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Braces Bixby Knolls, CA

But the term “braces” is an umbrella term for several orthodontic services. When you visit Orthodontics of Bixby Knolls, our orthodontic team will determine which treatment options will serve your needs best. We’ll also take the time to get your input regarding which braces you want to wear while undergoing orthodontic treatment.

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What Are Braces in Bixby Knolls?

Braces are dental tools that help correct malocclusion issues. They can help correct:

  • Gaps in between other teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Overjet
  • Open bites
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When discussing braces, your North Long Beach orthodontist will likely give you two main options: Braces and Invisalign clear aligners. There are several types of braces that we offer. To determine which option will work best for you, we’ll take into consideration the following:

  • The type of malocclusion you have
  • The need for adjunct treatments
  • The complexity of your case
  • How long you’ll need to undergo treatment
  • How quickly you’d like to finish the treatment

Traditional Metal Braces

The most well-known braces option is traditional metal braces, which consist of three components:

  • Brackets: Brackets are bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth. Each bracket has a space in the middle where the archwire fits.
  • Archwire: The archwire is what guides the teeth into their proper positions.
  • Rubber bands: Small bands go around each bracket to hold the archwire in place.

Metal brackets are typically made of stainless steel, though some are made of titanium and chrome. The archwire is made of stainless steel or a type of titanium.

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Porcelain Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are also known as clear braces because the brackets are made of tooth-colored porcelain. The archwire is made of stainless steel, titanium, or a metallic that can be color coated to match the natural shade of the patient’s teeth. The rubber bands can also be clear or white, though some patients have fun with clear braces and fun-colored bands.

What About Clear Aligners Like Invisalign?

Another orthodontic option from Orthodontics of Bixby Knolls is Invisalign. This system consists of multiple sets of clear aligners. Every few weeks, you wear a new set of aligners, which gently move your teeth into their proper positions. Patients like Invisalign because they’re virtually invisible, easy to care for, and make it easier to eat, speak, and practice good oral hygiene at home.

Can Kids Wear Invisalign Clear Aligners?

In the past, Invisalign clear aligners were for teens and adults. However, Invisalign has launched a new generation of clear aligners called Invisalign First. The new system is just for kids between the ages of six and 10. The goal is to treat orthodontic issues as early as possible, so they’re easier to correct. Early treatment can prevent issues during adulthood and help create predictable orthodontic outcomes.

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How Much Do Braces in Bixby Knolls Cost?

The cost of your braces depends on the orthodontic treatment you choose. The most affordable option is often traditional metal braces. Invisalign clear aligners cost more because of the lab fees and associated materials. The components of porcelain clear braces cost more to make, which increases the cost of treatment.

Will Insurance Pay for Braces in North Long Beach?

Many insurance companies are willing to pay a portion of orthodontic treatment. However, many have limitations about how much they’re willing to pay (they’ll only pay a certain percentage and won’t pay anything past your annual maximum). Others have limitations regarding the patient’s age, being unwilling to pay for any part of orthodontic treatment for patients over the age of 18 years.

Our team is happy to work with your insurance to see what type of benefits you have and how we can fully utilize them. We’ll also work with you to create a payment plan that fits your budget. Don’t forget to ask our team about outside financing options, too.

Are Braces the Best Treatment for Your Occlusion Needs?

If your dentist or North Long Beach orthodontist has recommended orthodontic treatment, which should you choose? It really depends on your needs – though your aesthetic desires are considered, too.

Talk to your orthodontist about whether you’re a good candidate for braces or clear aligners and which would fit your needs best. If you have any concerns about comfort or aesthetics, please don’t hesitate to inform us. We’re happy to work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your dental health and lifestyle requirements.

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Contact Orthodontics of Bixby Knolls for a consultation. Call us at (562) 414-5203 or fill out our online contact form to schedule an appointment.

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