Los Angeles orthodontists offer different options
Celebrities are not the only ones in Los Angeles who feel the need to have a perfect smile.
Aside from looking good, straight teeth function better, are easier to keep clean and are more likely to last a lifetime, according to the American Association of Orthodontists.
Braces, also called orthodontic appliances, can be crafted to be as noticeable or as invisible as the wearer wants, from invisible braces for the self-conscious to glow-in-the-dark retainers for extroverts. They can be made of metal, ceramic, plastic or a combination of materials molded into shapes and held together with rubber bands that come in your favorite colors.
Braces come in two types: fixed, which are worn all the time and must be applied and removed by the orthodontist, and removable.
According to the California Dental Association, the process, regardless of the type of braces, involves steady pressure on the bone holding the tooth, causing the bone to break down. At the same time, the tension on the bone causes it to grow and fill in the area behind the moving tooth.
Orthodontic options include:
- Traditional braces. Whether stainless steel, tooth-colored ceramic or plastic, they are bonded to the front of the tooth and act as handles that hold the wires that move the teeth. Sometimes gold-plated braces are used for patients allergic to nickel.
- Invisible braces. Clear, removable, molded plastic aligners designed to move your teeth into better alignment.
- Lingual braces. This refers to the side of the tooth facing the tongue. These braces are attached on the inside surface of the teeth, where they aren’t visible. This is not something that can be done by all orthodontists.
And don’t think braces are just for kids. The AAO reports that one in five patients currently seeking braces is an adult.
The average cost for braces varies depending on the type and treatment required. Check with your insurance, as some plans offer orthodontic coverage.
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