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.

CERAMIC BRACES
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.

LINGUAL 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.

INVISALIGN
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.

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Periodontal Treatment Options

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Our dentist offers several periodontal treatments, ensuring that a solution is available at any stage of gum disease. While very early periodontitis may respond to improved oral hygiene, advanced cases sometimes call for surgery. Here are our respective treatments for mild, moderate, and severe gum disease.

Deep Cleaning

Also known as scaling and root planing, this treatment involves using special tools to clear bacteria out of the periodontal pockets, which develop in the gums by the tooth roots. Deep cleaning may be recommended when gingivitis is too severe for routine cleaning to be a sufficient solution.

Gum Flap Surgery

This procedure is also used to remove plaque and bacteria from the tooth roots. Unlike deep cleaning, however, this procedure uses incisions to reach areas that are otherwise inaccessible.

Tissue Grafting

For patients whose gum disease has damaged their oral soft tissues and bone, our dentist in East Los Angeles may recommend tissue grafting. Instead of treating the periodontitis directly, this procedure aids recovery by spurring regrowth of the tissues that support the teeth.

The options listed here can help stop and reverse gum disease, a condition that can cause tooth loss, as well as other serious complications in the mouth and throughout the body. At a consultation with our expert in periodontal treatments in East Los Angeles, you can have your gum health assessed and learn more about these procedures.