Most people have had a secret crush at some point in their lives. It could be a colleague, a friend, or even your sister's best friend. However, while loving them from a distance might be easy, as well as painful, telling them how you really feel is often next to impossible. This is especially true if you aren't happy about your teeth. While issues such as discolouration or tooth damage can be treated fairly quickly, crooked teeth are a different story.
Crooked teeth require considerably more time to fix than most other dental treatments, and traditional braces might only serve to drain your confidence further. After all, a recent survey by Invisalign found that 92% of people are turned off by oral issues such as bad breath and crooked teeth.
So what's the solution to your love conundrum?
Straighten Your Teeth Discreetly, Then Make Your Move
If you see your crush often, you probably try hard to hide your teeth too, and this makes it hard for you to interact in the way you would like. Getting traditional braces then, might only serve to lower your confidence even further.
Fortunately, there are several more discreet options available to you.
Straighten Your Teeth with Removable Invisalign Trays
Invisalign is probably a secret admirer with crooked teeth's best friend because not only is it almost invisible, but it is also removable. This means that if you ever think you might be in close proximity to your crush for some reason, you can quickly take your Invisalign tray out before that moment arrives.
This option is for you if your teeth are only moderately crooked, because Invisalign moves teeth more slowly and with less force than traditional braces. Every two weeks, you will move on to a new aligner; with each one moving your teeth an average of 0.25mm and within 4-6 weeks, you should begin to see tangible results.
Fix Your Smile with a Linguistic Brace
This option is even more discreet than Invisalign. While Invisalign looks like a transparent mouth guard sitting over your teeth, a linguistic brace works by moving your teeth from the back, completely out of eyeshot.
However, at first, you may struggle to speak clearly as your tongue adjusts to the foreign object just millimetres from it.
Try the Invisible Version of a Traditional Brace
The final option at your disposal is a ceramic brace. A ceramic brace is much like a traditional metal brace, only it has clear or tooth coloured brackets that are difficult to notice. Ceramic braces are slightly slower than traditional braces, but within a few months, you should begin to see results.
If your teeth are preventing you from asking out the love of your life, speak to your dentist about straightening your teeth discreetly. The treatment may cost you in terms of money, but if you don't do it now, you may pay for your lack of action with a lifetime of regret. You may find that, during your treatment, and months before it ends, that your confidence begins to soar. At this point, your teeth will be on the move, so you may even be able to ask your crush out for a date without fear of putting them off.