Why we want — and how we get — straight teeth.
Brushing your teeth is a habit you’ve had ingrained since early childhood, so it’s fitting that people sometimes compare other good routines to dental hygiene. But once you get your braces, this seemingly simple habit becomes more complex.
Cosmetic dentistry now represents the largest nonsurgical beauty industry after makeup. This includes the multibillion-dollar teeth-whitening business, which began in earnest in the 1990s with dentists applying peroxide gel directly to the teeth; soon they incorporated blue LED lights to accelerate the process.
These days, orthodontists charge anywhere from around $5,000 to a shocking $13,000 for more extensive correction.
Maybe it’s time to rethink the whole endeavor.
When it comes to DIY treatment decisions, the doctor patient relationship is devalued, or as described here practically eliminated. This could seriously compromise your health. Bottom line: Don’t mail order brides or braces!
Critics of the fledging phenomenon argue that prescribing aligners to patients sight unseen risks overlooking oral health issues that can compromise orthodontic treatment. And, experts say, aligners are not appropriate for everyone, even if companies suggest they can correct advanced crowding, in which teeth overlap or are twisted, for example.
When a parent thinks their kid needs braces then they probably do, and when a parent doesn’t think their kid needs braces then they probably don’t, it’s as simple as that.
How did orthodontia—expensive, painful, and often medically unnecessary—become so popular?
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