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Straight Talk About Your Teeth

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by Frances Devine

Which is worse: crooked teeth or unkissable brace-face?


BracesIt’s hard to decide which is worse—crooked teeth or being rejected as an unkissable metal-mouthed brace-face. Fortunately, for the growing number of people looking to orthodontic treatment to straighten and realign teeth, the options are expanding beyond the stainless steel brackets of classic train tracks.

If you’re thinking about braces, you may want to consider a few of these options.

Ceramic brackets are stuck to your teeth and threaded with wire in the same way as traditional braces, however, their translucence means they blend better into your mouth. You can see the wire, but the glint of metal on your teeth is kept to a minimum.

Gold plating on conventional brackets is another option. This surprisingly versatile look allows you to go both ghetto fabulous and sorority girl gorgeous. The warm colour suits some complexions better than silver.

Lingual brackets are just like regular braces, but are placed on the inside of the teeth, where they cannot be seen. These braces do have an unhappy tendency to rub against your tongue, and are harder for dentists to work with, however, they are completely invisible from the front.

Of course, traditional stainless steel braces can always be transformed by coloured bands, which are used to hold the arch wire. These can be changed as
often as you visit your orthodontist and lets you play decorator with your face—from team colours to camouflaging your favourite food.

But keep in mind; no amount of special equipment or picture perfection replaces the beauty of a self-confident grin.

Sweet Smiles…

with some help from their dentist

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Bow Wow
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Tom Cruise
Claire Danes
Cameron Diaz
Prince Harry
Milla Jovovich
Ashley Judd
Chris Kirkpatrick
Britney Spears
Gwen Stefani
Liv Tyler
Venus Williams
and thousands more!

For more information visit: Canadian Association of Orthodontists

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