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Clear Bracket Braces: Are They Right for You?

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up close photo of woman wearing clear bracket bracesDo you want to straighten your teeth, but you’re not sure you want to wear metal braces? As an alternative, clear bracket braces have arrived on the orthodontic scene, offering tremendous benefits. If you have been contemplating clear bracket braces, our practice shares some of their advantages, as well as how we can help create a smile you will love to share.  So, join Markham Orthodontics in Sacramento, Gold River, and Auburn, CA, as we explore orthodontic options. Dr. David Markham and his skilled orthodontic team are here, ready to help you.

To learn more, or to schedule an orthodontic consultation, give us a call at 916-635-5400. We can help you choose an option to fit your lifestyle and aesthetic preferences.

Clear Bracket Braces vs. Traditional Braces

Clear bracket braces are very similar to traditional metal braces. However, because clear braces utilize ceramic brackets and tooth-colored wires, they blend in much better than their conventional alternatives. Additionally, for complex cases, clear braces are often more effective than aligner trays. For overbites, gaps, crooked back teeth, or teeth sitting atop one another, clear bracket braces are a viable option.

Advantages of Clear Bracket Braces

Clear bracket braces provide an array of benefits and can offer the straightest teeth imaginable. Here are some of the benefits clear bracket braces offer:

  • Although clear bracket braces are made similarly to traditional metal ones, their brackets are transparent, small, and virtually invisible to the eye, especially if the orthodontist uses a frosted arch wire. With this design, your clear bracket braces are discreet. Forget photos with that “metal mouth”; your clear braces will be undetectable during your treatment.
  • One may think that your clear braces are not durable; nothing could be further from the truth! Believe it or not, your clear bracket braces are very tough. Even though metal is sturdier, your clear braces are designed to ensure maximum strength. At Markham Orthodontics, we use only quality materials, ensuring your clear braces will last the duration of your treatment.
  • Thankfully, your clear bracket braces will not demineralize the tooth’s enamel. With ground-breaking orthodontic technology, you can be assured that your clear braces will not damage your teeth. With state-of-the-art bonding materials, they help to prevent color change as well as demineralization around the bracket. So as your teeth become straight, you will not have to worry about your tooth enamel being affected. A highly-effective adhesive will keep your braces affixed to your teeth, with no discomfort or damage to your teeth.
  • The glorious day will come in which your clear bracket braces will be removed. Fortunately, the removal process should be easy. With the technological advances described previously, your clear bracket braces will easily come off of your teeth while leaving the enamel healthy and intact.
  • Your clear bracket braces have a sleek design, with your comfort in mind. Most patients report minimal discomfort and a reduction in soft tissue irritation.
  • Thanks to advances in technology, your clear bracket braces will not stain easily. Initially clear braces would stain after eating and drinking. The original clear braces were made of plastic and stains would adhere to them with certainty. Today, your clear bracket braces are not only clear, but less receptive to discoloration.

Contact Markham Orthodontics Today

For the straight smile you desire, you owe it to yourself to contact Dr. David Markham and discuss clear bracket braces as an option. He and our Sacramento, CA team will offer you all of the information you need to make an informed decision. Make an appointment with us online, or call us at one of our three locations. We look forward to providing you with the stellar smile you deserve!

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Clear Braces vs Invisalign: What’s the Difference?

By Blog, Braces, Orthodontics
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If you’re thinking about straightening your teeth, there are several options available. So many, in fact, that it can seem a bit overwhelming deciding which option is right for you. At Markham Orthodontics in Sacramento, CA, we offer a wide range of options, including traditional metal braces, clear braces, and Invisalign®. One of the most common questions we hear involve the differences between clear braces and Invisalign. Today, Dr. David Markham will explore the similarities and differences between these two orthodontic treatments.

About Clear Braces

Clear braces are quite similar to conventional metal braces – with one major difference: The brackets are clear ceramic and the wires are tooth-colored. This gives patients the opportunity to straighten their smiles a little more discreetly.

About Invisalign

Unlike metal and clear braces, Invisalign doesn’t use brackets, wires, or bands at all. This system straightens the smile with clear, removeable, plastic trays. During treatment, patients will be given several sets of aligners, which they will switch out every two weeks to achieve the desired results.

What’s the Difference between Clear Braces and Invisalign?

Now that we’ve had a brief review of both clear braces and Invisalign, let’s look at a few key differences between the two.

Invisalign is more discreet.

If you want to forego metal braces for a more aesthetically pleasing look, then Invisalign is probably your best option. While clear braces are certainly less noticeable compared to their metal counterparts, Invisalign is virtually invisible to others.

Clear braces are more versatile.

Both clear braces and Invisalign can treat a wide variety of orthodontic issues. The difference is, clear braces can correct more severe cases. For example, if you have extremely crooked, gapped, or overlapped teeth, clear braces will be more effective than Invisalign.

Invisalign is removable.

Patients who choose clear braces will still need to clean around their wires and brackets, as these appliances are bonded onto the teeth until treatment is complete. Invisalign, on the other hand, is completely removeable. This means that you can enjoy all of your favorite foods without worrying about broken components. Just remember to place your aligner trays back in your mouth after meals; to be effective, Invisalign must be worn at least 22 hours every day.

Clear braces require fewer adjustments.

To successfully correct orthodontic issues with Invisalign, trays must be changed out every two weeks. However, those who choose clear braces will only need adjustments about every four weeks. No matter which option you choose, Dr. Markham will monitor your progress every few weeks to make sure you stay on track.

Clear braces are more likely to irritate soft tissues.

While clear braces certainly look different than traditional metal ones, the design is essentially the same. Therefore, the ceramic brackets and wires are more likely to irritate your lips, cheeks, and tongue compared to Invisalign trays. There’s no need to worry, however. Those who choose clear orthodontics typically become accustomed to their new appliance within a week or two.

Clear braces are more fragile.

The ceramic brackets used for clear braces are incredibly strong. However, they are still not as durable as metal. Therefore, they are more prone to breakage or other damage. Following the recommended guidelines set forth by Dr. Markham can help you avoid such situations.

Contact Markham Orthodontics Today

Looking for a better smile and a boost in confidence? Set up an appointment at our Sacramento, CA dental practice to find out which orthodontic option is right for you. Contact us at 916-635-5400.

You’re Never “Too Old” for Ortho

By Blog, Braces, Invisalign, Orthodontics

closeup photo of African-American man wearing Invisalign trayAre you considering adult orthodontics in Sacramento, CA? If so, our team at Markham Orthodontics can shed some light on the subject. Many of our adult patients worry that they are too old to undergo orthodontic treatment. Today, we will discuss age and orthodontics and explain why you’re never too old to achieve the smile you desire.

To learn more about your treatment options, contact Markham Orthodontics at (916) 924-8970. We will listen to your concerns and design a customized treatment plan to meet your needs.

Age and Orthodontics

In decades past, braces were primarily used for children and teens. However, research has proven the benefits of orthodontic treatment on bite function and overall oral health. As a result, more and more adults are considering this option. Fortunately, there is no upper age limit for braces. Therefore, adults of any age can achieve a straighter, healthier, more beautiful smile.

Other Considerations for Adult Orthodontics

There are a few factors that determine candidacy for adult orthodontics in Sacramento, CA. For example, you may not be eligible for this treatment if you have:

  • Old extraction sites: If you had one or more teeth extracted in the past, the remaining socket may or may not be an ideal site for tooth movement. In some cases, this issue can be resolved by placing a bone graft in the area before treatment begins.
  • Extensive tooth decay: If you have several cavities, Dr. Markham may recommend that you have restorative work performed first. Once your teeth are healthy and stable, we can begin orthodontic treatment.
  • Periodontal disease: Any gingivitis or gum disease must be addressed prior to orthodontic treatment. Gum disease erodes the bone around the teeth roots. If we attempted to move the teeth, they could become loose or fall out. Gum treatments can be performed to eliminate infection and prepare you for braces.
  • A high risk for resorption: Root resorption is a condition in which the body reabsorbs the teeth roots. Generally, adults have a much higher risk than children. If you have small roots, or a family history of resorption, you may not qualify for orthodontic treatment.

Orthodontic Options for Adults

If you are thinking about adult orthodontics in Sacramento, CA, there are several options. At our practice, Dr. Markham commonly recommends these treatments for our adult patients:

  • Traditional braces: Probably what you imagine when you think of braces, these conventional appliances move the teeth over time using metal brackets, wires, and bands. Though this option is noticeable to others, we can use clear or tooth-colored elastics for a more discreet appearance. Traditional braces are often recommended for patients with severe or complex orthodontic issues.
  • Invisalign®: One of the most popular treatment alternatives for our adult patients is Invisalign. This innovative system moves the teeth into their desired positions using a series of clear, removable plastic trays. Virtually invisible, this option is barely noticeable to others. In fact, most people will not even realize you are undergoing treatment.

Are there limitations to adult orthodontics?

Because of the developmental differences between children and adults, some adult patients may require oral surgery to fully correct their orthodontic issues. In general, braces or Invisalign can address a wide range of misalignment problems. However, if there are skeletal issues involved, surgical intervention may be an option. During a visit with Dr. Markham, he can help you determine the right treatment option for your needs.

Learn More about Adult Orthodontics in Sacramento, CA

If you’re over the age of 18 and you desire a straighter smile, consider what adult orthodontics in Sacramento, CA can do for you. To learn more, request an appointment online or call us at (916) 924-8970.

9 Tips and Tricks for Helping Your Teen in Braces

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A mother with two daughters, one wearing bracesLet’s face it – the teenage years can be difficult enough. It can be extra challenging for some individuals if they are self-conscious about wearing braces. Although we know 18 to 24 months is not a long time in the grand scheme of things, it can still seem overwhelming for a young patient. Dr. David Markham offers teen braces in Sacramento, CA. He is dedicated to fostering a positive experience for patients of all ages. At Markham Orthodontics, we believe that orthodontic treatment can be fun. Today, we will discuss 9 ways you can help your teen in braces.

Find Ways to be Supportive

If you are already considering braces for your child, you are already being supportive. However, it can be tricky when it comes to helping them make the right choices. It is so easy to subconsciously offer your teen gum, popcorn, hard candy, or other foods they should not be eating while wearing braces. Try to offer them the tools they need for success.

Affirm Good Oral Health Habits

A little positivity goes a long way. If you see your teen practicing healthy habits, compliment him or her. Conversely, if there are certain aspects of care that are challenging for your teen, help him or her out. For example, if they have trouble remembering to brush after lunch, pack a toothbrush for them.

Be Patient

It can be frustrating when your child does not cooperate, as patient compliance is a significant factor in the success of treatment. However, it is important to be patient. Gently remind your teen that the sooner he or she follows the recommended guidelines, the sooner he or she will be able to stop wearing braces.

Learn All You Can about Braces

If you had braces as a teenager, you are already a step ahead. If you did not undergo orthodontic treatment, research it. Try to understand what it is like to wear braces. This is the first step to being compassionate and empathetic to your teen while he or she is under our care.

Be Conscious about Meals

You may not be able to control what your teen eats when he or she is away. But while your teen is at home, it is important to be cognizant of things they should and should not be eating. Keep this in mind when you are preparing meals for the week. This will help them be successful.

Offer Cold Treats

With all the food restrictions while wearing braces, it’s okay to splurge every now and then. Keep your freezer stocked with your teens favorite frozen desserts. Things like popsicles, ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sherbet not only taste delicious, but they help soothe inflamed tissues as well.

Help Them Avoid Crunchy and Chewy Treats

Chewy and crunchy foods are the fastest way to damage braces. These types of foods can break wires and pull brackets off the teeth. If you have a weakness for these types of treats, store them separately so your teen will not be tempted.

Be a Good Listener

Sometimes it’s okay to complain. Your teen may have days that are more difficult than others, particularly after an adjustment. Be patient and be willing to listen.

Discuss Overall Treatment Expectations

Taking things one day at a time is an excellent way to go through life with braces. But when you have to be in treatment for two years, the process can seem never-ending. Remind your child that orthodontic treatment is only temporary. Every time your teen receives a good report at our office, celebrate with them, and count down the months until their orthodontic treatment is complete.

Learn More about Teen Braces in Sacramento, CA

If you are considering teen braces in Sacramento, CA for your child, following these simple guidelines will help you and your teenager enjoy successful treatment. To learn more about the treatment process, or to schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us at 916-924-8970.

When Should I Bring My Child to the Orthodontist?

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portrait of smiling mother and young daughterYou’ve been taking your child to the dentist since the first sign of his or her first tooth. You may be wondering when the appropriate time is to schedule an orthodontic evaluation. Dr. David Markham, our children’s orthodontist in Sacramento, CA, provides treatment for patients of all ages. Today, we will explore the importance of early diagnosis and discuss when you should bring your child to the orthodontist.

Age Seven is the Magic Number

The American Association of Orthodontists suggests bringing your child in for an orthodontic visit around the age of seven. But why is this? Around this age, enough adult teeth have grown in to identify potential problems. In some cases, early intervention may be recommended to prevent more invasive treatments from becoming necessary in the future. Any detectable issues are typically much easier to address when your child is still in his or her developmental stage.

Every child should visit the orthodontist by age seven. However, it is important to bring your child in if you notice that he or she:

  • Has lost baby teeth earlier than expected
  • Participates in thumb-sucking
  • Has difficulty eating
  • Has crowded teeth
  • Experiences clicking or popping when opening or closing the mouth
  • Has a jaw that is too far forward or too far back

What Will be Evaluated at the Appointment?

During the screening with our children’s orthodontist in Sacramento, CA, we will assess the baby teeth in addition to the permanent teeth. This will help us determine where the remaining adult teeth will erupt. We will also take x-rays and scans to evaluate the underlying jawbone and the jaw joints. All of these elements work together to provide optimal oral health.

Will Early Treatment be Necessary for My Child?

Many children will not require early orthodontic treatment. In fact, most of the young patients we see only need occasional monitoring until they are at least 11 or 12 years old. So why bother bringing your child in at such a young age? Because the few children who do require treatment have a crucial window of time to undergo appropriate intervention. The only way to know for sure if your child requires early treatment is to bring him or her in for a consultation with Dr. Markham. If he notes any growth or development issues, such as skeletal problems, it is best to correct these at a young age. If your child does require early treatment, a number of different appliances may be recommended, including braces, palatal expanders, headgear, and more. Generally, once early treatment is complete, we will monitor your child’s progress and begin the second phase of orthodontics when he or she is an adolescent.

Benefits of an Early Orthodontic Evaluation

There are a few significant advantages to bringing your child in for an orthodontic screening. If your child ends up needing early intervention, following through with Dr. Markham’s recommendation can save you a tremendous amount of worry, time, and money later on. For example, those who undergo early orthodontic treatment:

  • Rarely require braces during phase one
  • Experience fast treatment, usually one year or less
  • Can avoid extensive, complex treatment in the future

Contact Our Children’s Orthodontist in Sacramento, CA

If you are searching for a children’s orthodontist in Sacramento, CA, we sincerely hope you will consider scheduling a visit at Markham Orthodontics. We understand that choosing an orthodontist for your child can be an overwhelming task. We are here to help you through every step of your journey. Feel free to contact us online or call our office at (916) 924-8970.