Each year, over 3.5 million people begin orthodontic treatment. If you struggle with a misaligned smile or crooked teeth, braces may be the perfect option for you. Here at Reza Dental Care, we are proud to provide quality orthodontics (Braces) services in South Gate, California.
What are Braces?
Braces are made up of two key components; brackets that are adhered to the surface of the teeth, and wires that connect the brackets to one another.
Over time, the wires are slightly tightened to apply continuous pressure that guides the teeth into their ideal positions.
Braces can help correct the following issues:
- Crooked teeth
- Gaps in the smile line
- Overcrowded teeth
- Overbites and underbites
- Open bites
- Alignment issues
As you can see, there are a wide range of reasons many patients can benefit from braces. Speak with your orthodontist to explore braces as a potential solution for your teeth and bite issues. In addition to physical corrections to the smile, braces have the potential to have a massive positive impact on an individual’s self-esteem and confidence.
Traditional Metal Braces
Metal braces are made up of sleek and thin medical-grade stainless steel.
A common misconception is that metal braces are bulky and uncomfortable – while this may have been true with the metal braces of yesteryear, modern metal braces are much more comfortable and attractive.
Today’s braces are much smaller and more discreet than those of the past, although they’re still much more noticeable than clear alternatives.
Braces can also be customized by color, which is perfect for children wishing to express themselves. New innovations in wire technology mean braces move your teeth much more quickly now than they did in the past.
Traditional metal braces are extremely durable, making them an ideal treatment option for extensive cases, or for individuals who regularly engage in contact sports.
Ceramic braces were introduced to provide a more discrete and aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional metal braces.
Rather than being made up of stainless steel, ceramic braces are made up of polycrystalline alumina and are commonly tooth-colored or completely clear. The wires are typically available in clear or tooth-colored options to provide the most discrete overall look possible.
While ceramic braces are an excellent option for those who are looking for less-visible orthodontic treatment, they may not be an ideal option for patients with extensive cases, or for those who engage in contact sports, as they are not as durable as traditional metal braces.
A consultation with our trusted South Gate orthodontist will help you determine which orthodontic treatment is right for you. Interested in braces in South Gate? Reza Dental Care is here to help. Use our online appointment scheduler or give us a call at 323-457-8787 to get started with your orthodontic consultation.
It is currently recommended that children have their first orthodontic visit around the age of seven; this helps provide the ability to proactively plan for treatment if needed. After the age of seven, there is no age limit for beginning orthodontic treatment; everyone deserves the option of pursuing a straight and healthy smile.
The treatment time for traditional braces typically varies from patient to patient, but most treatment is complete in about 18 months. The time that you will have to wear your braces depends on the amount of correction that was needed and how you respond to your treatment.
Yes. Your six-month dental check-up appointments are designed to help your dentist and dental hygienist keep a close eye on your dental health. It is perhaps even more important to monitor your dental health while you are wearing braces, as food or plaque may become trapped between the brackets or wires, leading to cavities or even gum disease.
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