Types of Braces
The two major components of traditional metal braces are the brackets and the archwire. The brackets are small metal bits that are adhered to each tooth and are used to secure the archwire. The archwire is a flexible, thin wire connecting all brackets. Your orthodontist will modify the archwire as your treatment progresses to apply continuous pressure and improve the alignment of your teeth.
Our skilled orthodontist, Dr. Madan, specializes in traditional metal braces at Beverly Hills Orthodontics for optimal comfort and efficiency. If you are interested in treatment with braces in Los Angeles, CA, contact us today to request your free consultation and learn if braces are right for you!
Clear braces are a form of orthodontic treatment that use tooth-colored brackets and bands instead of traditional components to reposition misaligned teeth. This type of treatment is becoming increasingly popular, especially among adults who prefer the more subtle appearance of clear braces.
If you are interested in braces but want to keep your treatment discreet, clear braces in Los Angeles, CA, are becoming the go-to for many of our adult patients.
Lingual braces are metal braces placed on the inside of your teeth, which means they are very discrete and usually unnoticeable to others. They have many of the same pros and cons as traditional metal braces, but many find them very uncomfortable. Some patients report developing a temporary lisp as well as mouth and tongue sores. Treatment also typically takes longer and costs more.
The LightForce Difference
How Does It Work?
LightForce employs indirect bonding, a technique in which brackets are set on a model of your smile in the precise location specified by Dr. Madan. This model is generated with 3D imaging technology to capture every feature of your teeth and assess what treatment is required. Following this, the brackets are bonded to your teeth, allowing the system to be bonded to your teeth in one piece rather than tooth by tooth, as with traditional braces. This method of putting brackets eliminates any guesswork in accurately fitting them on your teeth and considerably lowers treatment time.
Benefits of LightForce
The biggest benefit of using LightForce is its accuracy—braces fitted with this technology provide an incredibly precise fit, so there’s no need for multiple office visits or lengthy treatments. Plus, since all aspects of the fitting process are digitally planned out ahead of time, there’s no need for guesswork or trial-and-error when it comes to getting the perfect fit! Patients often report less discomfort after having their braces fitted with LightForce due to its improved accuracy over traditional methods.
Braces For Kids
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children attend their first orthodontic appointment by age 7 because this is when your child’s permanent teeth are starting to erupt and their facial and jaw bones are still developing. While this may seem a bit early to some parents, early-age appointments will make treatment much easier for your child and the continued development allows Dr. Madan to diagnose potential problems and create a treatment plan.
At Beverly Hills Orthodontics, we use these first appointments to perform a full evaluation of your child’s facial/dental features. By examining your child’s jaw, bite, facial growth patterns, and erupting permanent teeth, we are able to uncover alignment problems at an early stage and begin planning orthodontic work.
We may also use these initial consultations to recommend interceptive orthodontic treatments such as poor oral habit control, strategic tooth extraction, palate expansion, and muscle exercises.
With preventative treatment, your child will have a great foundation for future orthodontic work and we will be able to discuss the treatment options that best suit your child.
Benefits Of Braces For Kids
Braces are a well-proven treatment for correcting misalignments, and the process of having your braces put on is simple. First, a special orthodontic adhesive is used to bond the brackets to your teeth. Once the brackets are in place, a thin metal wire called the archwire is used to thread them together. This wire allows gradual pressure to be applied by regular tightening. Adjustments are made every few weeks to adjust the tension to make the experience as effective and comfortable as possible.
Braces are designed to fit seamlessly with your child’s lifestyle and deliver the most efficient and effective results. The major benefits of braces include:
- Durable and can treat a range of issues
- Often more affordable than Invisalign
- No patient adjustments are necessary
- Children have no aligners to lose
Braces For Teens
Teens today lead hectic lives. Between school, clubs, sports, and other social activities, it’s easy for teens and parents to feel overwhelmed, especially when important life events happen. As a parent, it’s important to support your child by helping them stay healthy and confident — including when it comes to their oral health.
At Beverly Hills Orthodontics, our team strives to make orthodontic treatment as easy as possible for all of our teenage patients. Using the latest orthodontic techniques, we develop personalized treatment plans with maximum comfort and convenience to ensure that your treatment fits seamlessly into your lifestyle. By learning more about our innovative approach, you’ll see why we’re widely considered the best orthodontist for teens in Los Angeles.
If concerned about the idea of braces, teens may not always voice any oral issues they experience. In contrast, some teens may develop habits to hide their smiles if they are self-conscious about certain aesthetic issues. In either case, a few months of orthodontic treatment today will mean a lifetime of confident smiles!
If your teenager is experiencing any of the following, an orthodontic examination may be needed.
- Crooked or overlapping teeth
- Large gaps between teeth
- Missing or crowded teeth
- Noticeable overbite or underbite
- Difficulty chewing, biting, and speaking
- Gaps between the top and bottom teeth while biting
- Speech issues
Braces For Adults
It’s Never Too Late For The Perfect Smile
If you’re an adult considering braces, there is always time to get the perfect smile you’ve always wanted. Braces go beyond resolving cosmetic concerns and can be beneficial for a number of reasons, such as oral health, speech impediments, and TMJ pain. You may even be surprised to learn that around 20 percent of orthodontic patients are over the age of 21.
At Beverly Hills Orthodontics, we understand the unique needs of our adult patients and work to provide comprehensive orthodontic care that meets their individual goals. We provide different options to suit your orthodontic needs and utilize the most advanced technology to ensure comfort and efficiency with your treatment. If you are seeking orthodontics treatment in Los Angeles, CA, as an adult, contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
Am I A Candidate For Braces?
For some adults, an aesthetic improvement such as straighter teeth is the sole purpose of braces treatment. If you’ve always been bothered by your smile, orthodontic treatment may be the solution you’ve been seeking. Braces are frequently utilized to fill spaces between teeth, resulting in a more aesthetically pleasing grin.
In addition to their aesthetic benefits, braces are highly efficient at correcting orthodontic issues such as bite misalignment and overcrowding. If not addressed, these issues can develop into TMJ conditions or jaw pain, making it difficult to chew, speak, or even breathe. Braces provide a permanent solution to these concerns; plus, orthodontic treatment also improves your overall oral health, making it easier to care for your smile.
The best way to determine if you are a candidate for braces in Los Angeles, CA, is to request a free consultation with us. During this initial consultation, our lead orthodontist, Dr. Madan, will visually examine the mouth, take digital scans utilizing our equipment to establish the underlying jaw position, and evaluate areas for orthodontic correction. Then, Dr. Madan and our team will develop a customized treatment plan suited to your individual needs and lifestyle preferences.
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
At Beverly Hills Orthodontics, Dr. Madan and her team offer a variety of options for braces, including:
- Traditional metal braces
- Clear ceramic braces
- LightForce custom brackets
These different types of braces are designed to help improve the look and function of your smile by correcting issues with alignment, spacing, and bite. Because each type has its own benefits and drawbacks, it is important to consult with our team to determine which option is best suited to your specific needs and goals. Ultimately, the right choice for you depends on factors such as your lifestyle, budget, and treatment timeline.
- Always remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day.
- Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask your orthodontist or family dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities!
- In addition to regular brushing, careful flossing will help prevent buildup around your brackets.
- Be sure to schedule your routine checkups with your family dentist every six months.
During your treatment, try to avoid foods with a lot of sugar, which increases the number of bacteria that grows in your mouth, causing more plaque and possibly cavities.
Avoid sticky and chewy foods (caramel, chewing gum, gummy bears), hard foods (hard candy, nuts, ice cubes), or any foods that could possibly get stuck in your braces (corn on the cob, soft bagels, ribs, taffy, etc.).
Braces do not often hurt though you may feel a small amount of discomfort for a couple of days as your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth get used to your new braces. However, this should subside as your mouth adjusts to your new appliances!
Playing an instrument or a contact sport may require some adjustment when you first get your braces, but wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities. If you play a contact sport, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance.