Are you seeking orthodontic treatment for a crooked smile, but are wondering which braces type is right for you? At Eagle Rock Family Dentistry in Los Angeles, CA, Drs. R.K. and Chethan Chetty work closely with patients to determine their smile goals and how orthodontia can optimize their oral health, functionality, and smile appearance.
Braces help people of all ages
While the American Academy of Orthodontists recommends children be screened for tooth and jaw alignment issues by age seven, many dental patients approach their teen years or adulthood with gapped or crooked smiles that need correction. The question is, what is the exact nature of the problem, and what kind of appliances work best? Teens and adults in particular desire braces which are discreet, easier to clean, and render a straight smile in as little time as possible.
Types of braces available
Most people are familiar with metal brackets and arch wires—and for good reason! They've been straightening teeth for generations, tackling even the most difficult of smile gaps, crookedness, and overcrowding. Metal braces work by moving the roots of teeth first and then the crowns, making treatment times that are often lengthy. Treatment requires periodic adjustments ar our Los Angeles office, as well as very careful hygiene at home, and some dietary restrictions.
A variation on metal braces is a type called ceramic braces, which feature clear or tooth-colored brackets and wires. They work as well as metal braces for most cases, while also appealing to older patients due to being far less obvious in appearance.
Many of today's adult and teen patients opt for orthodontic treatment with clear aligners, such as Invisalign. Your dentist will determine your candidacy for these invisible acrylic appliances when he examines your mouth and takes special X-rays and scans.
Invisalign aligners and other clear appliances are completely unnoticeable, smooth, and removable. Patients take them out for meals, brushing and flossing, but they must still wear their aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day. As with all other kinds of braces, Invisalign patients should use a retainer after they have completed their care plans so that their smiles stay well-aligned.
Ready for a change?
Then, come to Eagle Rock Family Dentistry in Los Angeles, CA, to learn what braces could do for your oral health, self-confidence, and personal appearance. Dr. Chethan Chetty or Dr. R.K. Chetty will outline your options for a great new smile. Call us at (323) 258-2885 today!