Find out the most effective way to get the straighter smile you’ve always wanted.
If you are dealing with a crooked or misaligned smile, then you already know that getting braces could improve both your appearance and your oral health. That being said, there are so many different kinds of braces on the market today that it can often be difficult to decide which type is right for you—this is where our Palmdale, CA, dentists can help.
When you think about braces, chances are you that you're picturing traditional metal bracket-and-wire braces. Of course, don’t let this classic look fool you; metal braces have changed a lot over the years. They are now lightweight and sleeker than ever before, making them more comfortable to wear.
Those who are looking to correct more complex alignment issues, need jaw realignment, or are looking for a more budget-friendly orthodontic treatment are all ideal candidates for traditional metal braces.
Ceramic braces function and look just like traditional braces, but the key difference is that the brackets are made from a clear ceramic making them less visible. As you might imagine, ceramic braces allow patients who require traditional braces to be able to have a more discreet and aesthetically pleasing option.
Of course, it’s important that the wearer is dedicated to maintaining good oral hygiene, as the elastics can become discolored if you don’t thoroughly brush and floss on a regular basis.
Again, if our Palmdale, CA, general dentist has determined that the most effective approach to a straighter smile will be with traditional braces you may also want to weigh the pros and cons of lingual braces. They function just like traditional metal braces, but instead of being bonded to the front of the teeth, they are actually adhered to the back for complete discretion.
Of course, lingual braces aren’t ideal for all patients. Those who play certain instruments or sports, as well as those with underbites may not be good candidates for lingual braces.
This orthodontic option is popular for older teens and adults who want to fix their misaligned smiles but with a subtler approach. Clear aligner systems such as Invisalign make it possible to fix everything from overbites and underbites to gaps between teeth and overcrowding through the use of transparent, plastic aligners rather than brackets and wires. Aligners are also removable so you can brush, floss, and eat the way you normally would even without braces.
Do you have questions about the type of braces that would be ideal for your smile needs? Want to find out if your smile could benefit from orthodontic treatment? If so, call Pacific Dental Care today. We offer comprehensive dentistry to Palmdale, Rosamond, and Lancaster, CA.
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