Types of Invisible Braces

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Are you interested in getting invisible braces? There are a few different types to choose from and we’re here to help you figure out which one is the best option for you. The most popular types of invisible braces are ceramic braces, clear aligners, and inside braces. Here’s a little bit of information about each type.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces, also known as “clear” braces, are similar to traditional braces, but differ in that they use white or clear brackets in place of the metal ones. They’re made with a porcelain-like material that is a little bit weaker and more brittle than the metal brackets are. Ceramic braces are also larger than metal ones and use small ligatures (rubber bands) to fasten them. These ligatures are changed at each appointment (usually monthly). Ceramic braces remain on your teeth until your treatment is complete.

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners are removable aligners that are almost completely invisible, minimally invasive, and do not have wires or brackets. Our dentist will take a three-dimensional impression of your teeth in order to custom make them and give you the best possible fit during treatment. Clear aligners are removable, which makes the wearer more comfortable when they are eating, drinking, and attending special events. Another plus? Clear aligners are resistant to clouding, even if you’ve had them for years. They are worn in sets, and you’ll wear each set for a specific amount of time during each stage of treatment. Common brands of clear aligners include Invisalign and ClearCorrect.

Inside Braces

Also known as “iBraces” or lingual braces, inside braces are attached to the back of your teeth, hiding them from view. iBraces are custom brackets that are created using scans of the back of your teeth. They are attached to the insides of your upper and lower teeth. Like ceramic braces, iBraces are not removable and make use of elastics during treatment. iBraces are also called incognito or Harmony braces.

If you’d like more information about invisible braces, talk to our dental office today. We will be happy to answer any questions you have and help you determine what type of invisible braces work best for you.

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Types of Dental Veneers

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When considering the possibility of having a set of dental veneers placed on your teeth, the sheer amount of information can feel more than a bit overwhelming at first. For every patient, however, there is in fact a viable path to a more youthful, radiant smile, and your dental veneers dentist has all of the answers to any questions you may have about which option is correct for your particular case.

Dental veneers generically are wafer-thin tiles designed to mimic the look of natural teeth; after removing a portion of the existing enamel, the teeth in question will be cleaned and scored, and the veneers will be set with a special type of light-sensitive adhesive. Veneers function exactly as the original teeth did before, while also improving the size, shape, hue, and overall appearance of the patient’s smile. They are safe and virtually painless.

One of the big decisions to consider when deciding how best to revitalize your smile through the use of dental veneers is choosing which type is right for your particular set of complaints and lifestyle – the different varieties offered nation-wide run the gamut, and each offers a unique profile of pros, cons, and potential long-term considerations to keep in mind when choosing which one is right for you.

Veneers made of composite resin are among the most commonly administered, both because they come with the added benefit of being able to be fully placed in as little as one appointment, and also due to the fact that they are quite a bit less expensive than other materials available. They are ideal for filling in chips and cracks, and can also be used to close gaps existing between teeth, as well.

Porcelain veneers are the best option for those seeking a final product that most closely resembles that of a real set of teeth; they are customized for each patient and as such will require multiple appointments with your dentist to complete the process of installation front to back.

Instant veneers are veneers which come in several pre-manufactured shapes, sizes, and colors; your dentist will present all of the different options at your disposal, and the one which most closely resembles the type of change you wish to make will be chosen. After that, it’s as simple as having them placed and sculpting them to fit as beautifully in your mouth as possible.

Adults and Orthodontic Treatments

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More and more adults are seeking orthodontic treatments to improve their smile. Fortunately, there are advances in orthodontics that allow individuals to get braces that are more convenient than traditional methods. We understand that getting braces as an adult can be inconvenient, as adults (unlike children), are busy and may not want braces on for a lengthy period of time.

 

Getting adult braces does not have to be a daunting process. Now there are many options available to older individuals who want to speed up this process and make it more suitable to their lifestyles. If you choose to go the inexpensive route, you can opt for traditional braces, which include metal brackets and wiring. While they don’t look very glamorous, they are now lighter than ever before and very effective in correcting most orthodontic issues that plague adults.

 

There are also options that look less visible on the teeth such as lingual and ceramic braces. Lingual braces are worn on the back of the teeth so they are not seen from the front. However, this option isn’t the best for everyone. Often lingual braces are for people with more minor corrections. Ceramic braces are much like the traditional option except they are lighter in weight and the color of enamel. This is great because they are less visible than traditional methods.

 

There is also another orthodontic treatment options called Invisalign. This method is very popular for improving the smile because they are not braces at all. Instead, our experts can fit you with clear plastic aligners that can be removed at any time. They are virtually invisible so you can smile with confidence. This is also very convenient because they can be removed for eating, drinking, brushing and sleeping. As your teeth move and shift into place, the aligners are switched out (usually every week). Often, the length of time these are worn is much shorter than the other methods listed above.

 

The length of time for any orthodontic treatment will depend on your case. It could be as little as six months up to a couple years before treatment is complete. If you have crooked teeth, crowding, overbite, underbite, or misaligned teeth, talk to our dentist in North Hollywood. We can discuss the best orthodontic options available to you so that you can improve your smile. Schedule a consultation with us to get started.