Braces use brackets and wires to shift teeth into proper alignment. At Carlston Dental Group, the brackets are bonded to the teeth, and the wires connect them, applying pressure to the teeth to move them. Over time, the teeth are moved along the arch to the proper position. When worn consistently and adequately for the appropriate amount of time, they can be highly effective at straightening the teeth. They are typically used on children and adolescents because they can more easily adjust to the metal of the braces, and their jawbones are more malleable. However, adults often wear braces as well, and they are fitted with a bracket-like device called Invisalign that straightens their teeth without metal or wires.
Metal braces are the most common type of braces and the most affordable option. While they are more affordable overall, they require the most maintenance over time, and the ligatures can stain easily.
Ceramic braces are identical to metal braces, except they employ clear or tooth-colored brackets instead of gray or metallic silver brackets and wires.
Ceramic braces are popular because they are less evident on your teeth than metal braces. This might be a significant benefit if you're considering getting braces but don't want to feel self-conscious about wearing them.
Lingual braces are hidden behind the teeth, which makes them virtually invisible to others. They’re also custom fitted to the teeth and usually work faster than traditional metal braces. However, many people find them uncomfortable because the inside of the mouth must be spotless and free of bacteria to avoid decay. The wires can be challenging to clean, which may lead to plaque buildup.
Invisalign clear plastic aligners straighten teeth using a series of removable trays that patients change out every two weeks. Patients remove the trays when eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. This flexibility makes Invisalign® a good choice for people who are self-conscious about their appearance and want to be discreet during orthodontic treatment. The downside to Invisalign is that they take a bit longer to straighten teeth than other braces. Additionally, some patients have trouble removing their trays for teeth-brushing and flossing.
Getting braces can improve crooked teeth, overbite, underbite, and jaw alignment. It can also help with chewing ability and the overall appearance of your smile. Some patients get braces for purely cosmetic reasons — for example if they are unhappy with how their smile looks.
Braces are a versatile option customized to each patient’s wants and needs. For example, some patients will get fixed metal braces, while others may choose clear, nearly invisible ceramic braces.
To determine whether braces are the right option, contact Carlston Dental Group at 2472 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064, or call (310) 838-0844.
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