Century City Smiles & Orthodontics
Dentists & Orthodontics located in Westwood / Century City, Los Angeles, CA
Braces are one of the fastest orthodontic treatment options available, but they tend to stand out in your smile. With clear braces from Shawn Saidian, DDS, and Tania Ohebsion, DDS, at Century City Smiles in Century City, California, you can move your teeth efficiently and enjoy a smile that looks more natural in photos. To compare clear braces with other options for orthodontics, schedule a consultation by calling the Los Angeles office or booking online today.
Clear Braces Q & A
What are clear braces?
Clear braces are an orthodontic treatment option that works in the exact same way as traditional metal braces. The key difference is that the brackets of clear braces are made of a tooth-colored ceramic material that’s harder to see when you smile, at least from a distance.
Like traditional braces, clear braces include a set of brackets (one for each tooth), a wire running through them, and bands. With each visit to Century City Smiles, the team tightens the wire. This causes tension on your teeth to guide them into their new position.
The team is careful to plan your treatment taking factors like your age, treatment goals, and potential complications into consideration. During the planning, they use 3D imaging and X-rays to predict the movement of your teeth.
What can clear braces treat?
Just like traditional metal braces, clear braces can successfully treat a wide range of complications, even those that are severe. You might consider clear braces as an option if you have:
- Open bite
- Crowded teeth
- Wide gaps between teeth
Untreated malocclusion can leave you prone to cavities, tooth wear-and-tear, and other dental issues that are costly and time-consuming to treat.
If braces are your only option because of the severity of your malocclusion, you can wear clear braces and they won’t be immediately visible to others at school, work, or in social settings.
Am I a good candidate for clear braces?
At the beginning of any treatment at Century City Smiles, you must attend a consultation with the team of expert orthodontists and dentists.
During this time, they evaluate your smile and may take images like X-rays and computed tomography (CT) scans for a full view of your jaw. After an evaluation, they can tell you if you’re a good candidate for clear braces.
You might be a good candidate for clear braces if:
- All of your adult teeth have erupted
- You’re finished growing or are close to being finished
- You prefer a more subtle orthodontic option than metal braces
- You want an orthodontic option that works quickly
If you opt for clear braces over metal braces or aligners, you must be careful to avoid staining substances like coffee, dark cola, and tobacco smoke. These substances can stain the ceramic brackets and make them less discreet over time.
You should also avoid whitening toothpastes, which can whiten the ceramic and make it stand out against the shade of your teeth.
Book your consultation for clear braces and other orthodontic options by phone or online at Century City Smiles today.