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Clear Bracket Braces and Other Inconspicuous Orthodontic Treatments

By Blog, Clear Bracket Braces, Invisalign, Orthodontics

up close photo of woman wearing clear bracket bracesThe choice between living with crooked, gapped, or crowded teeth and chunky metal braces isn’t an easy one. Most teens and adults can’t decide which is more embarrassing. Thankfully, there’s a third option! Clear bracket braces are just one of the more discreet orthodontic options available to those seeking to align their smile.

Want to learn more? Read this blog to discover everything you need to know about the most inconspicuous orthodontic options.

Clear Bracket Braces

Also called clear ceramic braces, this orthodontic treatment functions just like traditional metal braces. Aside from their discreet appearance, ceramic braces offer these advantages:

  • Highly effective: Clear braces are as effective as traditional metal braces for treating mild to severe dental issues like overbite, misalignment, and gapped teeth. There is a bracket secured to each tooth and a wire running through each bracket. These wires are tightened regularly to apply gentle pressure that moves teeth into the proper positions.
  • Use of epoxy: This bonding adhesive is not as hard on the enamel as the bonding material used for metal braces so you’re less likely to experience sensitivity once the braces are removed.
  • Less responsibility: Clear aligners can be difficult to keep up with, and if they aren’t worn for at least 22 hours a day, they aren’t effective. Ceramic braces can’t be removed, so the only thing you have to remember is to maintain good oral hygiene.
  • Comfort: Metal brackets scratch and irritate the soft tissues inside the mouth. Ceramic is much smoother so you don’t have to use wax as often.

The most common complaints about ceramic braces are (1) they are more expensive, and (2) they stain easily.

Most dentists and patients agree that the cost of clear bracket braces is totally worth it! To make this option more affordable, our dentist offers payment plans and options for almost any budget.

As for staining, patients should follow these tips to prevent discoloration:

  • Limit your intake of coffee, tea, and soda
  • Brush and floss after meals
  • Use a dentist-approved whitening toothpaste

Invisalign®

Adults and teens who are seeking the most discreet way to straighten their smiles often choose Invisalign clear aligners. This modern orthodontic option utilizes multiple sets of heavy-duty plastic aligners to gently move teeth into place. Most patients are suitable candidates for Invisalign but check with your orthodontist to make sure.

It’s important that Invisalign patients understand the amount of responsibility that comes with removable aligners. The ability to take out the aligners can be a blessing and a curse. On one hand, you don’t have to worry about uncomfortable metal brackets and food getting stuck in them. On the other hand, you do have to worry about misplacing, throwing away, and not properly using the aligners. Invisalign must be worn for at least 22 hours a day to achieve desired results. Your teeth and aligners must be cleaned after every meal as well.

Besides being nearly invisible, Invisalign clear aligners are extremely comfortable and effective. To learn more about how this modern orthodontic option can improve your smile, talk to your orthodontist today.

Other Orthodontic Options

At Markham Orthodontics, our team is passionate about helping you achieve the smile of your dreams in the fastest, most conservative way possible. In addition to clear bracket braces and Invisalign, we also offer the following options:

  • Six Month Smiles®
  • Fastbraces® accelerated treatment
  • AcceleDent®

Schedule an Initial Consultation

Contact an experienced orthodontist near you today to learn more about clear bracket braces and Invisalign. He will help you decide which option is best for improving your smile.

Contact our experienced and helpful team today at (530) 823-8771.

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How much do braces cost?

By Blog, Braces, Clear Bracket Braces, Invisalign, Orthodontics, sacramento braces

close-up of bracesOne of the first things people notice about you is your smile. If that fact makes you cringe, you’re probably one of the millions of people with crooked, gapped, or overcrowded teeth. Thankfully, modern orthodontics offers multiple solutions to an imperfect smile—traditional metal braces, clear braces, and Invisalign®.

One of the first questions patients ask when considering braces is: How much do braces cost? The truth is, the cost of braces is different for everyone. Factors that contribute to braces cost are insurance coverage, the orthodontist’s pricing, and the length of treatment required to correct your smile.

Even so, our orthodontist can give you information about your orthodontic options and their average cost.

Traditional Metal Braces

Metal braces have come a long way over the last few years. Orthodontists now use much smaller brackets that don’t require additional wires or elastic ties to keep them in place. As a result, they are far less bulky and much more comfortable than ever before. In addition, traditional metal braces offer some serious benefits. For example:

  • Metal braces treat severe issues of crowding, spacing, and malocclusion.
  • Treatment time is often shorter.
  • They are the strongest and most durable option.
  • Metal braces typically cost less than other orthodontic options.

Speaking of cost, traditional metal braces cost ranges from $3,000 to $5,000.

Clear Braces

For patients who desire a more subtle orthodontic option, clear braces are an excellent choice. Metal brackets are replaced with tooth-colored ceramic brackets to provide patients with low-visibility along with the same benefits of traditional braces.

A common issue with this option is that the brackets become stained over time. However, this can be avoided by reducing your consumption of common teeth-staining agents like coffee, tea, and dark-colored fruits. Your orthodontist can also recommend a whitening toothpaste and other oral health care treatments that will combat staining.

Typically, clear braces cost between $2,000 and $5,000.

Invisalign®

For obvious reasons, Invisalign clear aligners are one of the most popular orthodontic options among teens and adults. Along with being nearly invisible, these braces are also comfortable and convenient.

Patients love the option of removing their aligners while eating because this means there are no diet restrictions. However, having removable braces requires more responsibility from the wearer because the aligners can easily be misplaced and must be worn at least 22 hours a day.

Unfortunately, Invisalign isn’t an option for everyone. A quick oral health exam can determine whether you are a suitable candidate.

This innovative option is the more expensive of the three at $3,500 to $8,000.

Payment Options

To relieve some of the stress about braces cost, many orthodontists offer a few different payment options. At Markham Orthodontics, we offer the following financing options:

  • Most credit cards
  • CareCredit® cards
  • Affordable payment plans

Of course, we also accept most insurance plans which should cover a portion of the braces cost. Our team is happy to sit down with you to discuss a payment plan that works best for your budget and to help you with any insurance billing and paperwork.

Schedule an Initial Consultation

Braces cost shouldn’t stop anyone from achieving a beautiful, healthy smile. To learn which braces option is best for you, contact an orthodontist near you today.

To meet with our friendly, experienced team, call (916) 924-8970 today.

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Will an Invisalign orthodontist tell me if I need regular braces?

By auburn ortho, Clear Bracket Braces, Invisalign, Orthodontics

man with Invisalign trayAn orthodontist’s top priority is to help his patients achieve a perfectly aligned smile. Many patients are interested in clear aligners because of their discreet appearance and successful outcomes! However, not everyone is a suitable candidate for Invisalign®. When choosing an Invisalign orthodontist, be sure to select one that offers other orthodontic treatments as well.

While your preference is important, if you aren’t a good candidate for Invisalign, your orthodontist will recommend regular braces. No one wants to see you waste time and money on a treatment that will leave you with anything less than your desired results.

In this blog, we’ll discuss who is a candidate for Invisalign® and the other orthodontic options available to those who aren’t eligible.

Suitable Candidates for Invisalign

The good news is that Invisalign aligners can treat most orthodontic problems. These include minor to moderate cases of:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Gaps
  • Overcrowding
  • Underbite
  • Overbite
  • Crossbite

Invisalign primarily corrects the position and placement of teeth, not the structure and positioning of the jaw. Due to this, severe cases of misalignment typically require traditional braces. However, orthodontic technology is continually improving so we predict Invisalign will be able to do more in the future.

Meeting with an Invisalign orthodontist in person is the only true way to know if you are a good candidate for clear aligners. Schedule your appointment today!

Other Considerations

Besides the current state of your smile, your orthodontist will also discuss other issues that may disqualify you from Invisalign treatment. Invisalign enables patients to remove their aligners while eating or speaking publicly. While this is one of the greatest advantages, it can also be the greatest downfall.

With more freedom comes more responsibility. Therefore, patients must wear their aligners appropriately and keep up with them.

To achieve desired results, patients must wear the aligners for at least 20 hours a day. Not wearing the aligners enough can lengthen treatment time and make it more expensive.

Patients who are too young to take responsibility for their aligners may be steered more towards traditional braces to avoid having to replace the aligners often.

It’s important to ensure that Invisalign is the best option for you before treatment begins. There is no wrong choice between clear aligners and traditional braces for those who qualify.

Not a candidate? Not a big deal!

If the words “traditional braces” make you think of giant silver brackets and wires, think again! Traditional braces are much more subtle than they used to be—and just as effective. Ask your orthodontist for braces with clear-colored ceramic brackets and customizable arch wire. Some orthodontists call these clear braces, but there is no other difference between the two treatments.

Clear braces are particularly popular for adult patients for the same reasons that clear aligners are. They both discreet, effective treatment, but clear braces often work faster than Invisalign. So if you’re looking for a quick treatment time, clear braces may be your best choice.

Discuss Your Options

When you meet with your orthodontist, he should discuss the pros and cons of each orthodontic option. Be sure to choose a practice, like Markham Orthodontics, that offers Invisalign AND traditional braces. This way, you know he is giving you the best advice and not just trying to keep you as a patient.

Our orthodontists are happy to help you make the best choice for your smile and lifestyle. Call our Invisalign orthodontist today at (916) 924-8970 to schedule an initial consultation.

How do Dentists Put Braces on Teeth?

By auburn ortho, Braces, Clear Bracket Braces, sacramento braces, sacramento ortho

Young Asian girl with bracesAt Markham Orthodontics, our top priority is helping our patients achieve a healthy smile that can increase their self-esteem. As adult and children’s orthodontists, Dr. David Markham and Dr. Steven Scott provide exceptional, gentle orthodontic care to patients in the Sacramento area. We offer traditional metal braces, clear bracket braces, and Invisalign® to help you attain a straighter smile. Our offices are conveniently located in Natomas, Gold River, and Auburn. Call us to schedule an appointment today.

If you or your child is getting bracket braces, you may be wondering what the process is like. Here is how dentists put on braces:

Step 1: Cleaning

Before our orthodontists begin the process, your teeth should be squeaky clean and dry. One of our friendly hygienists will gently remove any plaque and tartar from your teeth with a professional cleaning.

Step 2: Securing the Brackets

Based on what you or your child has decided, you will either receive metal brackets or clear ceramic brackets. These ensure that the wires on your teeth stay in place.

To secure the brackets, a tiny amount of bonding adhesive is placed on the center of each tooth, lightly dried, and set using a blue light. Our orthodontists will then affix the brackets directly on the glue. Any excess glue will be removed, and your dentist will use the blue light again to ensure a strong bond.

Step 3: The Bands

To anchor the braces, an appropriately-sized band is placed around your back teeth. Glue is applied to the metal bands, and your orthodontist will slide the bands over your back molars.

This part of the process requires some pressure, but your orthodontist will be as gentle as possible to guarantee your comfort.

Step 4: The Arch Wire

Next, a strong wire is threaded through each bracket to connect them and provide the force your teeth need to move into their correct positions.

Small rubber bands called ligatures are then attached to your brackets to keep the wire in place. Whether you have metal or clear braces, these rubber bands can be any color you choose.

Once they are all placed, the wires are snipped to prevent them from irritating your gums and cheeks.

Tips for Afterwards

This process takes anywhere from one to two hours, leaving the rest of the day for you to rest and get used to your new braces. Here are some tips to help your first days with braces be more comfortable:

  • Eat soft foods like boiled vegetables, pasta, soup, yogurt, and pudding.
  • Brush with a gentle toothbrush after each meal
  • Use dental wax to alleviate irritation.
  • Rinse your mouth with saltwater help heal any sores
  • Take over-the-counter pain medications for soreness

After your first few days with braces, your mouth will start to feel normal again. Make sure to follow all your orthodontist’s instructions on how to continue taking care of your teeth with braces.

Contact Our Office Today

As adult and children’s orthodontists, Dr. Markham and Dr. Scott look forward to building relationships with people of all ages. We can’t wait to get to know you and help you love your smile. To learn more about the benefits of braces and which option is right for you, visit our website.

Ready to schedule your initial consultation? Contact our Natomas, Gold River, or Auburn office today. 

 

Woman's smile with clear dental braces on teeth

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.