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Orthodontic treatment can give you a healthier smile and a pleasing appearance. Orthodontics corrects your teeth and jaws if they are positioned improperly. Crooked teeth and teeth that do not fit together properly can affect your appearance and are harder to keep clean, which can lead to early tooth loss due to tooth decay and periodontal disease. Additionally, crooked teeth can cause added stress on the chewing muscles that can lead to headaches, TMJ syndrome and neck, shoulder and back pain.
Types of Braces:
1- Ceramic braces move teeth just as efficiently as metal braces, except the brackets are clear ( more esthetics), they are less noticeable. As a result, they are most popular with adult patients due to their cosmetic appeal. The main drawbacks to ceramic brackets are that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.
2- Metal braces are the most common fixed appliances and consist of bands, wires and/or brackets. Metal braces are made of high-quality, durable stainless steel. The brackets, which are bonded to the front of each tooth, are connected by the archwire, which helps guide the teeth into the correct positions. At RC Dental Clinics, we usually adjusts your braces every 6 weeks to give you the desired results. Depending on your goals, this may be achieved within a few months to a few years.
3- Invisalign: Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that helps to straighten teeth without the use of the typical metal braces. It is a clear vinyl tray. Invisalign was approved by the FDA for the alignment of teeth. Over the years, millions of patients have chosen the Invisalign teeth alignment technology. Tooth movement is accomplished by using a series of trays, which when worn consistently, move your teeth in stages. The trays are required to be worn at least 22 hours each day over two-week periods before being replaced with a new set of trays. Invisalign has become perhaps the biggest trend and modern solution to straightening teeth, due to both the level of comfort, esthetics and discretion. Dr. Rene Cabrera can determine if your case will be ideal to treat with clear aligners.
A dental retainer is a custom-made orthodontic appliance used to keep teeth in place after dental braces are removed. There are two types of retainers after braces: Fixed and removable. Selecting the type typically depends on the clinical needs and the patient preference. Teeth can shift in a very short period of time, sometimes within a week or two, making wearing a retainer even more important. Retainers keep your teeth from drifting and preserve that beautiful smile you have worked so hard to get.