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August 2019

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Everything You Need to Know About Clear Bracket Braces

By Braces, Clear Bracket Braces, Orthodontics

Woman's smile with clear dental braces on teethCrooked teeth bothering you? Do you want straighter teeth and a more attractive smile? If you’re a teenager or adult, you may think that braces would destroy your sophisticated appearance. We understand!

The decision to get braces isn’t always simple, but patients today have a wide range of treatment options. If the thought of traditional metal braces makes you cringe, consider clear bracket braces. This treatment has become popular among teen and adult patients because of its durability, discreet appearance, and effectiveness.

In short, you can have straighter teeth without obvious metal braces. That’s great news.

Ready to start treatment now? Call our Auburn, Gold River, or Natomas orthodontic office today to make an appointment with Dr. David Markham. He will work with you to create a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan to give you a healthy, gorgeous smile.

At Markham Orthodontics, we offer clear bracket braces made of transparent ceramic, as well as traditional metal braces and Invisalign®. Each treatment has advantages and disadvantages. To learn more about clear ceramic braces, keep reading!

Benefits of Clear Bracket Braces

Many adults love this option because of its discreet appearance, but there are more advantages of ceramic braces.

  • Effectiveness of traditional braces: Ceramic braces work like traditional braces in that each bracket is attached to a tooth, and a wire runs through the brackets. Adjusting the wire in particular areas allows us to use gentle pressure to move teeth. Metal or clear bracket braces work well for people with issues like overbite, misaligned teeth, and gapped teeth.
  • Use of epoxy: The bonding adhesive for ceramic is not as harsh on tooth enamel as the adhesive required for metal braces.
  • Less patient responsibility: Remembering to clean clear aligners regularly and wear them 22+ hours per day can be difficult for Invisalign patients. Because aligners are removable, they can get misplaced or inadvertently thrown away. With ceramic braces, all you need to do is maintaining good oral hygiene, and we’ll show you how.
  • Comfort: Although they are made of brackets and wires like traditional braces, clear ceramic braces do not scratch and irritate the soft tissues of the mouth like metal. Patients typically don’t need to use wax as often.

Disadvantages of Clear Bracket Braces

There are only two common complaints:

  1. They are more expensive than traditional braces.
  2. They stain easily.

As for cost of clear bracket braces, we believe the benefits are worth it! We also want you to have the braces of your choice no matter the cost, so we offer payment options that suit just about any budget. To learn more about financing, call the office to talk with a member of our staff today.

There are a few things you can do to prevent clear bracket discoloration:

  • Limit the amount of coffee, tea, and sodas you drink or use a straw for all dark beverages.
  • Brush after meals.
  • Floss after meals.

If you maintain these practices, staining is less likely.

Contact Our North Sacramento Orthodontist Offices Today

Our team at Markham Orthodontics loves to help patients achieve a healthy, beautiful smiles, and braces are one of the most effective ways we do that. If you are interested in clear bracket braces, call our office today at (916) 924-8970 to set up your appointment with Dr. Markham.

Enjoy Discreet Orthodontics with White Braces

By Blog, Braces, Orthodontics

If you have concerns about the prominence of traditional metal braces then you may be an ideal candidate for white braces. Unlike traditional metal braces, ceramic braces do not use metal brackets to adhere bands to teeth. Many adults and children prefer the orthodontic option because the attachments are discreet.  

Dr. David Markham offers multiple orthodontic treatments for patients in and around Sacramento, CA. If you are looking for an experienced and qualified dentist, Dr. Markham has an advanced degree in dentistry and a Certificate in Orthodontics in addition to his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of the Pacific.

Are White Braces Right for Me?

While Invisalign treatments continue to grow in popularity, there are still multiple benefits to undergoing orthodontic treatments through traditional braces. Traditional braces give Dr. Markahm better control over the treatment process and the final cosmetic results. Braces are also better equipped to correct conditions like crowding and issues that pertain to the bottom teeth. If you are the parent of a teenager, you won’t have to worry about patient compliance because the appliance is not removable.

During your consultation with Dr. Markham, he will guide you through the benefits of undergoing traditional braces vs Invisalign. If you decide to undergo traditional braces, you can opt for ceramic braces. Ceramic braces allow you to feel confident when smiling or taking photos throughout treatment. Many of our Sacramento area patients who are reluctant to get braces opt for ceramic braces once they learn about the many benefits. 

Ceramic braces generally come at a higher cost compared to metal braces. Patients will need to weigh pricing when considering this option. Metal braces tend to tolerate pressure and shifting better than ceramic braces can. If you are needing to correct significant levels of teeth misalignment, Dr. Markham may recommend metal brackets to avoid appliance breakage. 

Caring for Ceramic Braces

Special care should be taken any time you are wearing braces. Additional care will be needed for maintaining ceramic braces. Unlike metal, ceramic material can become discolored for the same reasons that teeth can become stained. It is important to avoid or cut back on certain drinks and foods that can discolor teeth, such as tea, coffee, wine, and sports drinks. Brushing after drinking these liquids can reduce the chances of discoloration occurring. Do not use whitening treatments to correct ceramic bracket discoloration. Investing in an electric toothbrush is another useful tool for preventing tooth discoloration. 

Who Is a Candidate for White Braces?

Candidates for ceramic braces have all of their adult teeth and have stopped growing. If you wish to correct misalignment issues with your teeth in a discreet manner, ceramic braces are an ideal option. Candidates should be willing to clean and maintain their braces to prevent unwanted decay.  

Ceramic brackets are not as durable as metal, so individuals with significant misalignment may not be ideal candidates for this treatment. Athletes or patients who require extensive mouth movements for their profession may be at a higher risk for breaking ceramic braces. If a bracket does break, Dr. Markham can fix the breakage during a visit to our office.

Enjoy Discreet Orthodontics with White Braces

There are few tradeoffs and many benefits to choosing ceramic braces for teeth straightening. During your orthodontic consultation, Dr. Markham will explain the benefits of white braces in detail. Many of our patients enjoy the discreet alternative to metal braces. To schedule your consultation with our office, please contact our staff online or call (916) 924-8970.