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.

Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Happy weekendExperts recommend that everyone see an orthodontist by the age of seven. This is for several reasons. First, because some of the permanent teeth are starting to grow in, meaning our orthodontist can start to evaluate their structure. Secondly, the jaw is still developing, so it can still be guided if needed.

At this first appointment, our Rocklin orthodontist will begin by inspecting each tooth, whether baby or permanent. They may also do some light cleaning to get rid of some food debris in the food area. They will also evaluate how the teeth in the lower and upper arches fit together. From this quick inspection, they will gain a good idea regarding whether or not you would benefit from braces or a form of braces.

If the patient is seven or near this age, chances are they will not be recommended braces right away, if needed. Orthodontic work is most effective when all of the permanent teeth have fully grown in. In the time being, a retainer may be recommended to prep the teeth for braces.

Treatment often begins during the early teenage years. Learning whether or not you will need orthodontic treatment later on can help you prepare for this process. Learn more about early orthodontics on our site.

Why Children Need Early Orthodontic Treatments

Three generation family in the countryExperts encourage parents to bring in their children for an orthodontic exam by the time they are seven years old. At this age, our orthodontist in Rocklin will be able to tell if they may need help from braces or similar appliance later on in the future. It is unlikely that they will be given an orthodontic appliance at this young age, but their dental and oral structure has progressed enough to be a good indicator of what they will need in the future. They may, however, benefit from some work that will better prepare their dental structure in a few years, such as a retainer.

The early teenage years are the best for undergoing the orthodontic process. This is because all of the adult teeth have grown in by this time, but the jaw bone tissue is not fully developed. This means that the area is somewhat malleable and able to be altered. This makes the process of shifting the bite and individual teeth much easier. This is still possible for older patients, but may take longer, due to more developed jaw bone.

Patients often have a choice when it comes to which appliance they would prefer. This is true of younger patients, as well. Braces are always the first choice for our expert in early orthodontic treatments in Rocklin, as they can address a wide variety of issues. However, Invisalign provides a Teen treatment plan that many younger patients enjoy.

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.

How Should Invisalign Aligners be Cleaned?

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Just because you don’t eat with your Invisalign aligners on, doesn’t mean they don’t get dirty. In fact, they can accumulate the same type of stuff that sticks to your teeth, like bacteria and saliva. Because you wear your aligners so often (at least twenty hours a day), and because you are trying to make your teeth healthier on the whole, you should be sure to clean your trays every day.

Our orthodontist in Rocklin will assure you that cleaning your Invisalign aligners is an easy task, and there are several ways available to do so. Align Technology, the company that designed Invisalign, offers a cleaning care unit to all of their customers. This is comprised of crystals that create a cleaning solution when added to water. There are some commercial solution alternatives available online or in some stores. Some patients also prefer sonic units, which create a sort of vibrating bath to increase effectiveness. Patients should be aware that mouthwash is not recommended for these purposes. Though it may seem like mouthwash is qualified for the task, it has proven to be ineffective and can even stain the color of your aligners.

Your aligners should be rinsed free of any leftover solution, as the cleaning liquids should not enter your mouth. After soaking, aligners should be lightly brushed. Our expert in Invisalign aligners can give you more thorough instructions regarding cleaning practices.

Common Types of Orthodontic Treatments

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Orthodontics is the treatment of irregularities of the teeth and the jaws, especially regarding alignment and occlusion. Our Rocklin orthodontist is an expert in this area. They employ several different tools and appliances in order to correct crooked, rotated, and poorly spaced teeth, as well as over, under, and crossbites. There are several types of orthodontic treatments used commonly.

Traditional braces were for a time the only option available for corrective issues. They consist of metal brackets on the surfaces of the teeth, and a metal wire running through them. They can also involve splints and bands. These apply slight yet consistent pressure in order to move the teeth over a period of months or years. Metal braces are able to treat all types of issues, yet are the most noticeable option. Variations of traditional braces include ceramic braces, which feature tooth-colored brackets, and lingual braces, which are placed behind the teeth as opposed to the front surfaces.

Invisalign treatment is currently the most popular braces option. While they also apply consistent pressure to the teeth, they are also removable, as well as nearly invisible. Patients can remove the Invisalign aligners to eat and clear their teeth, and may even go a considerable amount of time without others knowing they are undergoing treatment.

Other appliances from an expert in orthodontic treatments in Rocklin include Veneers, Damon braces, and palatal expanders.

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.