Types of Clear Braces

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As dentistry, orthodontics, and the technology behind them improve, our patients receive many choices about their care. Changes in the kinds of braces available to our patients are an example of this. The days when getting braces meant getting a mouth full of metal brackets and wires are over. There is an increase in the number of patients we see who are seeking clear braces. Often when patients come to our orthodontist in East Los Angeles, they are unsure about the types of clear braces. To help with your decision, we have compiled an overview of the kinds of clear braces available at our office.

While ceramic braces are not entirely invisible, they are either a transparent ceramic material or a ceramic material that matches tooth color. Often the ceramic braces have tooth enamel colored wires to make the braces less visible. Aside from the bracket material, ceramic braces are very similar to metal braces. They perform the same task in the same way and typically require the same amount of time to correct your teeth. Adults and older teens frequently choose ceramic braces because they are not as noticeable as metal braces.

Our patients seldom choose the option of lingual braces. These are not truly clear braces. The lingual braces are metal braces that our orthodontist attaches inside of the mouth behind the teeth. The braces successfully hide from view, but patients often struggle to clean lingual braces, and these braces realign teeth slowly.

The most popular type of clear braces we offer are the Invisalign braces. These differ from traditional braces; Invisalign braces are a series of clear trays which patients slip over their teeth. Over time, the trays realign teeth. While the correction process takes longer than traditional braces, patients love Invisalign. Among the top reasons patients give regarding satisfaction with Invisalign are the fact that they are removable and that patients can eat and drink whatever they want and there is considerably less pain with Invisalign.

The options available for clear braces are each unique. Take a few moments to consider your lifestyle and what you expect from braces. Then do not hesitate to contact our office to make your appointment.


When are Incognito Braces a Good Option?

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Incognito braces are a type of lingual braces, or braces that fit on the back of your teeth. They are a great option for adults and teens who want to fix their orthodontic problems without visible braces. Lingual technology is often used in people with gaps, protruding front teeth, crowding and other orthodontic problems. It can be used to treat most of the same problems that can be treated by conventional braces.

The primary difference between conventional braces and lingual braces is the placement of the brackets and wires. In order to fit on the back of the teeth, the brackets must be custom made. This can take longer to ensure a flawless fit. You will need to adjust to the feeling of having the brackets and wires on the inside, or tongue surface, of your teeth, but for most people, this takes just a few days.

As with any braces, good dental hygiene is important. Food and debris can get stuck in the brackets or wires, so you will need to brush and clean carefully around each tooth after every meal or snack. You might also need to avoid specific foods, particularly hard, chewy or sticky foods that could damage your braces. Call our dental office today to learn more about your candidacy or to schedule your consultation with our cosmetic dentist in Houston.

Traditional Braces Alternatives

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Traditional braces have always been the gold standard in correcting orthodontic structure for virtually any patient. Since the beginning of orthodontic practices, professionals have developed several deviations of metal braces. One of these variations is Damon braces.

Damon braces are still similar to traditional braces in that they use brackets bonded to the teeth, and wires that are threaded through them. The main difference between the two is that the wires are self-ligating. This means that they are able to shift and tighten on their own.

Self-ligating braces allows two main important factors. First, this allows for less hardware on the brackets. They no longer need bands in order to keep the wire in place, and therefore no need for the four pointy band holders. This allows for the brackets to be much smaller, and so much less noticeable. Self-ligating wires also mean that patients spend less time in the dentist’s chair. Our orthodontist in Los Angeles can offer clear brackets made of ceramic, meaning the appliance would be that much less noticeable.

Damon braces offer even more benefits, including a faster treatment time, and less pressure and friction on the teeth. Schedule a consultation appointment at our office to learn about Damon braces and other similar appliances.

Dental Health and Orthodontics

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Many are aware of the basic point of orthodontics – to straighten the teeth. But many are also unaware of everything that orthodontic treatment can do for our teeth, mouth, and overall health.

When teeth are crooked, they can overlap and cover each other. This can make it difficult to clean each tooth properly. Spots of certain teeth can be missed because areas are hard to reach with a toothbrush. This will lead to a buildup of decay, which will result in cavities and possibly even periodontal disease. Straightening the teeth with braces or other appliances will eliminate this issue.

Certain orthodontic problems can also affect the jaw and facial structure. If you suffer from a prolonged bite complication, more pressure can be put on one side of the mouth. This can cause issues such as TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disease, wherein one or both of the jaw joints become inflamed or shifted. TMJ can cause pain in the jaw, face, and surrounding areas, as well as lock jaw, tinnitus, and other issues.

Our Rocklin dentist will recommend orthodontic treatment to eliminate any risk of these and similar problems. They can work with you to determine the best appliance and treatment plan for you.

What are Clear Braces Made of?

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Clear braces, such as Invisalign, use plastic aligners as an alternative to the metal brackets and wires that conventional braces require. These aligners are made of a special plastic that doesn’t irritate the soft tissues of the mouth. Invisalign offers more than just discreet bite correction and comfort. Here is more about the material used to make these aligners.

Invisalign Aligner Plastic

Invisalign makes its aligners from a clear medical-grade plastic that is completely non-toxic. The plastic is free of BPA, or bisphenol A, so it does not present risks of hormonal disruption. Patients have to wear each stage of aligners for weeks, so Invisalign makes the aligners highly durable.

How to Care for Aligners

Even with the dependable design and materials used for Invisalign aligners, a certain level of care is beneficial to avoid damaging the appliances during treatment. For example, the aligners should be removed before consumption of anything other than water. Every day, patients should wash their aligners using a soft-bristled toothbrush, cold water, and soap. Toothpaste and hot water should not be used because they can cloud and distort the aligners, respectively.

The aligners used for Invisalign treatment are to thank for improved comfort, preferred appearance, and oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment. You can schedule a consultation with our orthodontist to find out more about the aligners.

Is the Cost of Clear Braces Different from Traditional Braces?

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If you are in need of orthodontic treatment in order to correct the alignment of your teeth, you may be trying to decide between clear braces and traditional braces. Part of that decision may be hinging on the cost difference. Although each individual case is unique, the cost of clear braces tends to be fairly comparable to that of traditional braces. Whichever type of braces you decide on, there are other factors that may more accurately help you get an idea of the cost.

The geographic location of where you will be receiving treatment will definitely play a role in the total cost. Major metropolitan areas and coastal regions tend to cost more than minor cities and rural regions. For instance, the cost of clear braces in Los Angeles will likely be more expensive than they are in Columbus, OH. The same holds true for traditional braces. The severity of your orthodontic issue will also affect the cost. Additionally, the level of experience of the provider you will be using for treatment will also impact the price, with more experienced providers tending to charge higher fees.

If you would like get a better idea as to the price of either type of braces in your particular case, contact our expert in orthodontics in Los Angeles to schedule a consultation.

Do White Braces Really Work?

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White braces have tooth-colored ceramic brackets instead of the silvery brackets used with metal braces. By choosing this option, patients can maintain a more normal appearance during treatment. Recipients also enjoy advantages related to comfort and treatment speed.

Aesthetic Effects

The effects of white braces on aesthetics are minimal. While the brackets are not invisible, their white color makes them far less noticeable than metal braces. This option can be preferable for people who work in professional settings or attend school. Although white braces can become stained with heavy exposure to certain dietary and lifestyle factors, they are designed to resist these issues and can be maintained with daily brushing and flossing and regular check-ups.

Other Advantages

White braces also work well in terms of functionality thanks to their construction, which is similar to that of traditional metal braces. Furthermore, some white braces have self-ligating brackets that straighten teeth more quickly and reduce the discomfort that is common after tightening sessions.

A majority of patients in all age groups can choose this option from our orthodontist. However, patients should visit our office for an exam to confirm that this is the right choice for them. Patients can schedule a consultation with our expert in white braces in Rocklin to learn more about this treatment and how well it works.