What Are Braces and How Do They Work?
Braces are an orthodontic appliance that gently restores your bite to its proper position. These appliances gradually move your teeth and bite into an ideal shape. There are many types of braces that can involve different appliances — like low-profile brackets, archwires, or even clear aligners — they all operate using the same principle of applying gentle pressure. Over time the consistent pressure moves the bite into a more conventional alignment.
It generally takes one to three years to achieve a straighter smile. Once you’ve completed treatment wearing a retainer will help you keep your smile in its ideal position.
Benefits of Braces Treatment
There are so many benefits to braces treatment. In addition to having less crowded teeth, our patients enjoy a fuller smile, balanced facial harmony, and smoother cheek contours. This refined facial structure gives you a more youthful and relaxed appearance.
But there are way more benefits of braces treatment than esthetic concerns.
Many people do not realize that misaligned, crooked, or crowded teeth are harder to clean. Uneven teeth are more likely to trap food particles and other debris. Trapped food leads to plaque buildup, which leads to many harmful problems like gum disease and tooth decay. Braces can help you avoid a lot of costly and time-intensive problems.
Investing in your orthodontic health helps you achieve a brighter, healthier smile. Schedule a complimentary appointment to learn more about the perks of braces treatment.
Types of Braces Offered at DiCiccio Freeman Orthodontics
Clear aligners are one of the biggest innovations in braces treatment. These thin clear aligners fit comfortably over your teeth and disappear into your smile. This innovative system lets you transform your smile by wearing clear aligners for 20-22 hours a day. We offer Invisalign and Spark clear aligners for your smile.
Damon® Braces utilize a revolutionary self-ligating bracket system that works to straighten your teeth around the clock. These braces use low-profile components to create a more comfortable alternative to traditional metal braces. Patients with Damon braces enjoy a more discreet braces treatment with fewer in-office appointments.
Damon Clear Braces
Damon Clear Braces use the same tried-and-true bracket and wire system as their metal counterpart Damon Braces. However, Damon Clear Braces come in a clear finish that blends into your smile. These durable, clear ceramic brackets stand up to anyone's demanding schedule.
Who is a Good Candidate for Braces?
Having a misaligned bite affects kids and adults negatively. The good news is: that no matter where you are in life’s journey, you can reap the rewards of braces treatment.
Here are some signs that your bite could benefit from orthodontic treatment:
- Crooked and crowded teeth
- Gapped or spaced out teeth
- Overbite or underbites
- Missing teeth
- Headaches/facial pain
Braces for Adults
Modern advancements in the types of braces treatment mean that it's easier than ever to improve your smile discreetly. We have helped many people throughout the communities of Fresno, and Clovis get lasting results with braces. Keep these things in mind as you consider braces as an adult:
- No two people have the same needs
- You will need to continue getting dental cleaning with your dentist
- Some people may need to have additional work to fix their dental concerns before starting treatments
- You will need to avoid certain foods during treatment
Braces For Kids
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child see an orthodontic specialist by the time they are seven years old, well before all their adult teeth have emerged. Nowadays, more and more parents are opting to start braces treatment during childhood because early treatment can help correct bites and tooth positions that may damage the permanent teeth.
How to Clean And Care For Braces
Cleaning and caring for your braces is a crucial part of your treatment. Adding simple steps to your existing oral hygiene routine, like brushing after every meal, will help you lock in the best possible results.
We will explain how to care for your braces during your first appointment.
How Much Do Braces Cost?
At DiCiccio Freeman Orthodontics, we don't think anything should stand between you and the smile you've always wanted. That's why our treatment coordinators will work with you to find a payment plan that makes sense for you.
Additionally, we accept PPO insurances and provide financing through OrthoFi. We make it easy for you not to choose between your wallet and quality treatment.