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By Advanced Dental Arts
January 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces  

Metal braces aren't the only option if you would like to straighten your teeth. Since you'll be wearing your braces for a year or two, it's important to choose a brace type that's right for you. Your Oakville, MO, dentist, Dr. Aaron Schertzer helps you care for your smile with a range of family dentistry services and procedures.

 

What types of braces are available?

Common brace types include:

  • Metal Braces: Metal braces offer an excellent choice if you have mild to severe orthodontic issues. The braces consist of metal wires threaded through brackets attached to the front surfaces of your teeth with dental cement. Adjusting the tension on the wires periodically realigns your teeth. Although metal braces are very noticeable, they're one of the least expensive orthodontic treatment methods and may be the only choice if you have a severe or complicated orthodontic problem.
  • Ceramic Braces: Ceramic braces also use the wire-and-bracket method, but these braces are designed to be less obvious than metal braces. Their brackets are made of clear ceramic while the wires may be metal, clear or tooth-colored. Ceramic braces are usually used to treat mild to moderate orthodontic problems.
  • Lingual Braces: Lingual braces, one of the more expensive orthodontic options, are made in an Oakville area dental laboratory to ensure that they fit your mouth perfectly. The brackets and wires are attached to the back of teeth and can't be seen when you smile or speak.
  • Invisalign: Invisalign, the newest orthodontic treatment, eliminates the need for wires and brackets. If you choose Invisalign, you'll wear custom-fit trays that gradually re-position your teeth. Each tray in the series is worn for approximately two weeks before being switched out for the next tray in the series. The clear trays are practically invisible and are removed when you eat, brush, or floss your teeth. Invisalign is best suited for people who have mild to moderate orthodontic problems.

 

Do you need a little help choosing braces? Your Oakville, MO, dentist, Dr. Aaron Schertzer, offers family dentistry services and can help you decide which option is right for you. Call him at (314) 892-2120 to schedule an appointment.

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Mayim Bialik has spent a good part of her life in front of TV cameras: first as the child star of the hit comedy series Blossom, and more recently as Sheldon Cooper’s love interest — a nerdy neuroscientist — on The Big Bang Theory. (In between, she actually earned a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA…but that’s another story.) As a child, Bialik had a serious overbite — but with all her time on camera, braces were just not an option.

“I never had braces,” she recently told Dear Doctor – Dentistry & Oral Health magazine. “I was on TV at the time, and there weren’t a lot of creative solutions for kids who were on TV.” Instead, her orthodontist managed to straighten her teeth using retainers and headgear worn only at night.

Today, there are several virtually invisible options available to fix orthodontic issues — and you don’t have to be a child star to take advantage of them. In fact, both children and adults can benefit from these unobtrusive appliances.

Tooth colored braces are just like traditional metal braces, with one big difference: The brackets attached to teeth are made from a ceramic material that blends in with the natural color of teeth. All that’s visible is the thin archwire that runs horizontally across the teeth — and from a distance it’s hard to notice. Celebs like Tom Cruise and Faith Hill opted for this type of appliance.

Clear aligners are custom-made plastic trays that fit over the teeth. Each one, worn for about two weeks, moves the teeth just a bit; after several months, you’ll see a big change for the better in your smile. Best of all, clear aligners are virtually impossible to notice while you’re wearing them — which you’ll need to do for 22 hours each day. But you can remove them to eat, or for special occasions. Zac Efron and Katherine Heigl, among others, chose to wear clear aligners.

Lingual braces really are invisible. That’s because they go behind your teeth (on the tongue side), where they can’t be seen; otherwise they are similar to traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are placed on teeth differently, and wearing them often takes some getting used to at first. But those trade-offs are worth it for plenty of people. Which celebs wore lingual braces? Rumor has it that the list includes some top models, a well-known pop singer, and at least one British royal.

So what’s the best way to straighten your teeth and keep the orthodontic appliances unnoticeable? Just ask us! We’d be happy to help you choose the option that’s just right for you. You’ll get an individualized evaluation, a solution that fits your lifestyle — and a great-looking smile!

For more information about hard-to-see (or truly invisible) orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics for the Older Adult” and “Clear Aligners for Teenagers.”