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.

Do I Need an Invisalign Retainer?

Junge Frau setzt lächelnd Zahnspange in den MundOne of the benefits of Invisalign treatment is that they are typically quicker than treatment with braces. Where braces usually take about two years, Invisalign Full treatment is often completed in twelve to eighteen months. Many patients, however, mistakenly believe that once treatment is over, they no longer need to wear an appliance. This is, unfortunately, untrue.

After Invisalign Full, Express, or Teen is completed, an Invisalign retainer is then necessary. This retainer works and looks similarly to a normal aligner. The main difference is that they fit the arches perfectly, and are not shaped to move the teeth, but rather keep them in place. This is to prevent the teeth from shifting back into their old positions, a situation called orthodontic relapse.

Every patient requires a retainer after treatment; there are not usually any exceptions. Our Invisalign provider in Beverly Hills will inform you how often you will need to wear this retainer. They might recommend you wear it only at night, or around the clock at first, and then only at night after a few weeks.

You have worked hard for your new smile over the past months or years, and likely do not want to lose that progress. A look at our Invisalign before and after pictures can show you what following instructions exactly can look like.

Life of an Invisalign Teen

Group of friendsInvisalign wants to ensure the treatment is available to as many patients as possible. In order to accomplish this, they offer variations of their traditional form of treatment, one of which is Invisalign Teen. This is for younger patients, typically between the ages of fourteen and eighteen. The following is a look at the average day of a patient undergoing Invisalign Teen treatment.

All patients must wear their aligners for at least twenty hours a day, only to be removed in order to eat, drink liquids other than water, and clean the teeth. It is important for patients to keep track of their aligners while they are out, so they are not forgotten or thrown away on accident. One way teens are able to see if the aligners have been worn enough over the course of two weeks is the indicator dots. These blue dots disappear with use, which allows the patient, patient’s parents, and our Invisalign dentist in Beverly Hills to know how they are doing.

About every two weeks, the patient will move on to the next aligner, which will move the teeth a bit more towards their intended spaces. Because the jaws are still growing and the wisdom teeth come in at this stage of life, the aligners are able to expand, if necessary.

Talk to our dentist about Teen treatment, and other information, such as Invisalign cost in Beverly Hills.

How To Detect Cavities

Happy young family looking at camera togetherCleaning your teeth at home, no matter how well, is not enough to prevent cavities. Every patients needs to see their dentist at least twice a year, if not more often if recommended. Only a professional can clean away plaque and tartar from the teeth, as well as detect decay. Here is a look at how our Agoura Hills cosmetic dentist detects cavities and areas of concern.

Our team offers a revolutionary preventative treatment called CariFree. It is used to highlight dental decay and help identify its root cause. Prior to treatment, we utilize an advanced screening device to determine any risk of cavities developing, allowing our professional to prescribe the best preventive treatment for you.

CariFree has proved to reduce the risk of dental caries up to eighty-five percent. CariFree is a system of products that disrupts the bacteria that negatively impacts dental and oral health. If used properly and with appropriate dental care, it can prevent bad bacteria in the mouth from ever developing into cavities. Our dentist will work with you and demonstrate how each of these products are used. Patients use CariFree at home once at night, or as often as our dentist recommends for them and their case.

What to Do If Your Veneer Falls Off

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Porcelain veneers are designed to last many years. However, like any dental restoration, many factors can play a role in longevity, and personal experience can vary. If you have a veneer fail or fall off, prompt action can ensure the best outcome.

When a veneer falls off, do not try to re-bond it or attach it to your tooth yourself. This could result in damage to the fragile porcelain material. Instead, store it in a small container, and call us as soon as possible. We will examine the tooth and veneer to determine if it can be saved. If it is intact and the tooth is still healthy, we may be able to re-bond it to your tooth. We will need to clean its inner surface and the surface of the tooth before placing it. In some cases, we can even do this with a damaged veneer.

However, not all veneers can be saved. If your tooth has suffered decay or if the veneer has been damaged beyond saving, you may need a filling and a new veneer. Call our expert in veneer in Los Angeles today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our team.

What is Osteoperforation?

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One of the many services our dentist in Houston offers is osteoperforation. This falls into the category of orthodontics, and so can be used in conjunction with traditional braces, ceramic braces, and Invisalign. These appliances are used to straighten the teeth, correct spacing, and fix bite irregularities. Osteoperforation can help speed up the orthodontic process.

Process of osteoperforation

This treatment works by stimulating bone remodeling. The teeth are held in place by both bone and ligaments, which are very stable and difficult to manipulate. Braces and other orthodontic appliances move these elements slowly over time – as long as two years. Our dentist can speed up this process by making tiny holes in the gums and jaw bone. This releases cytokines, which make the bones and ligaments move faster. The specific method our dentist uses to perform them is called Propel.

Candidates for Propel

We find that four out of five patients qualify for Propel. Osteoperforation is not strictly reserved for those whose orthodontic needs are complex. In fact, those whose treatments are expected to take longer due to severe complications are exactly the patients who should opt for Propel. For a better idea of how this treatment could work for you, talk to our dentist today.