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Braces for Adults

Adults are increasingly seeking orthodontic treatment to improve their smiles. Because adults are usually more compliant in their orthodontic treatment, their results are often far more significant than those of a child or a teen. Orthodontic treatment is intended to improve the appearance of your smile as well as the health of your teeth and gums. If your teeth are crowded or overlapping, you may be unable to reach those areas, putting you at risk of severe tooth decay, gum and bone loss, uneven wear of tooth enamel, and possible TMJ/TMD pain. Recent advancements in traditional braces have resulted in brackets that are smaller, more robust, more efficient, and less visible. The most common braces are those with metal brackets; however, clear and tooth-colored ceramic and plastic brackets are now available.

Clear Braces

Clear "clear" braces and tooth-colored ceramic brackets are an attractive alternative to metal braces.

There is no difference in quality between transparent braces today and traditional brackets and wires.

ClearCorrect

For those who loathe metal braces, we have a solution for you.

ClearCorrect is the clear and simple choice. No wires. No brackets. Just clear, convenient comfort, every reason to smile.

With ClearCorrect, your dentist or orthodontist can straighten your teeth using a series of clear, custom, removable aligners. Each aligner moves your teeth just a little bit at a time until you eventually get straight teeth.

How does it work?

You and your doctor will examine your teeth and discuss any issues or objectives you have for your smile. Once you and your dentist have determined that ClearCorrect is the best treatment choice for you, your doctor will take impressions, photographs, and x-rays of your teeth, which ClearCorrect will use to manufacture your personalized aligners. Then, your doctor prepares a prescription for your personalized aligners and sends it to ClearCorrect.

What can it do?

ClearCorrect is capable of treating a wide range of abnormalities that prevent people from reaching their ideal smiles. Straighter teeth not only look better, but they also function better. Teeth that are misaligned might cause problems with biting function, wear out faster, and are more prone to cavities. Inquire with your doctor about how ClearCorrect might assist you.

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Conventional Braces

Braces are a set of bonded brackets, archwires, and elastic bands that reposition crooked or spaced teeth into the right position for both appearance and function.

If steady, mild pressure is applied to the teeth, they will gradually move over time. For each tooth, brackets and elastic bands are connected to the front surface of the tooth. The elastic band softly transfers the wire's small stress to the bracket.

In today's world, orthodontic treatment is more convenient, less invasive, and more appealing than ever before.

Why is Orthodontic Headgear Used?

Orthodontic headgear is used to help treat severe bite abnormalities. Headgear is fitted to dental braces. Attached to the braces, the headgear serves as a support system for the head. It is designed to prevent or treat overbite by halting the growth of the upper jaw and moving posterior teeth distally. The type that is attached to the forehead corrects or prevents an underbite by mediating the upper teeth. There are two different headgears, one to correct overbite (cervical headgear) and one to treat underbites (reverse headgear).

The Invisalign Process

  1. Treatment Plan

    We will thoroughly analyze your teeth and take exact radiographs to assess their health. This will help us to identify how to optimally place your teeth throughout the Invisalign treatment, step by step.
  2. Custom Aligners

    A high-tech Invisalign facility creates a sequence of transparent Invisalign aligners depending on the individual needs of your case.
  3. Wear A New Aligner Every 2 Weeks

    The precise period between changing aligners will vary depending on your unique condition, but in general, you will wear your aligners every day (roughly 20-22 hours a day) and begin wearing the next set of aligners every two weeks.
  4. It's Time for the Big Reveal.

    Congratulations, you have now obtained the gorgeous straight smile you desired throughout the last days of using your last aligner! YES, IT IS POSSIBLE. Call Santa Clara Dental at 408-280-7070 and let us show you how Invisalign may work for you..

Invisalign Adult

Invisalign is almost undetectable.

  • Inconspicuous in social or business situations.
  • You won't have to worry about metal wires or bands irritating your mouth.
  • Most people will not know you are using aligners.

Invisalign has helped over one million patients, many of them are adults. Invisalign provides the clinical outcomes that individuals need, all while wearing a removable appliance that is almost unnoticeable when used. It is an excellent answer for the vast majority of grownups.

Invisalign Teen

Invisalign Teen is the only clear orthodontic aligner therapy designed to address the unique concerns of treating non-adult comprehensive patients. Because aligners are removable, patients can continue to eat their favorite foods and brush and floss, as usual, to help keep their teeth and gums healthy.

Invisalign Teen > includes all of the benefits of Invisalign Full, plus:

  • Compliance indicators track the patient's approximate wear time and help provide reassurance for parents that the teen is being compliant.
  • Six free individual replacement aligners are included with Invisalign Teen to replace lost or broken aligners.
  • Many teens present for treatment with erupting permanent dentition, so Invisalign Teen has been engineered with a feature to help prevent supra eruption of the second molars.
Closing Gaps

When closing a diastema (gap between teeth), differing amounts of movement of the two teeth is often needed. In this application, coil springs are placed to the side of each tooth. An arch wire acts as a guide and keeps the teeth from tipping as the space is closed.

Misaligned Bite

Class I - A malocclusion where the bite is okay and the top teeth line up with the bottom teeth, but the teeth are crooked, crowded or turned.

Over Bite

Class II - A malocclusion where the upper teeth stick out past the lower teeth commonly referred to as an "over bite," "over jet," "deep bite" or "buck teeth."

Under Bite

Class III - A malocclusion where the lower teeth stick out past the upper teeth called an "under bite".

Open Bite

Anterior open bite refers to a condition in which the top and bottom front teeth are not in contact (they do not touch each other when the patient bites). The origins of open bites can be traced to habits that patients have or had in the past and occasionally to discrepancies between the sizes of the jaws. Since most open bites in children are associated to an existing habit, treatment usually addresses the habit itself and is most effective when done at an early age. Many appliances are available for treating this condition, and your dentist will discuss in detail the risks and benefits of treating an open bite in children.

Posterior Cross Bite

A posterior cross bite can appear at an early age; and depending on its cause (mal-positioned teeth or misaligned jaws,) treatment may be warranted early. It can involve one or both sides of the molar area and in some cases it can cause a "shift" of the bite. Many appliances are available for treating the condition. Your dentist will discuss in detail the risks and benefits of treating a posterior cross bite.

Palatal Expander

A palatal expander is an appliance placed in the roof of the mouth to widen the upper dental arch, which allows the arch to be painlessly separated and spread. A treatment used for younger patients. Many times a palatal expander can be used to create a proper alignment of the arches, so permanent teeth have room to erupt in a natural position. Often, the use of an arch expander early may eliminate the need for braces later.

Space Maintainer

A space maintainer is a removable or fixed appliance designed to maintain an existing space. They are usually fitted to children when they have lost baby teeth early. The gap left from losing this tooth needs to be held open for the permanent tooth to erupt in its correct position.

Spring Digitalizer

This appliance is indicated when one molar (an erupting six-year molar) is caught under the edge of a primary second molar. The appliance features a wire spring which is attached to the erupting molar and to the second molar. The spring provides the force to move the erupting molar into proper position.

Spring Hawley Retainer

After completing orthodontic therapy, it is not uncommon to still need a little fine tuning of tooth alignment. This is particularly true in patients who have undergone extensive orthodontic therapy and are simply "burned out."

This retainer is useful in correcting minor rotations and crowding. When worn, the spring action of the wires provide a light force to align the teeth. The appliance is constructed to the "ideal" setting and the patient's teeth adapt to their new position.

Twin Block (overbite treatment)

The orthodontic Twin Block for overbite treatment is a removable functional appliance consisting of two bite blocks (twin blocks), upper and lower, that are designed to interlock at 70 degrees in such a manner that the mandible (lower jaw) is held in a more protrusive position. Over time, the repositioning of the lower jaw forward eliminates the overbite (horizontal projection of upper teeth beyond the lower teeth). When treatment with the Twin Block is complete, teeth in the upper and lower jaws will interact normally.

Orthodontic FAQs

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child receive an initial orthodontic examination as early as age 7. The timing of orthodontic treatment is extremely important and greatly affects the treatment result. Early diagnosis and treatment by a specialist can help prevent more serious problems.

How much do braces cost?

Every mouth is different. There is no standard fee. The doctor needs to do an exam to evaluate orthodontic needs on an individual basis.

Does Orthodontic Treatment hurt?

There may be a little discomfort after adjustments, but Tylenol or Advil can usually remedy any discomfort.

Why do you need braces if teeth are straight but the bite is off?

Orthodontics isn't only for pretty teeth. A good, healthy bite helps eliminate other health problems in later years. It also helps save teeth from wearing.

How long do I have to wear my braces?

We let our patients know their estimated completion date and let them know that if they miss or reschedule appointments, don't wear their elastics, and do not cooperate, it will take longer.

How long do I have to wear my retainers?

For the first year you need to wear them all day and all night. After that, retainer wear depends on your individual treatment and the difficulty in holding the teeth in your corrected position.

What is a bite plate?

A bite plate helps to correct a deep bite and it keeps you from biting into your lower braces.

Can the fee for Orthodontic Treatment be financed?

Yes, there are several different payment options. See our "Payment and Insurance" link for more details.

Do I continue to see my Dentist for regular visits during Orthodontic Treatment?

Yes, you will need to continue to see your dentist for regular checkups.

How long is full Orthodontic Treatment?

Treatment is 18-30 months, depending on the difficulty of the case and amount of treatment needed.

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