About White Braces

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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.

Teeth Whitening Trends

Friends having funWith the popularity of social media and the celebrities that post content daily, many trends come and go quickly. This is true of cosmetic dentistry DIY practices. Many stars, influencers, and regular users alike have been advertising teeth whitening tricks and products, leaving many followers to believe whether or not they actually work.

Oil pulling, a very popular trend, involves swishing coconut oil through the teeth for thirty minutes a day. While this seems like a very simple and healthy way to brighten the smile, the American Dental Association (ADA), has reported that there is no scientific evidence that oil pulling has any effect on the health or the look of the teeth.

Brushing activated charcoal on to the teeth is also another popular teeth whitening trend. Users have been seen having fun making their smile black all over, and claiming their teeth are immediately brighter afterwards. However, the ADA has not approved this at-home whitening trick, and are not aware of the side effects it may cause.

Our LA whitening expert encourages patients to opt for professional treatment if they would like to brighten their smile. Our dentist uses safe and tested materials and tools to ensure safety and noticeable results.

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.