work corrects irregularities in the teeth, and moves them into an optimal position. Once a procedure many considered only for adolescents and teenagers, many people who did not receive orthodontic work when they were younger opt for braces later in life. Due to this fact, there are benefits to options which will suit patients of every age. The Corona dentists, at Dental Associates of Corona, will explain the differences between traditional braces, lingual braces, and custom aligners.
Traditional Braces: A Classic
Traditional braces are tried, true, and effective. You have probably seen them so often on teenagers that you hardly notice them. Comprised of brackets and wires, braces are designed to exert constant gentle pressure on teeth in order to alter their position over time. The brackets on braces can be made of metal or ceramic material. Ceramic brackets can blend in to the color of the tooth to make them less visible, but the wire going through the brackets will still have a silver appearance. The average amount of time traditional braces are worn is two years.
Lingual Braces are Inconspicuous
Lingual refers to the inner surfaces of teeth. Lingual braces are attached to those surfaces for more inconspicuous orthodontic work. Having teeth straightened without having to feel like your smile is distracting can be a huge advantage. Specialists trained in providing patients with lingual braces are harder to come by than orthodontists that are knowledgeable in traditional braces. The process of preparing for lingual braces can be a bit more involved, as the materials require greater customization to the patient’s teeth. In terms of the length of time needed to see results, however, lingual braces generally take about the same amount of time as their traditional counterparts.
Invisible Alignment Trays
You are unlikely to notice someone’s lingual braces unless you give their mouth a really close examination. The person wearing the braces certainly won’t forget they’re there, though. Patients who choose custom aligners like Invisalign or ClearCorrect won’t have to worry about their tongue rubbing against any brackets or wires. After impressions, photos, and X-rays are taken of the patient’s mouth, results are sent to a lab that will manufacture a series of alignment trays. Over the course of 12 to 18 months, the aligners will be worn around the clock, except when you eat and brush your teeth. The clear trays are changed every two weeks, and you will visit your dentist every four to six weeks to make sure the process is on schedule.
Schedule Your Visit
If you’re due for a checkup, or have more questions about oral health, we can help. At Dental Associates of Corona, we offer comprehensive dental care and multi-specialty dentistry. Contact our 92879 dental office at (951) 273-9580 today. We serve patients from Corona, and surrounding communities.