More than 4 million Americans wear braces to correct crooked and crowded teeth or misaligned jaws. At Skyline Smiles in Santa Clarita, California, board-certified pediatric dentist Harleen Grewal, DDS, and the team offer several types of braces to both children and adults, including traditional metal braces, lingual braces, and OrthoFX™. To find out which type of braces would work best for you or your child, book a consultation online or call the office today.
Dental braces are oral appliances used to straighten and align your teeth. They were invented in the 1800s, but have come a long way in the more than 150 years since.
Braces are especially popular for children and teenagers, but a growing number of adults wear them as well. They’re made of a variety of materials, including metal and ceramic, and can help you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of.
Skyline Smiles offers several types of braces, including:
Traditional braces feature rubber bands, brackets, and metal wires. They’re bonded to the front of your teeth and place slight pressure on your jawline.
Traditional braces are the most affordable.
Lingual braces are very similar to traditional braces. The only difference is that they’re bonded to the back of your teeth instead of the front. This allows you to receive orthodontic treatment discreetly.
Ceramic braces, or “clear” braces, feature ceramic brackets. That allows them to blend in with your tooth enamel and helps prevent staining.
If necessary, Skyline Smiles can color match your brackets to ensure they blend in with your teeth.
Braces can correct various oral imperfections, including:
You might also benefit from braces if you have noticeable spaces or gaps between your teeth.
To determine if braces are right for your child, Skyline Smiles conducts an oral exam, reviews your child’s oral health history, and asks about their goals for treatment. They then order oral X-rays to get a closer look at your child’s teeth, jaws, and alveolar bone.
If your child’s teeth are overlapping, crooked, or protruding, they’ll likely qualify. The type of braces that are right for your child depend on your budget and desired treatment time.
Applying braces to your teeth is a quick outpatient procedure that’s typically pain free.
In the days afterward, it’s normal to experience feelings of pressure, soreness, or increased tooth sensitivity. It’s possible to relieve any discomfort by taking over-the-counter pain medication.
If you want to learn more about braces for yourself or your child, schedule an appointment at Skyline Smiles. Book a consultation online or call the office to speak with a caring member of the administrative staff today.
*Individual results may vary