Dental Tips Blog

Apr
29

Ceramic Braces: What Are They?

Posted in Orthodontics

Ceramic braces offer an aesthetic twist in traditional orthodontic treatment. Instead of having metal brackets and wires, the appliances are made of tooth-colored ceramic material. They resemble natural tooth color so closely that if you were talking to someone across the room, they wouldn’t even be able to see the braces on your teeth. There are no colorful bands or wide wire ligatures; just clear ceramic brackets that blend right in with the teeth that they are bonded to.

There are two major benefits of ceramic braces – one being that they are “invisible” to most people throughout your daily activities. The other is that they give you the advantage of more accurate care when moderate to severe tooth movements are needed. Adults love ceramic orthodontics because they can enjoy a straighter, healthier smile without everyone knowing that they are wearing braces.

Caring for your ceramic braces is similar to patients with metal brackets and wires. It’s important to find oral hygiene aids and tools that help you clean between the brackets and keep your teeth healthy. Regular cleanings should be conducted at least every 6 months. Your hygienist will recommend methods that help you prevent buildup around your brackets and limit the risk of white spots that some patients get from improper oral hygiene.

You’re never too old to enjoy straighter teeth. In fact, orthodontic therapy can help you improve your oral health. It’s also an effective part of managing conditions like TMJ disorders and preventing tooth wear. If you want to find out more about ceramic braces or find out if you could benefit from orthodontic therapy, schedule an assessment today!

Posted on behalf of:
Juban Dental Care
8564 Jefferson Hwy
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
(225) 927-8663

Jan
19

Invisible Braces

Posted in Braces

If you have always wanted straight teeth and a more attractive smile but shudder at the thought of wearing unattractive metal braces for years, talk to your dentist or orthodontist about whether invisible braces are a good option for you.  With invisible braces, you can enjoy the enhanced confidence and self-esteem that comes from an attractive smile without unsightly and uncomfortable conventional braces.

Invisible braces are generally most appropriate for adults.  Most cannot be used when the patient still has baby teeth.  In addition, invisible braces are best suited for correction of mild to moderate misalignments.  They are not as strong as conventional metal braces and are not effective for complex bite problems and severe misalignments.

There are several different types of invisible braces.  Clear aligners are clear, removable “trays” that are custom fitted over your teeth.  Clear aligners are virtually invisible and relatively comfortable, but they may require some getting used to.  Clear aligners are worn for 22 hours a day and are removed for eating and cleaning teeth.  A new aligner is used every few weeks to adjust the pressure on the teeth to move them.

Ceramic braces are pretty much the same as conventional metal braces except that they are made from a ceramic tooth colored material so they blend in with the patient’s teeth.  They are less noticeable than conventional braces, but more noticeable than other types of invisible braces.

Inside braces are similar to conventional braces except that they attach to the inside or back of the patient’s teeth rather than the outside or front like conventional braces.  They are much less noticeable than virtually any other types of braces.

Your orthodontist or dentist can help you decide what type of invisible braces are the best alternative for you .

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