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Types of Orthodontic Appliances You Can Get in Sacramento, CA

By Braces, Invisalign, Orthodontics, Retainer

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The success of any orthodontic treatment depends on the orthodontist’s skill and patient compliance. Patients must wear their appliances as instructed to ensure the teeth and jaws move into proper alignment. “Appliance” is the word used to describe braces and other devices used to move the teeth into their desired positions.

Anything new that is attached or placed in your mouth can take getting used to, but the benefits far outweigh any initial discomfort. Orthodontic appliances apply a gentle force which can cause some initial discomfort but remember, this means the teeth are moving into place. Plus, the benefits of the appliances far outweigh any tenderness.

Dr. David Markham is a board-certified orthodontist, skilled at creating beautiful smiles and happy patients, in the Sacramento, CA area. The Markham Orthodontics team provides superior orthodontic treatment and top-notch customer service to patients of all ages.

Braces Are The Basics of Orthodontic Appliances

At Markham Orthodontics, we are delighted to offer our patients a variety of braces types to choose from. After a careful evaluation with our dentists and based on your orthodontics needs and budget, we will be able to offer you any of the following ones.

There are two types of braces in this category: Traditional metal and ceramic braces. Both of them remain attached to your teeth, and they must be applied, adjusted, and removed only by your orthodontist.

Metal Braces (Traditional braces)

This is the most common type of braces and the one that most people think about when they hear the word “braces.” It is also the least expensive option, so it is a considerable choice if you want to save some money. They are made with metal brackets but are actually much smaller than the ones used in the past. The look we have today is much more appealing, smaller, and more comfortable than in the old days.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces work the same as metal braces, plus the addition of great benefits, but they are made with the advantage of being tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend into your teeth. They are comfortable, and they are the better-looking counterpart part of metal braces.

The ceramic material does need maintenance, as it can stain easily, but if you follow good oral hygiene and some dietary restrictions, you will be good to go.

Invisalign Clear Aligner

Here, we have a variety of fun, effective and practical options.

Clear aligners are the talk of the town and for many good reasons. They are first of all good for teens and adults, and the easy custom-made clear aligners will straighten your teeth without anyone noticing. They are also removable, giving you the greatest amount of flexibility and freedom.

As you can remove your aligners, your dietary restrictions are not going to be as drastic as with fixed orthodontic treatments. They are not recommended to forgetful young patients, as they area treatment that requires wearing them constantly and young teens who might forget to put them back.

Retainers

After you complete your orthodontic journey and you are delighted with your brand new straight smile, you will still have a step to complete, and it involves the use of retainers.

Retainers are devices used to keep the new position of the teeth as teeth gradually move over time.

Clear Retainers

Very similar to clear aligner trays, they ensure the teeth keep their new position by using a vacuum-formed hard plastic to prevent moving.

Traditional Retainers

Made of acrylic or plastic, they also have metal wires that make them easy to adjust.

Fixed Retainers

These retainers will be bonded to the teeth; as they cannot be removed, they don’t require adjustments. These are ideal for forgetful or distracted people afraid of keep losing their retainers.

Other Types of Orthodontic Appliances

The type of appliance prescribed to you will depend on your specific orthodontic needs and treatment goals. Several types of appliances are used for the duration of your treatment and are either fixed or removable.

Appliances used in orthodontics may include:

TADs

Temporary anchorage devices are tiny screws used to provide a temporary yet fixed point from which to apply the force needed to move the teeth. It allows for predictable tooth control.

Rubber Bands

The orthodontist may refer to these as elastics. Rubber bands attach to the brackets to apply enough gentle force to move the teeth and jaws. A wide range of colors is available, allowing patients to pick their favorite color, school color, or celebrate the holidays with different colors.

Chain Elastics

These are used to close spaces between the teeth.

Headgear

If a patient is prescribed headgear, it will attach to the braces from the back of the head. It is easy to remove, most often worn at bedtime, and used to apply the extra force to move the teeth and jaws.

Herbst Appliance

This fixed appliance reduces overbite in patients by slowly moving the jaw forward and the upper molars backward. It is most often used by younger patients who are still growing.

Palatal Expander

The appliance “expands” or widens the upper jaw by putting pressure on the upper molars every time the orthodontist makes an adjustment. Once the desired expansion is achieved, the appliance will remain in place for a few months.

Positioners

This appliance is used to complete the last few tooth movements needed to complete the orthodontic treatment.

Separators or Spacers

These are tiny rubber doughnuts that are inserted between your teeth to gently and slowly push them apart.

Mouth Guard

A mouth guard protects your teeth from injury during sports or other vigorous athletic activities.

Night Guard

A night guard is needed to prevent and stop patients from grinding or clenching their teeth.

Bite Plate

This is a small appliance made from acrylic material with metal clasps. These clip onto the inside of the top teeth. It is used before orthodontic treatment begins to correct a deep bite and prevents the back teeth from touching.

Habit Breaker Thumb Appliance

It is used to deter thumb-sucking habits and poor tongue posture.

Contact Us

If you are considering orthodontic treatment, check out our patient video gallery to see what other patients have to say about their Markham Orthodontic experience. Then call our office at 916-924-8970 for a complimentary evaluation or reach out to us online.

Different Kinds of braces

Different Kinds of Braces to Choose

By Blog, Invisalign, Orthodontics, sacramento braces

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Dr. Markham and the team at Markham Orthodontics know there are different kinds of braces to choose from and making a decision to start your orthodontic journey to straighter and healthier teeth is easier said than done. Everything, from choosing the best orthodontist in Gold River to deciding the right orthodontic device, can be confusing and even stressful.

However, that is why today, we will go through the ins and outs of orthodontic treatment and the devices you can choose from. Since there are many different types of orthodontic braces available and each type uses several components and materials, we will take a closer look at each type individually.

The first thing you need to know is that all the types of braces work to achieve the same goal; they all realign your teeth to enhance chewing, biting, and aesthetics. Ultimately, they give you, the patient, that perfect, healthy, and bright smile you have always wanted to see reflected in the mirror or in pictures. Now let’s start.

What Are the Different Kinds of Braces to Choose?

The two main types of braces available are removable and fixed devices. As the names suggest, you can remove these appliances from your mouth at any time, while fixed devices require special tools and an orthodontist.

Though fixed dental braces are helpful when correcting severe alignment issues, removable devices are popular because they afford the wearer more freedom during the length of their treatment.

Within these two types, you can find many options to choose from, each with its own pros and cons and pricing. After learning about your different options, the best thing to do is to schedule an appointment with your orthodontist and discuss which suits your specific smile needs.

Traditional Braces

This type is the most common, and therefore the least expensive option. Also known as metal braces, these are the braces that most come to mind when we hear the word “braces.”

Metal Braces

Made with metal brackets and wires, this type is responsible for giving patients the dreaded metal-mouth look. However, with advances in technology, today’s traditional braces are actually smaller and more appealing than those of the past. The cost of this option can vary anywhere from $3,000 to $7,500.

Ceramic Braces

This type works the same as the traditional braces we are so familiar with, plus the addition of a great benefit. Made with tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend into your teeth. These braces are the more appealing counterpart part of metal braces.

However, being less noticeable comes with a price that ranges from $2,000 to $8,500. One of the biggest disadvantages of ceramic braces is that because their more appealing material is more sensitive than traditional metal, these braces can stain easily if you don’t pay attention to proper oral hygiene and certain dietary restrictions.

As you can see, both traditional metal and ceramic braces fall into the category of fixed orthodontic devices. Because these devices remain bonded onto your teeth, they can only be applied, adjusted, or removed by your orthodontist. Let’s move on to the removable category.

Invisalign for Teens and Adults

Invisalign or clear aligners are a system of aligning trays that consists of a series of custom-made, clear plastic aligners. These aligners are removable, giving you the most flexibility and freedom.

With clear aligners, diet restrictions are a thing of the past. Since you will be removing them to eat, oral hygiene also becomes easier to keep up with. However, this option may not suit everyone, especially younger patients who might forget to put their aligners back in after eating or even lose their aligners. The cost of clear aligners ranges from $3,000 to $7,000.

As a general rule, you should keep in mind that most orthodontists believe the average length of time for orthodontic treatment is anywhere from six months to two years. The actual length of treatment is always specific to each individual patient. Because we all have different smile needs, always make sure to follow your orthodontist’s instructions for best results.

Now, after you complete your orthodontic journey and you finally see your brand new, straight smile, it is completely normal to think you finished everything. However, even after your braces come off, you still have one more step to complete.

Retainers

After you complete your orthodontic care, you should wear a retainer to keep the teeth in their new position. Because teeth naturally shift with time, these appliances help prevent this “shifting back” from happening.

As the name suggests, retainers basically retain their teeth from moving. Within the retainer category, there are 3 different types you need to be familiar with.

Clear Retainers

Clear retainers are clear trays, which look much like clear aligners. These retainers ensure that the teeth stay in position because of the vacuum-formed hard plastic that accurately prevents shifting.

Traditional Retainers

Unlike clear retainers, traditional retainers only use acrylic or plastic, and they have metal wires. Making them the less appealing retainer type.

Fixed Retainers

A fixed retainer is an appliance that remains in the mouth. Usually, the orthodontist bonds them to the teeth, and as such, they don’t need any adjustments. A fixed retainer is great for patients who are afraid of removing and losing their retainers.

Finding Your Smile in Gold River

The perfect smile is definitely something worth working towards; however, there is a lot to consider before starting orthodontic treatment. At Markham Orthodontics, we are committed to providing top-quality orthodontic care but also to ensuring all of our patients feel comfortable and secure with our treatment options and at our office. We will answer all your questions so you know which options suit you best; out of all the different kinds of braces, you’ll want to choose the ones that fit your lifestyle the best.

That is why we would like to meet you in person and help you through the process of achieving the smile of your dreams. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Markham, please contact us. We look forward to meeting with you.

Tips for Using Invisalign

By Invisalign

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Most people like the idea of wearing Invisalign because of how discreet they are. Others like this option because they are removable. Still, many patients come to the office attracted only by those perks and forget there’s still a lot to do to have a successful treatment with Invisalign.

More than one patient has come into our office and asked, “What can I do to help my teeth when wearing Invisalign?”

While everyone’s teeth and dental needs are different, there are certain things everyone can do to make wearing their Invisalign aligners a more rewarding experience. Always follow the list of instructions and tips from Drs. Markham and Scott, and add the following advice to your daily routine if you want to survive your first few weeks with your new aligners.

Invisalign Tips and Tricks

Let’s review a couple of tips you should keep in mind for your first few weeks of treatment and all the months that follow.

Please remember that your treatment may last for several months, and your success will largely depend on your habits.

Aren’t They Removable?

Yes. But these aligners are not removable in that you can take them off and forget about the appliance for hours at a time.

According to the official Invisalign FAQ, every patient should wear theirs anywhere between 20 and 22 hours per day. We’re not mathematicians here, but that means most of the day. And we mean it.

You should only take off your aligner trays when you eat or drink anything that could stain the aligners. Some fellow orthodontists even recommend you chew with them on, but we’ll leave that discussion for your next visit to our practice.

Follow the 48-hour rule when wearing your aligners. When you insert every new set of aligners, you should leave them in as much as possible during the first 48 hours. Your teeth will move more during this timeframe.

Keep It Clean

And so we return to the mighty subject of dental hygiene.

We will not stop mentioning this because some patients seem to magically forget about their toothbrushes as soon as we install a new appliance. Thankfully, this is not always the case with patients wearing Invisalign clear aligners.

Because the trays are removable, you can take them off to clean your teeth as usual. Use a pea-sized amount of fluoride and brush your teeth for at least two minutes being careful not to press too hard onto each tooth.

Brush your teeth after every meal, even after your snacks.

Continue flossing every day. You should be flossing in any case. But it can be easy to assume that Invisalign will protect your teeth from bacteria. This is not true. Bacteria can get behind the aligners and affect the health of your teeth and gums, so keep up with your flossing schedule.

Rinse them only with water. Some people use other formulations to clean their aligners. In reality, denture cleaners, alcohol-containing mouthwash, and toothpaste can all damage your Invisalign trays.

Always ask us about teeth whitening. Our team at Markham Orthodontics knows how important it is for you to keep your teeth white and stain-free from the foods and drinks you consume daily. If you have attachments to your teeth, they will not whiten properly. Ask our office about teeth whitening when wearing your aligners; it might be best to wait until your treatment is complete.

Hope for the Best, Prepare for The…

You may experience slight discomfort while wearing your Invisalign aligners. You can take a pain reliever to help with the discomfort, but if you experience too much pain, please give us a call.

All patients should expect some level of discomfort. After all, your appliance is literally pushing away bone structures protruding from your gum line. Still, we make sure that we plan your treatment to avoid as much discomfort as possible.

Some over-the-counter painkillers should do the trick, but never be afraid to contact your orthodontist if the painful sensation is too much to manage.

Get in Touch With Us

The team at Markham Orthodontics is waiting for you at our convenient Natomas, Gold River, or Auburn, CA offices. Start your journey to a healthy and beautiful smile by scheduling an appointment right here.

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How much do braces cost?

By Braces, Blog, 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 Invisalign, auburn ortho, Clear Bracket Braces, Orthodontics

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An 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 the 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 archwire. 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 Sacramento 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.

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