SCOTTS VALLEY, SANTA CRUZ, CA
Thoughts of straightening teeth could bring images of metal or multicolored brackets, wires, and rubber bands many teens wear. You might be an adult that needed braces as a kid or teen but wasn’t able to get them for one reason or another. Fortunately, our Scotts Valley dentists that offer orthodontics provide treatment options that can straighten teeth without the embarrassment of metal wires. Therefore, today on the blog, we share what options are available for fixing crooked, crowded teeth so that you can smile with confidence.
Traditional braces made with metal brackets and wires apply slight pressure to a patient’s teeth to align them, adjust an uneven bite, correcting overbites, underbites, and crossbites. Orthodontic treatment length depends on your age, treatment cooperation, and case complexity. Our dental office in Los Gatos that offers braces for adults has traditional metal brackets, but we also offer a popular option among adults – ceramic braces that blend with your teeth and are more discreet than traditional metal braces.
Orthotropics® treatment is how our skilled dentists in Santa Cruz approach airway preservations and facial growth guidance while focusing on resting oral posture. Suffering from poor resting oral posture can complicate sleeping patterns, cause sleep apnea, or lead to possible cardiovascular problems like a heart attack or stroke. Orthotropics® works to balance the facial profile while correcting oral posture and improving jaw joint health. While this treatment is ideal for younger patients, adults may also benefit from stimulated palatal growth and jaw expansion.
The “Advanced Lightwire Functional” (ALF) appliance uses thin wires within the device to support the cranial bone movement, using osteopathy for guidance. On the other hand, the CROZAT appliance is a sophisticated tool that straightens teeth with very gentle force, guides jawbone development, promotes bone growth, prevents overcrowding, and expands dental arches. In addition, both appliances are removable to make your oral health care routine much more manageable and effective compared to cleaning around metal brackets and wires.
Invisalign® Clear Braces
The most invisible method to straighten teeth is with clear aligner trays. Invisalign® in Scotts Valley requires patients to wear custom-fit aligner trays a minimum of 22 hours a day, only removing them while eating and drinking anything other than water. Then, approximately two weeks later, our Los Gatos dentist that offers Invisalign® will provide a new set of aligners that continue moving the teeth into the desired position. But, of course, treatment length depends on the patient’s case details, like specific dental needs, treatment compliance, and the body’s ability to make adjustments.
Orthodontic Treatment for Adults in Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley, California
Correcting your crooked, crowded teeth may seem impossible and overwhelming to fix with so many available treatments. But, whether one treatment works best or you need a combination of treatments to maximize results, your journey begins with a consultation. Our Santa Cruz family dentists can examine your oral health and determine the best treatment method that results in a perfect smile. Feel free to call Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry at (831) 438-4411 or contact us online for an appointment. Not ready to commit to an appointment? Get a Smile Virtual Consult by uploading your smile selfie and receive unique, customized recommendations to rejuvenate your smile!