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Braces Smile

Orthodontics

Achieve a straighter, healthier smile with our expert orthodontic services. Whether you're a teen or an adult, we offer personalized orthodontic treatment plans tailored to your unique needs. From traditional braces to clear aligners, our experienced orthodontists will guide you through every step of your journey to a beautifully aligned smile. Saban Dental offers several types of orthodontic appliances aimed addressing aesthetic and/or therapeutic concerns regarding imperfect positioning of teeth. Contact us today to find out how we can help. 

Invisalign

Invisalign has been out in the market since 1997 and has since gained its popularity due to the “invisibility” of the orthodontic appliance. An Invisalign treatment involves a set of aligners which are basically clear trays that promotes teeth movement; these aligners serve the same purpose as the wires used in the traditional metal braces. Saban Dental offers Invisalign, a clear alternative to traditional wire braces. Contact us today to find out how we can help. 

At what age is best to start Invisalign Treatment?

Invisalign is often recommended for young adults and onwards. Since Invisalign is not permanently bonded to your teeth surfaces, there is a potential for losing aligners which can be costly to replace. Once the dentist has come to a diagnosis, a customized treatment plan will be generated using computer simulations.

Is it painful?

As with any other orthodontic appliances, discomfort is expected. You will be required to switch out your aligners to a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks. You may experience discomfort with new set of aligners as they aim to promote further teeth movement to their new position. However, the discomfort will not last more than two days. Advil and/ or Tylenol also help to alleviate pain associated with Invisalign. If you are experiencing extreme pain (which is very rare), please give us a call right away!

How many visits to the dental office?

You may be asked to come back once a month in the beginning of the Invisalign treatment for the dentist to assess and monitor the progression of teeth movement. It may be once every two months; it depends on each individual’s treatment progression.

Do Invisalign require special maintenance?

Invisalign not only requires special maintenance but also responsibility. Invisalign aligners are easy to misplace and lose. In contrast to the traditional metal braces where brackets are permanently bonded to hold the wire in place without an option to remove, Invisalign aligners are removable. Aligners should be taken out of the mouth when eating, drinking, chewing gum and/or smoking. You should brush your teeth before placing the aligners back in your mouth to prevent cavities from developing. Also note that Invisalign aligners should be switched to a new set of aligners every two weeks to promote advancement of teeth movement. A set of aligners are strictly required to be placed in your mouth at least 20 hours a day.

Dental Braces

Traditional Wire Braces

Traditional wire braces are metal braces where metal “brackets” are bonded to your teeth surfaces. This is the most common yet noticeable type of braces. Once metal brackets are bonded to your teeth using special bond, a metal wire will be placed to initiate movement of teeth towards their desired placement over a period of time. Length of time varies from patient to patient depending on the severity of teeth misalignment.

At what age is best to start orthodontics?

The most ideal time for braces is once baby teeth have been shed and all of adult teeth have fully grown out. However, a child as young as 7-years old is recommended to come in an orthodontic consultation. This consultation allows the dentist to assess the child’s teeth development pattern and create a treatment plan accordingly.

Is it painful?

While braces-related discomfort is expected and not uncommon, discomfort is usually experienced at the time of initial braces placement or when wire is replaced to a new wire to promote further movement. Level of pain depends on the individual patient’s pain threshold. You can take Advil or Tylenol, as needed, if the pain is unbearable (can also take it as a preventative measure). It is advisable to be on a soft-food diet on the first two days of initial braces placement if you are experiencing difficulties chewing.

How many visits to the dental office?

Because braces are usually in place for at least six months, it is crucial to return to the dental office for regular check up appointments to avoid delayed progress and hence extended duration of orthodontic process. Please be advised that you will be required to make several visits for the dentist to assess the orthodontic progression, and to replace wires as needed. It is also important to get regular scaling done as food easily gets caught between the braces; this allows for bacteria buildup and has creates a favorable environment for cavities and gum disease to develop.

Do braces require special maintenance?

Brackets that are bonded to your teeth and wire create small gaps, which promote food buildup that can lead to bacteria accumulation. This is why making a habit of routine flossing and brushing at home is extremely important to keep your teeth from developing cavities. Once cavities are developed, not only will it disturb the structural integrity of your enamel, the dentist may have to remove the wire to gain access to the area of cavity. This requires extra work which, in turn, may be costly. Such cases can easily be prevented by practicing home oral hygiene routine and regular visits to the dental office for cleaning.

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