It’s resolution season! Are you thinking about making some changes? Maybe you want to drop a few pounds or start exercising more. Or, maybe you’ve thought about making your smile a little better. Why not go for braces?
A brace or orthodontic “appliance” is a piece of metal, ceramic, or plastic that is placed over your teeth in order to move them into proper alignment and straighten your smile. Braces are most commonly placed on the top teeth; however, they can be placed on the bottom too. Many orthodontists offer both Invisalign braces and traditional braces. The orthodontist will help you determine which type is right for you. Once it is placed, your bite will be adjusted so that pressure is distributed evenly across your whole mouth. Braces correct crooked teeth, crowded teeth, protruding teeth, malocclusion, crossbites, underbites, and much more.
Once your teeth are in the desired position, they will be bonded or cemented into place using a special adhesive. Your smile should look beautiful and feel even and comfortable after you have been fitted with a retainer and have worn it as directed.
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. The brackets are bonded to the front of the teeth and connected by a thin archwire that runs across the front of the teeth, held in place by rubber bands.
This type of brace is most common in children, but adults can benefit from them too. Metal braces are less noticeable than they used to be and can be customized with a colorful elastic tie for a more unique and colorful look.
Ceramic braces are very similar to traditional metal braces but are much less noticeable because they use tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend in with the natural color of your teeth. These braces are still less expensive than many other orthodontic treatment options and offer the same benefits.
Invisalign invisible braces consist of a series of clear plastic aligners that are custom-designed for you. For the most effective results, you should wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day throughout the length of your treatment. Since they are removable, you can take them out to eat, drink, brush, and floss. However, it is important to wear them as much as possible to ensure the best results. You will begin wearing a new set of aligners every two weeks. Over time, the aligners will move your teeth into their proper positions.
Ygnacio Dental & Orthodontics is located at 1766 Lacassie Ave, Suite 101, Walnut Creek, CA 94596. Call (925) 280-2848 to schedule an appointment or to learn more tips for improving your oral health.
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