Los Angeles, CA – Dating is challenging enough on anyone’s self-esteem. Meeting new people and aiming to look your best is nerve-wracking even for the most confident among us. But then, when you throw orthodontic treatment into the mix, it can add an entirely new level of anxiety.
The good news is that the anticipation of wearing braces or Invisalign is, by far, the worst part of the entire process. It’s the worry you go through that your dating life will take some imaginary hit that has you so worked up.
The truth is, getting fitted with the metal brackets and wires commonly associated with traditional braces, or the plastic, nearly invisible Invisalign aligners is a time to be celebrated, as you will be taking that all important step towards a beautiful and healthy smile. You’re engaging in self-improvement, and that alone will make you more attractive to whoever you’re dating.
And once you get fitted with braces or Invisalign, you may find that your dating life improves. In fact, many orthodontic patients report feeling a boost of confidence during the treatment process, whether they’re wearing traditional braces, Damon braces, lingual braces, or Invisalign.
Dating with Braces
Navigating your way through the dating scene while wearing braces can send anyone’s self-esteem plummeting, but only if you allow it to. There are many variations of braces that will allow you to maintain your appearance while straightening your teeth. Clear braces, for example (not to be confused with nearly invisible Invisalign), are made of ceramic and can be molded to match the color of your teeth. Even traditional braces can be fitted with different colored rubber bands to match your style. With so many hidden, nearly hidden, and customizable orthodontic treatments to choose from, there is no reason anyone should feel bad about wearing any type of orthodontic appliance while actively dating.
Though you will have metal brackets, wires and bands attached to your teeth, it’s only for a short time. Meanwhile, when the braces come off, your teeth will be straight and your jaw aligned, and what a great day that will be. Sometimes thinking of the final outcome is enough to give your self-esteem a boost while you’re out and about with that special someone.
If you can’t bear the thought of going a year or two wearing traditional braces or Damon braces, Invisalign might be the orthodontic treatment for you. Invisalign teeth straightening aligners offer an excellent alternative for creating a healthy, beautiful smile that can really boost confidence levels.
Invisalign aligners are made from a high-grade clear plastic that is non-toxic, ultra-comfortable, unobtrusive, and almost invisible. The aligners are custom-made to fit your mouth perfectly, so they aren’t bulky or cumbersome to wear.
You will be given a set of aligners to wear for a week or two, then they will be switched out for another. Each set of trays is designed to move your teeth gradually to a certain position. Throughout treatment, your teeth will align so that you have a new, beautiful smile by the time treatment ends.
Another attractive aspect of Invisalign is that the aligners are removable. You should wear them between 20 to 22 hours per day to get the full effects of treatment, and only remove them to eat and engage in your usual oral care routine. However, when out on a date, and as long as it’s not all the time, you might be able to leave them out until you both call it an evening. With Invisalign, as long as you are responsible, you have complete freedom to straighten your teeth on your terms.
Wearing braces or Invisalign should be looked at an investment in yourself. You value yourself, and that’s precisely the message you want to convey to your next hot date. No matter which type of appliance you happen to be wearing, smile proudly, even if you’re wearing traditional braces. Feel the confidence radiate through you and your next date is sure to be lots of fun, which is precisely how dating should be.
If you want the surge of confidence that comes from straightening your teeth using braces or Invisalign, call Nikaeen Orthodontics on (310) 444-1113 to schedule a free consultation.
About Dr. Atoosa Nikaeen: Dr. Nikaeen is a Los Angeles orthodontist specializing in helping patients to create a healthy, beautiful smile using Invisalign clear aligners that boost confidence while straightening teeth.
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