over the course of months or years, each aligner should be worn as directed, depending on your specific treatment plan, and then replaced with a new aligner that will shift the teeth even closer to their proper alignment. 

As a cosmetic treatment, Invisalign might be the most popular option as there is nothing permanently stuck onto the teeth! People love how flexible it is, meaning they can continue to eat all the foods they love throughout their treatment, and brushing and flossing is a breeze.

The biggest drawback for some people is how much patient compliance is required to get results. It is up to the patient to be diligent about remembering to wear and clean their retainer and to avoid losing them along the way. Most people find this effort well worth it for the cosmetic reward!

What Is Cosmetic Orthodontics

Smile Brighter With Straight Smiles Orthodontics!

Is it time for you to smile brighter with the help of orthodontics? Allow Straight Smiles Orthodontics to help you achieve your goals and reach the smile of your dreams! Get in touch with one of our offices in Shelby Township, Novi, or Rochester Hills to schedule a free consultation appointment.

This is a great opportunity to talk to Dr. Rafaill about what you hope for your cosmetic orthodontic journey, and which kinds of treatment you might be interested in. We hope to see you in our office soon!