Orthodontic treatments are customized to each patient’s individual needs. This means there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to orthodontic treatment. Our dentist in Oakland, CA, will evaluate your specific needs and come up with a treatment plan that best suits you.
Here are some of the most common orthodontic treatments:
With metal braces, brackets are bonded to the front surface of the teeth. Metal wires are threaded through the brackets, and rubber bands may be used to hold wires in place.
Specific types of fixed braces include traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, and lingual braces.
With traditional braces, brackets are bonded to the teeth with an adhesive. Wires are threaded through the brackets, with rubber bands used to hold the wires in place.
Lingual braces are just like traditional metal braces, except the metal brackets are bonded to the inside (tongue side) of your teeth, making them virtually invisible to others.
While lingual braces are a popular option for adults, they are harder to adjust to than standard braces.
Ceramic braces are a popular alternative to metal braces. They are clear or tooth-colored and work similarly to metal braces. They are made of ceramic and fit directly onto the teeth.
Ceramic braces are not entirely stain-proof, but brushing after meals, using mouthwash, and flossing regularly can help to keep them clean. Unlike metal braces, ceramic braces do not trap any food or plaque.
Clear braces, as the name implies, use brackets that are made from clear plastic. Clear braces are much less noticeable than metal braces and are also more difficult to see from a distance. While clear braces are slightly more expensive than metal braces, they are typically preferred by patients due to their aesthetic appeal.
Invisalign is a brand of clear plastic aligner trays that are custom-made to fit over your teeth. The trays are switched out every few weeks to gradually shift your teeth into place. Invisalign is almost completely invisible and can be removed for eating and cleaning. Invisalign is ideal for patients who don’t want to wear metal braces or clear braces.
Damon braces are self-ligating braces that use lighter wires and lower friction brackets. This makes them more comfortable than traditional braces. Damon braces also don’t require elastic ties, which can make brushing and flossing easier.
To learn more about best practices for oral health, call Bay Area Dental at (510) 350-8187 or visit our dental office at 3300 Webster Street, #907, Oakland, CA 94609. Book your appointment with our dentist in Oakland, CA, to achieve the smile you have always wished for.