Do Braces Always Work?

happy friendsSome patients who are getting ready for braces may still wonder if treatment will work for them. Every patient is different, but all can count on receiving major improvements from orthodontics. Here is more about why this is true and some specifics on how well orthodontics will work for you.

Orthodontics Always Work

The efficacy of orthodontic treatment has been shown repeatedly over decades. Some patients have mild bite irregularities, while others have severe orthodontic problems, but bite correction works for all of them. No matter how crooked your teeth are right now, you can count on healthier, better-looking teeth after treatment.

How Will Your Teeth Look?

Preview images have reduced some of the uncertainty that many patients feel at the outset of orthodontic treatment, but there is still no way to know exactly how the teeth will look afterwards. While the basic proper positions of teeth are similar, the end results that patients enjoy remain unique to them.

The changes that orthodontics brings can be amazing. With straighter teeth, patients tend to gain greater confidence and lower dental costs. By scheduling a consultation with our dentists in San Fernando Valley, you can find out how well orthodontic treatments can address your goals.

Invisalign vs. Braces

happy friendsMany patients discover upon their consultation appointment that they are a candidate for more than one orthodontic appliance. Invisalign and braces are most commonly available for patients with basic and uncomplicated orthodontic issues. You might be a candidate for both braces and Invisalign if your smile features mild to moderate cases of spacing issues and crooked teeth. There are some important factors of each option to consider before choosing.

Potential patients should be aware that there are several steps for Invisalign. You will receive a few aligners at a time to wear in order. They will apply pressure to the teeth and push them into position. Aligners can be removed in order to eat, drink liquid other than water, and clean the teeth and the appliance itself. They typically need to be worn for about two weeks at a time. Patients must return to our dentist every four to six weeks in order to check progress.


Unlike Invisalign aligners, braces cannot be removed for the patient, and are bonded to the teeth until treatment is over. Where Invisalign pushes the teeth together, braces use wires to pull them into place. Patients return to our dentist about once every four weeks for the wires to be tightened.

If you are debating Invisalign vs. braces, our dentist can help you determine which is best for you and your orthodontic needs.

What is Having Braces Like?

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Getting orthodontic treatment is a big life moment for many. While some more modern appliances are available, some patients have complications that will be best treated with braces. This is both because they are a very direct way of straightening teeth, and because they have been used for so long that dentists know how to use them best.

After an initial consultation appointment wherein braces are determined as the best choice, the patient will return to have them placed. This process typically takes about one to two hours. The teeth will be cleaned first, and then a dental bonding material is applied before the brackets are placed. The arch wire is threaded through each bracket, and held in place by small rubber bands on the brackets.

Having the braces may be difficult and uncomfortable at first. The teeth will be affected by the pressure, and the brackets may rub against the inside of your mouth. Our San Francisco cosmetic dentist will supply you with wax you can place to minimize this pain. Be sure to avoid the foods our dentist has warned you about in order to keep your teeth and braces safe and clean.

Patients must return every two to three weeks to have their wires tightened. This is to add pressure to the teeth in order to get them into healthier spaces. Once they are removed, you will be given a retainer to wear to keep the teeth from moving back to their original spots.

Damon Braces and What You Need to Know

Young black woman with braces

Patients who have has or currently have traditional metal braces are very familiar with their structure. They are comprised of metal brackets and wires that work together to push the teeth into position. Every few weeks, patients must return to their orthodontist or cosmetic dentist in San Francisco to have their wires tightened, which adds pressure and helps the teeth move further into place. Damon braces uses a revolutionary new model to eliminate this inconvenient step.

Damon braces are self-ligating, which means the wires are able to move on their own as the teeth align. The brackets are built with a simple slide mechanism that eliminates the need for tightening appointments. This also means that the brackets are smaller, and therefore much less noticeable than the brackets of traditional braces. Our Damon braces dentist in San Francisco can even use clear or tooth-colored material so the appliance is even less conspicuous.

Other than these features, Damon braces work very similarly to traditional braces. They are able to address a wide variety of orthodontic issues, ranging from mild to severe. These issues include:

• Crooked teeth
• Protruding teeth
• Rotated teeth
• Gaps
• Crowding
• Open bites and crossbites
• Overbites and underbites

Contact us for more information.