Braces are one of the most common types of orthodontic treatment. In fact, researchers estimate that 4 million Americans are wearing braces at any given time. At iSmiles Kids Dentistry and Orthodontics, experienced orthodontist Brandon Hoang, DMD, and the team provide braces to adults and teens. After an oral exam, they can determine the type of braces that will most benefit you. To make an appointment, call the office in Corona, California, or request an appointment online today.
Braces are orthodontic appliances that improve the alignment of your teeth and jaw. Most people associate braces with children and teens, but adults get them too. If you have crooked, crowded, or overlapping teeth, and they affect your oral health or ability to bite and chew, consider braces.
At iSmiles Kids Dentistry and Orthodontics, the team offers several types of braces, including:
Metal braces are bonded to the front of your teeth. They use a combination of brackets, metal archwires, and rubber bands to place pressure on your teeth and jaw. Over time, that changes their position, helping you achieve a more balanced and symmetrical smile.
Clear braces are similar to metal braces. The difference is that the brackets are made of ceramic instead of metal. Ceramic looks similar to your tooth enamel, ensuring the braces blend in with your smile.
Damon braces look similar to metal braces. However, instead of using rubber bands to connect the archwires to the brackets, they feature a self-ligating system. According to experts, the self-ligating system allows for more precise orthodontic treatment and improved outcomes.
Lingual braces are metal braces bonded to the back of your permanent teeth. Lingual braces allow for a discreet form of orthodontic treatment, but they can also be hard to keep clean.
After you finish wearing braces, your orthodontist has you wear an orthodontic retainer. A retainer is a custom oral appliance made of metal and plastic. It fits snugly around your teeth and prevents them from shifting out of position.
The time you need to wear braces depends on the alignment issues addressed and your commitment to the team’s treatment plan. Most people finish orthodontic treatment in 12-18* months, but it may take longer. Make sure to attend each checkup to ensure a positive outcome.
The type of braces that will most benefit you depends on several factors, including your age, budget, and the alignment issues treated. After an oral exam, a series of oral X-rays, and a discussion of your goals, the team can make recommendations that align with your budget.
To see if you can benefit from braces, make an appointment at iSmiles Kids Dentistry and Orthodontics by calling the nearest office or requesting an appointment online today.