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Happy New Year! What is in your 2021 resolutions list? Home improvements, exercise, health, nutrition – but what about your smile? Here’s the thing, a new smile with orthodontic treatment is an investment in your best asset! Did you know that at Aurora Orthodontics, we offer different types of braces to fit our patients’ needs and budgets? Learn about the types of braces options in Aurora!

What Are Orthodontic Treatments and Braces? 

Orthodontics can help diagnose, prevent, and correct irregularities in the jaw and teeth, especially of alignment and occlusion. Braces are the devices used by Orthodontists to straighten and align teeth. However, there is more than one kind of braces.

These are some of the types of braces Aurora Orthodontics offers to patients. 

Types of Braces Options In Aurora

Metal Braces:

Metal braces are the most common braces made from stainless steel, and the brackets are attached to the teeth with the help of dental cement and have slots through which the wire can pass. The elastic ties are required to hold the wire in brackets. 

Pros:

  • Orthodontics treatment can be expensive, yet metal braces are the most cost-effective out of all.
  • They are instrumental in complicated and extreme cases.

Cons:

  • Metal braces are visible.
  • One has to avoid sticky and chewy food items with metal braces.
  • They cannot be removed on your own whenever you want to.

Clear Braces:

Clear braces are similar to metal braces but use clear or tooth-coloured brackets made of ceramic or porcelain, rubber bands, and wires to align the teeth. 

They work the same way metal braces do and provide more discretion than metal braces.

Pros:

  • Compared to metal braces, clear braces are less noticeable.

Cons:

  • Clear braces are bigger.
  • The investment is higher than metal braces.
  • Not suitable for extensive and long-term treatment.

Invisalign®

Invisalign® is an orthodontic treatment that aligns teeth with a set of clear hard plastic aligners instead of traditional braces with brackets and wires.

They are custom made for each patient and crafted based on the 3D model of a patient’s teeth set. Invisalign aligners are removable.

Pros:

  • They are less visible than traditional braces.
  • Without any wires, brackets, and bands, they are relatively comfortable.

Cons:

  • Invisalign can be expensive, but at Aurora Orthodontics, we offer affordable payment options. Ask us more about it!
  • They can be inconvenient. You have to remove the aligners every time you eat and brush your teeth every time before you put the aligners back on.

Lingual:

Lingual braces are close to traditional braces in their mechanism as they also comprise brackets, bands, and wires.

However, lingual braces are planted behind the teeth instead of the front, thus facing the tongue. Their location makes them invisible.

Pros:

  • Lingual braces are practically invisible hence a cosmetic alternative for those who are keen on keeping their treatment discreet.

Cons:

  • Comparatively, lingual braces are expensive.
  • They can cause more discomfort for the tongue of the patient.
  • Lingual braces may affect your speech while you have them on.
  • They might take more time than conventional braces.

Now that you know there are different types of braces – for different needs and budgets, we want to invite you to contact us and discuss which option is best for you. You do not need a referral.

At Aurora Orthodontics, it’s our top priority to provide you with the highest quality orthodontic care in a friendly, comfortable environment.

This New year, give your smile the care it deserves by scheduling an initial consultation at our Aurora Orthodontic office with Dr. Shojaei today! 

 

FEBRUARY 26TH, 2020

 

Are you an adult who is considering getting braces? Perhaps you’ve had them before, but over the years that dental work has been reversed. Or maybe you’ve never had any orthodontic work done, but are considering braces for the first time. In either case, Aurora Orthodontics can help you enjoy straighter teeth, an improved bite, and a more beautiful smile. If you are considering getting braces, here is what you need to know about adult orthodontic work from Dr. Shojaei.

Can braces work for adults?

Absolutely! Braces work for just about anyone. However, there are several different types of braces, and not all of them may work for you. Different types of orthodontic treatments include:

  • Ceramic braces
  • Metal braces
  • Self-ligating brackets
  • Lingual brackets (braces behind the teeth)
  • Invisible braces
  • Rubber bands for bite correction
  • Headgear and other appliances

By scheduling a consultation, we can determine which treatment or combination of treatments would be best for your specific needs.

How do I get started?

Getting braces can be a little bit daunting. At first glance, the process may appear expensive and time-consuming. However, if you take it step by step, getting braces can be a simple and relatively pain-free experience. Here are the first steps you need to take to get on the road to straight teeth:

First, you need information. If you are nervous about getting braces, or are having trouble getting started, learning more about the process can help ease your mind. Here are a few sample questions to ask:

  • What kind of braces do you recommend for my teeth?
  • How long will the treatment take?
  • How often will I need to come in for adjustments?
  • What is the total cost of the treatment? Do you accept insurance? Will you require the full amount up front, or do you have payment plans?

Asking these types of questions will help you understand what to expect during the entire process, which can aid your decision on the proper course of action.

The next step is to complete any prerequisite treatment. During your first meeting with Dr. Shojaei, we’ll need to take some X-rays and molds of your teeth, and then help you determine an appropriate treatment plan. Recommendations may include some preliminary dental work before you get your braces, which can be an important step in making sure your orthodontic treatments are effective.

Once you have completed these steps, you are ready to get started! After you’ve chosen a treatment plan and undergone any necessary prerequisite dental work, you’ll be able to get your braces. Just like that, you’re on your way to a better smile! If you’d like to get started right away, call our Aurora location today!

FEBRUARY 19TH, 2020

One of the greatest advantages to using Invisalign is that it provides maximum results with minimal impact on your everyday life. Invisalign is comfortable, easy to insert, and simple to remove. Because you can remove Invisalign aligners, you can enjoy all your favorite foods and beverages without worries about getting food stuck in the wires and brackets of traditional braces.

Eating and Invisalign

While the aligner is durable and strong, you should remove it before you eat or drink beverages, as the chewing action inside your mouth can break, crack, or distort the aligner. Even minute damage to the Invisalign tray will prevent it from aligning your teeth properly. Furthermore, eating with Invisalign in your mouth can be quite messy.

Beverages and Invisalign

Repeated exposure to hot liquids may also cause the Invisalign aligner to distort. This distortion changes the shape of your aligner in a way that will affect how it straightens your teeth. Contact our Aurora office if your Invisalign aligner has distorted after consuming a hot beverage.

Fluids can settle inside the aligner to “bathe” the teeth. Bathing teeth in acidic fluids can be especially problematic, as the acids can wear away tooth enamel. Exposure to acidic fluids is not normally a problem, as saliva neutralizes and buffers the acid then washes it away. Wearing an aligner, however, prevents the saliva from doing those jobs, increasing your risk for tooth decay.

Colored drinks may also change the color of your teeth. Most discoloration is temporary but stubborn stains may occur.

To prevent discoloration and tooth decay, brush your teeth after every meal or beverage before putting in your Invisalign aligners. If you do not have access to clean water, chew sugar-free gum to remove bacteria, acid, and food particles from your teeth. As a last resort, you may leave your aligners out for an hour or two until you can brush and floss properly. Before inserting Invisalign, rinse the aligner in lukewarm water or use the Invisalign cleaning kit.

Contact our Aurora office for more information about eating and Invisalign.

FEBRUARY 5TH, 2020

Despite the common assumption that braces are for kids, more and more adults are choosing to pursue orthodontics to correct their smiles. Just hearing the word “braces” and picturing a mouth full of metal can cause many grownups to hesitate about getting treatment for a straighter smile.

We’re here to give you the information you need to evaluate your treatment options and make the right choice for yourself. Whatever your personal history, wearing braces as an adult is an excellent way to create the straight, confident smile you’ve always desired.

What are my options?

Recent advances in orthodontic medicine have created numerous options for adults who need braces.

These are best for individuals who have severely crooked teeth or a significant bite problem, or who require other major orthodontic changes. The greatest drawback to wearing metal braces as an adult is the visible appearance of metal and wires.

Clear ceramic braces offer a solution to that, though they cost more. They’re are a good alternative for correcting highly crooked teeth or bite issues. Smoking or drinking red wine, soda, and other dark beverages may stain the adhesive that binds the brackets to your teeth, so you have to commit to being mindful and taking good care of them.

Another popular option for adults who need braces is a clear-aligner treatment, such as with Invisalign®. This system works in a different way from traditional braces by using a series of clear, retainer-like aligners.

In general, the Invisalign process lasts anywhere from three to 18 months. Keep in mind, however, that Invisalign is not as effective as traditional braces in treating bite problems or severe overcrowding.

The prospect of getting braces as an adult can be intimidating, but you should not let your fears prevent you from obtaining the smile of your dreams. A consultation at our Aurora office with Dr. Shojaei will address your concerns and provide more information about the best course of treatment!

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