Traditional Braces Alternatives

dental bracesIn the not-so-distant past, the only orthodontic option for all patients was braces. Still used today, traditional braces are comprised of metal brackets and wires. This appliance is known for being very noticeable and bulky. Fortunately, there are several different options now for patients who are looking for a more discreet and comfortable experience. One of these options is ceramic braces.

Ceramic braces work exactly like traditional ones. The brackets are bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth, and the wires are threaded through them. These wires are tightened periodically throughout the treatment in order to apply pressure and pull the teeth into healthier positions. Our Rocklin orthodontics team can provide brackets made of ceramic, which are much less noticeable than metal ones.

Some patients might be candidates for self-ligating braces. These utilize wires that are integrated into the brackets, as opposed to using bands to hold them in place. The brackets can therefore be much smaller and less bulky. The combination of self-ligation and ceramics provides patients with a much more comfortable and simple experience.

Most patients are candidates for ceramic braces. Schedule a consultation appointment and ask our orthodontist about this option today.

Is Investment in Braces Worth It?

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Many people see what undergoing orthodontic treatment looks like, and take note of the cost of braces, and decide that it isn’t worth it. This means that they will go their whole lives with issues like crooked teeth, gaps, crowding, and an incorrect bite. It may seem like this issues are simply cosmetic problems that you can live with, but the truth is that a smile with these flaws can severely affect overall health.

You may brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, but if your teeth are crooked and overlapping, they probably aren’t being cleaned like they should be. This can lead to bacteria building up and causing decay. Teeth that are not perfectly adjacent suffer from more cavities than those that are. Cavities may seem like no big deal, but enough of them could cause a tooth infection, as well as severe gum disease. Not only do a large number of cavities lead to more dental work, but also more appointment and treatment fees that could have gone to orthodontic treatment in the first place.

How our jaw lets the teeth align is important, as well. Incorrect jaw placement can lead to painful complications, such as TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disease. If the placement is significant enough, it can also have a large effect on a patient’s facial structure. Solving this issue early on will not only affect the health of the teeth, but the patient’s overall look. Talk to an orthodontist in Rocklin about how braces can be an investment for you.

What are Self Ligating Braces?

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The dental and orthodontic worlds have evolved. Where braces were virtually the only option for patients requiring straighter teeth and realigned smiles, they are now only one of many choices available. Invisalign aligners are just one of several different appliances used alongside traditional braces. With all this new competition, how are braces going to keep up?

Fortunately, braces have evolved, too. While traditional metal braces are still an option, patients can also choose between some modified looks. Clear and ceramic braces offer the same treatment, but with brackets either transparent or matching the color of the teeth. Self-ligating braces for our orthodontist in San Francisco are also a popular option.

Traditional braces use ligatures, or small prongs, on the brackets that small rubber bands are wrapped around. The bands are used to keep the archwire in place. Self-ligating braces features brackets that open and close around the wire, locking it in place, eliminating the need for prongs or bands. This allows for smaller, sleeker looking brackets. Patients can therefore enjoy their treatment with much less metal in their mouth throughout the process.

Self-ligating braces are best for patients who require only mild corrections. To find out of you are a good candidate, schedule an appointment with our expert in self-ligating braces in San Francisco.

How Much Do Braces Cost?

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Braces are considered a childhood staple in our society, possibly even for those who never had to wear them. But at that age, you did not have to worry about the price tag. However now, you may be looking into the cost for braces for your child. More and more adults are starting to get braces, so you might even be considering them for yourself, and want to know more about the price.

The truth is there is no one set price for braces. There are several factors that come into play that can affect their cost. Some of these factors include:

• Location: the price for the treatment in bigger cities tends to be higher than the price in rural areas.
• Length: be sure to ask Los Angeles orthodontists how long they estimate your treatment will take. The longer your teeth need to get to the right places, the more appointments you will have to pay for.
• Experience: orthodontists with more experience will likely charge more than an orthodontist with less.
• Type: Are you getting traditional, ceramic, or lingual braces? The costs of different types of braces vary.

Be sure to ask your orthodontist any questions you might have about your treatment, as many factors can affect the price.

What Makes Ceramic Braces Different

Smart businesswomanCeramic braces could be the answer for those who highly dislike the look and/or feel of traditional metal braces. If you suffer from needing minor adjustments to the teeth, such as realignment or straightening, then ceramic braces dentist in Rocklin may suggest them as the right choice for you and your dental health.

Some benefits of ceramic include:

• Reportedly less pain caused by the metal wires and brackets of traditional metal braces

• Semi-translucent or “tooth colored” brackets that match your teeth, making the braces less noticeable to yourself others

• Considerable strength. Ceramic braces are high quality, and won’t usually break unless under extreme pressure or being mistreated.

• Less staining. Due to the design of the ceramic, the braces do not stain easily, and can look clean for longer.

While these types of braces are only beneficial for those with minor adjustments to be made, they may take slightly longer to work. But some prefer to endure the treatment longer if it means that their dental appliance is less noticeable, due to the translucent or white brackets available. The absence of pain might be worth it to you, as well. Contact our Rocklin orthodontics expert to find out if ceramic braces are a good option for you.

When are Braces Most Effective?

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Braces are still the best, most effective orthodontic treatment available for patients, which is why our Northridge dentist provides it as an option. But one of the most common lines of questions all dentists get is about when the best time to get braces is.
The reality is that no one is ever too old to receive braces, so long as their bones are strong enough to support their movement. In fact, the fastest-growing sector of the industry are adult patients seeking treatment that they were not able to get when they were younger. Indeed, some estimates show that adults of all ages now make up around half of all patients with braces today, which is profoundly different from just ten years ago.

However, the best time to undergo orthodontic treatment is when you are a teenager and still growing, but only for one specific reason. This is because the treatment is able to take advantage of the still-growing body and mouth of the patient. Doing so can sometimes significantly reduce treatment times. But with that single advantage of getting them when you are younger, there is no time when braces are more effective.

To attain the benefits of the treatment as soon as possible, contact our expert in braces in Northridge to schedule a consultation.

Braces for Adults

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It is becoming increasingly more common nowadays for adults to get braces in order to straighten their teeth. For some adults, the reason is a professional one. Many adults feel more comfortable in business meetings and speaking in public when they have teeth that are straight. Others get braces in order to try and change careers. There are even adults that should have had braces as teens but were unable to afford them, so they are getting them now. There is no wrong reason, and there is never a wrong time to get braces.

Adults respond just as well to orthodontic treatment with braces as teenagers do. Many dentists are even seeing an increase in the number of senior citizens that they treat. Our dentist in Northridge even offers ceramic braces that many adults find more cosmetically pleasing than traditional metal braces. Ceramic braces are tooth-colored and are just as effective at correcting orthodontic issues as metal braces. And in addition to improving the aesthetics of your smile, getting your teeth straightened also promotes better oral hygiene.

If you are an adult who is interested in straightening your teeth, contact our expert in adult braces in Northridge to schedule a consultation.