Braces are dental appliances used to correct misaligned teeth and bite issues. They consist of brackets, wires, and bands that work together to reposition the teeth over time gradually. Braces apply gentle, controlled pressure to move the teeth into their desired positions, ultimately leading to a straighter and more properly aligned smile. At Alexander & Martin Orthodontics, they are commonly used to address a wide range of orthodontic issues, improve oral function, and enhance overall dental health and aesthetics.
These are the most well-known and widely used braces. They consist of metal brackets and wires that are affixed to the teeth. Modern versions are smaller and less noticeable than in the past.
Similar in design to traditional braces, ceramic braces use clear or tooth-colored brackets and wires, making them less conspicuous and more aesthetically pleasing.
Lingual braces are custom-made by our dentist in Sacramento, CA, and attached to the back of the teeth, making them virtually invisible from the front. They are ideal for those who desire discreet orthodontic treatment.
Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional braces. It uses a series of clear, removable aligners to reposition the teeth gradually. Invisalign is nearly invisible and offers greater flexibility regarding eating and oral hygiene.
Braces in Sacramento, CA, are often recommended for children and adolescents when they have developing orthodontic issues. As the jaw and teeth are still growing during these years, it's an opportune time to guide their development into proper alignment. Common concerns in this age group include overcrowding, irregular spacing, overbites, underbites, and other issues that can lead to misaligned teeth and poor oral function. Early intervention with braces can help prevent more extensive and challenging orthodontic problems, setting the foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Braces are not exclusively for young individuals. Many adults seek orthodontic treatment to address cosmetic concerns and improve the alignment of their teeth. Whether they missed out on orthodontic care in their younger years or have experienced orthodontic relapse, adults can benefit from braces to enhance their smiles. Advancements in orthodontics offer options such as clear aligners or ceramic braces, making orthodontic treatment more discreet and manageable for adults who may be self-conscious about wearing traditional metal braces.
Patients with Functional Bite Problems
Braces are beneficial for individuals with bite problems that affect their oral function. Overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites can lead to discomfort, difficulty eating, and speech issues. Braces can help reposition the teeth and jaw to improve bite alignment, ensuring proper oral function and preventing long-term complications.
Dental braces have transformed countless smiles, improving aesthetics, oral health, and overall well-being. Visit Alexander & Martin Orthodontics at 3461 Fair Oaks Blvd #100, Sacramento, CA 95864, or call (916) 630-0306 to determine if braces are the right choice and to develop a treatment plan that addresses the unique needs and goals of the patient.