How Invisalign Moves the Teeth

Aligners Focus - 6Invisalign is the orthodontic treatment preferred by many patients today. Those who require orthodontic work will request this appliance, but we find that most do not know how it actually works. Here is a description of how Invisalign works to move the teeth.

Traditional braces use brackets that are bonded to each tooth, and wires that are threaded through them. These wires are tightened periodically throughout treatment in order to pull the teeth into place. Invisalign works very differently. Instead of brackets and wires, it utilizes trays that fit around the arches like mouth guards. These Invisalign aligners push the teeth into place. Depending on the type and length of your treatment, you could get between ten and thirty aligners, each custom made for your smile.

When first worn, each aligner will fit just a little bit too tight. This is to apply pressure to the teeth in order to move them into straighter, healthier positions, bit by bit. Our Invisalign dentist in Torrance will keep track of your progress at appointments periodically throughout your treatment. A 3D digital model of your smile will also be used in order to show you the ideal development of your teeth movement, and compare with your actual progress.

Our cosmetic dentist in Torrance can answer any questions you may have about the Invisalign process.

How Invisalign Moves the Teeth

How Do Braces Work?

0129.jpgBraces have been the go-to appliance for straightening teeth since the practice began. Since braces have been used for so long, orthodontists are very adept at utilizing them to their full ability. While it may seem like braces are unnecessary and bulky, understanding how they work may make treatment easier.

Braces are comprised of metal brackets that are bonded to the fronts of the teeth using dental bonding, and a metal wire that is run through them. Patients must visit our orthodontist periodically throughout treatment to have these wires tightened. The pressure this creates works to pull the teeth together.

This method can correct virtually any orthodontic issue, such as crooked teeth, spacing issues, and bite misalignments. These bite issues include cross bites, open bites, overbites and underbites. For these cases, bands may be used, connecting the braces on the top and bottom arches.

Typical braces treatment lasts between twelve and eighteen months. Patients will need to visit our braces expert every couple of weeks for tightening, to pressure the teeth further into better positions. If you have more questions about braces and how they work, schedule a consultation appointment with us today.

How Do Braces Work?

How Does Invisalign Compare to Other Options?

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Many patients come to our office asking which orthodontic appliance would be best for them, with a specific preference in mind. The usual debate is between Invisalign and braces. Our orthodontist in Rocklin wants patients to be knowledgeable about how Invisalign compares to other orthodontic options.

The main difference between Invisalign and braces, the two most commonly used appliances, is the look that comes with them. Traditional braces are made of metal brackets and wires placed on the front of the teeth, making them very noticeable. On the other hand, Invisalign is nearly see-through, meaning patients can possibly go days without anyone noticing they are undergoing treatment.

Another major difference between Invisalign and any type of braces is the way they correct the placement of the teeth. With braces, the dentist tightens the wires periodically to pull the teeth into place. Conversely, Invisalign aligners envelope the arches, and push the teeth into healthier positions.

Lastly, as most patients are aware, Invisalign aligners can be removed to eat, drink, and clean the teeth. Braces, however, remain on the teeth until the end of treatment, and can only be removed by a professional. This naturally means the treatment experience is very different between the two appliances. For more information about these treatments, talk to our Invisalign dentist.

How Does Invisalign Compare to Other Options?

Different Types of Braces

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A full selection of orthodontic treatments are now available by our San Francisco dentist. In addition to offering all the classic benefits of teeth straightening, many of these options also give patients enhanced comfort and aesthetics during treatment. Here is a look at several different choices.

Traditional braces, which use metal brackets and wires, are highly visible but also more versatile and affordable. Damon braces are similar in structure, but their brackets are smaller and made of ceramic that can match your tooth color. Furthermore, the Damon system offers self-ligating braces, which work more quickly and comfortably than classic metal braces. Clear braces, such as Invisalign aligners, are the most discreet option but also have some limitations based on the types of bite irregularities involved. AcceleDent is an accessory for various types of braces that speeds treatment through regular vibration of the teeth and their roots.

After braces, patients not only have a lower risk of tooth decay and gum disease, but also improved chewing ability and a decreased chance of tooth loss. As a result, patients may enjoy lower dental treatment costs and better health overall. Patients can schedule a consultation with our expert in braces in San Francisco to learn more about orthodontic treatment options.

Different Types of Braces

Do All Dentists Offer Braces?

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Not all dentists offer braces, but all general dentists can offer braces if they feel that they can offer a quality standard of care. All dentists receive training in orthodontics during dental school, but orthodontists do receive 2-3 years of additional training in moving teeth. That being said, it really depends on the dentist as to whether or not they offer braces. Some dentists feel totally comfortable with orthodontics and have a track record to prove it. Other dentists would rather refer their patients to an orthodontist for treatment.

Most dentists that offer orthodontics also attend additional coursework in order to provide the best possible orthodontic care. It is common in many professions to take continuing education courses to stay on top of your field, and dentistry is no different. Some dentists are particularly interested in studying the finer points of root canal therapy, while others are more apt to study the movement of teeth. To a certain extent, it is a matter of personal preference as to whether the dentist wishes to offer orthodontic treatment or not. If you are planning on receiving orthodontic treatment from a dentist, just be sure to do your research about their orthodontic track record beforehand, just as you would an orthodontist.

If you are looking to correct the alignment of your teeth, contact our braces dentist in Torrance to schedule a consultation.

Do All Dentists Offer Braces?

Best Type of Braces for You

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Obviously, the only way for you to know definitively what type braces will work for your particular situation is to meet with a Los Angeles orthodontics expert. However, understanding what your options are can help you be sure to ask your orthodontist about each.

There are essentially three different options when it comes to braces.

Metal Braces

These are effective at dealing with essentially all bite and tooth irregularities, although there are occasions when extractions and the like may be needed. While these are exceptionally effective at correcting issues, their impact on physical appearance is the greatest and can cause significant self-consciousness. This problem may prevent working adults from getting the dental work they need done. This is the most inexpensive option, too.

Ceramic Braces

These offer the same benefits as metal braces, but because the brackets are tooth-colored, they offer more discretion. The wire between them is still metal, but the impact on appearance is significantly better than metal ones.

Lingual Braces

These braces, unlike the others, sit behind the teeth. As a result, these are easily the most discreet, even more so than Invisalign, but their utility is relatively limited. In addition to the variety of bite and tooth abnormalities that they can fix being comparatively small, their cost is the often more than other options, too.

Talk to an expert in teeth braces in Los Angeles to learn more about braces options that are right for you.

Best Type of Braces for You

Pros and Cons of Metal Braces

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Metal braces have been in use for decades and their effectiveness at addressing a wide range of orthodontic issues has been well established. Here is a short look at some of the pros and cons of them from our dentists in Glendale.

Pros

Metal braces are effective, in that they can address just about any dental abnormality. While strides have been made to improve on the process using other orthodontic means, metal braces are still the best option available for certain dental issues. Additionally, they are also the least expensive orthodontic option available on the market.

Cons

The primary negative side to metal braces is the impact they make on physical appearance. Metal braces are exceptionally easy to see from a distance and there is no hiding that fact. They also limit the types of food you can eat, preventing the wearer from eating things like popcorn, corn on the cob, and even raw carrots. They are also notoriously difficult to clean, meaning that extra care needs to be made while brushing. This is particularly the case because flossing is significantly more difficult.

Contact our expert in metal braces in Glendale to learn more about options that might work for you and your teeth.

Pros and Cons of Metal Braces