How to Maintain Clear Braces

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If you wish to improve the appearance of your smile but are not interested in wearing a set of metal braces for the next few years, you may be pleased to know that there is a more subtle option available to you. Clear braces are a recent development in orthodontics that allow patients to have their cake and eat it, too, working their way toward straighter, more beautiful teeth while avoiding the gawky look traditional braces impart.

 

To clarify: clear braces are not the same as an invisible aligner tray; they are identical to traditional braces in every way with the exception of the material they happen to be made from. The process of properly maintaining them and ensuring that they last sustainably for the entire duration of your treatment is, therefore, quite similar; while orthodontic appointments for this type of treatment do tend to be frequent and usually include an in-office cleaning, our Rocklin orthodontist will encourage you to take extra care when it comes to your personal oral hygiene routine at home. Brushing, flossing, and using a non-abrasive mouthwash goes without saying, and patients will usually be outfitted with a set of small brushes designed to fit underneath the wires and around the brackets; using these regularly eliminates the possibility of plaque and tartar buildup in these areas, greatly reducing the odds of tooth discoloration while you wear your braces. Avoiding any type of whitening products and treatments during this time is also highly recommended.

 

As they are made of a light-colored, semi-translucent material, ceramic braces are also much more prone to becoming stained themselves than are traditional metal braces. It’s not difficult to avoid staining your brackets – the same habits and substances that have the potential to stain your teeth may also have the same effect on your braces. Avoiding drinking red wine, indulging in dark coffee, and smoking or chewing tobacco products are all highly encouraged. Not only will these things stain the brackets themselves, but they will also stain the area around the brackets, leaving the spot of tooth hidden behind much whiter than the surrounding enamel.

 

One other precaution to take in defense of your ceramic braces would be avoiding situations and activities which could result in physical trauma to the teeth, mouth, or head. Not only do these things open you up to the risk of cracking a bracket or having one get knocked out of your mouth entirely, collisions which do not result in damage to the brackets themselves can bend the wire guiding your treatment which has the potential to set your regimen back months, or even years.

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How to Maintain Clear Braces

Self ligating braces and Your Smile

dental bracesPatients of all ages are turning to orthodontic treatment to get the smiles of their dreams. Braces continue to be the most popular type of treatment. Braces consist of brackets that are bonded to the teeth and archwires. With conventional braces, the archwires are attached to the brackets using special elastic ties. Now, there is another option. Self-ligating braces eliminate the need for elastics.

Self-ligating braces have actually been available for many years, but they have only recently become popular as more patients have discovered their many benefits. Self-ligating braces are much like conventional braces, but the brackets use special clips to stabilize the archwire and help it move your teeth. These clips allow your teeth to move more freely while reducing friction and improving comfort during treatment.

Compared to conventional braces, self-ligating braces also require fewer office visits and less chair-time during treatment. These brackets are available in all the same materials as conventional braces, so you can still choose from metal, ceramic, clear and lingual brackets for a fully customized orthodontic solution. You will also still need to maintain good dental hygiene during treatment, but many people find it easier to keep self-ligating braces clean since there are no elastics to brush and floss around.

Call our office today to schedule your appointment for self-ligating braces in East LA.

Self ligating braces and Your Smile

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?