Many of our patients want to learn more about the orthodontic treatment option known as self-ligating braces. Even though the self-ligating braces first appeared in the 1930s, the popularity of these braces has grown exponentially in the past several decades.
Our dentists are highly skilled in the orthodontic field and often suggest patients use the self-ligating braces instead of the traditional braces with wires and rubber bands.
Self-ligating braces are similar to traditional wired braces in that the brackets attached to your teeth and are not removable during treatment. The self-ligating braces also depend on the archwire that runs through the brackets to apply pressure and adjust the position of the teeth. However, this type of orthodontic treatment does not require the rubber bands that are attached and help apply pressure to straighten the teeth.
A factor that makes self-ligating braces unique is that the archwire movement depends on specialized brackets or clips. These brackets move and provide pressure as needed to the teeth. The brackets allow for easier adjustment of the archwire with no rubber bands necessary.
Dentists believe that there several benefits to self-ligating braces
• FEWER OFFICE VISITS- Patients with traditional wired braces make frequent visits to the orthodontist to receive necessary adjustments, so treatment stays on track. Self-ligating braces do not depend on rubber bands and continual adjustments. Additionally, the necessary adjustments for self-ligating braces are comparatively fast and require less chair time than regular braces.
EASIER TO KEEP CLEAN- Since rubber bands are not a part of self-ligating braces, patients do not need to work around the bands to brush and floss. Also, bacteria will have one less place to hide.
• REDUCED FRICTION- The level of tension in self-ligating braces is less than that found in traditional braces.
If you think that self-ligating braces could be a good option for your orthodontic treatment, please feel free to contact our office. Our staff can give you information about the treatment as well as set up a no-obligation consultation so one of our dentists can evaluate your orthodontic needs and suggest a course of action for treatment.
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, 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 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.
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.
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.
Traditional metal braces can be distracting to patients who are on the self-conscious side. Fortunately, with the advancement of orthodontic solutions, there are now several discreet treatment options available.
If you are an adult who is interested in braces, you are not alone. Many teens and adults consider Invisalign as their treatment of choice because of the clear aligner trays. With clear aligners, your friends, family and co-workers will not be able to tell you receive orthodontic treatment. You can go about your routine without the potential embarrassment of visible wires and brackets. Lingual braces are another great choice because they are attached to the back of your teeth and offer the same level of privacy. Our Los Angeles orthodontist will help you decide which treatment best fits your lifestyle.
Patients will see gorgeous results from orthodontic treatment if they commit to good dental hygiene by brushing twice daily and flossing daily. Our orthodontist emphasizes the importance of paying close attention when flossing between dental brackets. It is also essential to keep up with regular dental cleanings, as well.
Call our office for more information about discreet orthodontic methods or to schedule an appointment with one of our professionals.
The main complaint about traditional braces is that they are very noticeable. The metal brackets and wires cannot be missed by anyone you come across each day. Some patients opt for Invisalign due to this concern, but not everyone makes for a good candidate for this appliance. If our Rocklin orthodontists recommend braces for you, you could receive a less noticeable form for a more discreet experience.
One option is white braces. Instead of metallic brackets, these feature white ones that match the color of the teeth. They will work exactly like their traditional counterpart, which involves tightening the wires in order to pull the teeth into place.
This option is a great choice for those who lead lives wherein a good appearance is vital. This may include business professionals, on-air personalities, and younger patients with a growing sense of self-confidence. You might be able to combine white braces with another less-noticeable aspect, such as Damon braces, which feature smaller brackets.
Our orthodontist will be able to discuss your options with you, both in regards to your health and your appearance. We can answer any questions you may have about the process and your teeth.
In 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.
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.