Braces Treatments in San Jose, CA
It’s not uncommon to need braces—very few people are born with the so-called perfect smile. We have plenty of experience offering orthodontic treatment to San Jose, CA, residents, but we understand that it’s not the easiest decision to make. With so many types of braces available, and more adults using them, there’s a wealth of information to take in. Read on about the services that we offer if you need braces throughout the San Jose area and get in touch if you have any other questions!
Why People Get Braces
Generally, braces are recommended to improve your orofacial appearance, which could be crooked teeth, incorrect positioning of the jaw, overbites, and other issues. While it’s fairly common for patients between the ages of 10 to 15 to get braces, as their teeth can be more easily straightened, more adults are using braces to resolve minor issues and to get the straight smile of their dreams.
How Braces Work
In a nutshell, braces work because they constantly apply pressure over an extended period of time, slowly moving the teeth in a specific direction. The bone will also change shape over time due to pressure. Braces have many components, including the brackets that bond directly to the front of each tooth, and the bands that are cemented to the teeth. Despite seeming simple, braces are very complicated mechanisms that play a dramatic role in changing your facial structure!
What Kind of Braces Are There?
There are rapidly more types of braces available. We recommend you speak to your San Jose orthodontist for more detailed information relevant to your specific situation. One type of braces may not work for you, so we’ll give you more details after your consultation. However, these are some of the more common braces:
- Metal/traditional braces: The type of braces most people picture, modern metal brackets have become much smaller, and thanks to heat-activated archwires, they’ll move quicker and with less pain than in previous times.
- Ceramic braces: Although they’re the same size and shape as metal braces, they use clear or tooth colored brackets and braces for a subtler look.
- Invisalign: A series of roughly 18 to 30 custom, guard-like plastic aligners for your mouth, Invisalign aligners are removed and replaced every two weeks. However, this isn’t an option for children and costs more.
- Lingual braces: Hidden behind your teeth, they’re virtually impossible to see when you smile and are custom made to match your teeth’s shape.
Living with Braces
Many people are afraid of the potential pain or discomfort when wearing braces that it’s not as bad as most people imagine! As your mouth adjusts, there may be mild soreness, but nothing out of the ordinary. Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to provide relief if needed. If the pain is more extreme, please speak to your orthodontist immediately. It’s also important to minimize sugary and starchy foods, which play a role in tooth decay and gum disease. You’ll have to brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste after each meal with a soft toothbrush and floss between your braces and under the wires to avoid enamel staining. But don’t stress—your friendly Moradi Signature Smiles orthodontist will run you through everything you need to know when you get braces!