If you work in a professional environment, you may not want everyone staring at your braces while they talk to you, especially if you spend the majority of your day interacting with clients. You need to maintain a professional image, and to do that, you need to make sure your braces don't stand out too much. Fortunately, you don't have to live with crooked teeth forever to maintain a professional look. There are numerous ways to make your braces blend in.
Choosing Your Braces
When you need to maintain a professional appearance at work, you need to start thinking about the way your braces will look before you actually get them. If you can, opt for clear braces or clear teeth aligners instead of braces. Both options are a lot less noticeable than their traditional counterparts.
If you decide to get clear braces, you'll also need to decide what type of wires you want. It's possible to have clear brackets and still have metal wiring, so of you want clear brackets and clear wires, you'll need to make that clear to your orthodontist. Alternatively, you may be able to use custom, clear teeth aligners instead of braces. These are simply trays that go over your teeth to push them slowly into alignment. When the aligner trays begin feeling a bit loose, you get new trays. The process of replacing loose trays with tighter ones continues until your teeth are properly aligned.
Choose the Right Bands
Clear braces and traditional braces use bands around brackets to straighten your teeth. So each time you visit your dentist, you'll need to choose a set of bands for your braces. These come in several different colors, so you want to be mindful of what you're choosing. Stay away from colorful bands if you want to maintain a professional appearance. Instead, opt for clear bands if you have clear brackets and silver or grey bands if you have metal brackets. This way, the bands blend in instead of standing out. Of course, you can also choose clear bands if you're wearing metal braces. Black is also a good option as a last resort for those with metal braces. Black bands won't be as noticeable as other colors, and the contrast will make your teeth appear whiter.
Maintaining a professional appearance when you have braces isn't difficult. All you need to do is make sure your braces aren't the first thing people see when they look at you. So choose options that blend into the background well, and of course, always maintain good oral hygeine habits so you don't walk around with food caught in your braces.