Dentistry At Its Finest offers complete orthodontic care in Costa Mesa for both children and adults. Dr. Ayzin and our dental care team will work with you on an individual basis to evaluate your needs or the needs of your child and to create a personalized treatment plan. The goal of orthodontic treatment is to establish a stable, comfortable and healthy bite that will support your long term dental health. Orthodontics can also be used to address cosmetic concerns and to provide a more symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing smile.
Traditional metal braces have long been the mainstay of orthodontic treatment and offer dentists the ability to effectively address a wide range of concerns in patients of all ages. Dr. Ayzin may recommend metal braces for a more complex bite or jaw structure concern that clear aligners would not be able to successfully treat.
Metal braces: what to expect
The first step is a full evaluation of your teeth and gums followed by dental impressions which are used in creating your unique and personalized treatment plan.
Metal braces are permanently secured to your teeth using a special adhesive cement and will remain in place until removed by us at the completion of treatment. Metal brackets and wires will be visible but offer us the ability to carefully and effectively move teeth and realign the bite to address your dental health problems.
Patients will need to avoid certain types of foods and should maintain a daily oral hygiene routine that includes brushing and flossing. It is also important to thoroughly rinse the mouth after eating to avoid having food particles trapped in the brackets which can lead to decay and tooth staining. Things to avoid while wearing braces can include:
- Sticky foods such as certain types of candy and snack bars.
- Biting hard into fruits and other foods can dislodge or break the archwire or brackets.
- Whitening toothpaste can cause coloration around the attached brackets and is best saved for after completing your treatment to avoid the appearance of stained teeth.
The length of your treatment with metal braces is dependent upon the dental health and cosmetic goals for your smile. On average patients wear braces for about 2 years. Once complete, a retainer is to be worn nightly to maintain your results and the beauty of your new smile. It is also important to protect your smile when participating in contact sports with a sports mouthguard. Dr. Ayzin can create a custom sports mouthguard that will fit comfortably and offer superior protection for your teeth and your investment in your smile.
For a more discreet treatment option using a metal archwire, ceramic brackets can be placed to minimize the appearance of braces. Ceramic braces still offer the flexibility and control that traditional metal braces do, but improve aesthetics and are often a good choice for older teens and adult patients. The ceramic material is a bit more fragile and not recommended for more severe cases where a higher level of stress is being placed on the teeth and brackets by the archwire.
In addition to the common food restrictions recommended for metal braces, it is best to avoid dark-colored foods and beverages when wearing ceramic braces as they can become stained over time.