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If You Don't Want Traditional Metal Braces, What Are the Other Options?

If you are feeling slightly leery about getting traditional braces, you are not alone. Many people have some reservations because of the anticipated discomfort and perhaps the attention that the metal brackets will bring from others. Discretion and convenience are some valid concerns. Fortunately, you do have some other options for braces if traditional brackets are not your cup of tea. Here is some information about your care choices:

The Orthodontist's Prowess 

Many alternative options for braces exist for teeth straightening practices, but one of the most important factors to determine is the orthodontist's skill level. The specialist that you choose will have a greater bearing on your treatment's success than the actual appliance or product. The most reliable orthodontist has years of successful experiences and a transparent way of conducting business. In other words, you will not feel like you're in the dark about any aspect of treatment. Additionally, the provider will have certification in the latest teeth alignment correction processes. You'll have a choice of several methods that experts are using to date.

The Benefits of Metal Braces 

First, let us say that traditional brackets are still an excellent choice for you if you have teeth alignment issues. One of the main reasons that the customers still value traditional braces is that they are still one of the sturdiest choices. They're a great option if you are seeking lasting results and a minimal amount of time wearing retainers and such. Additionally, conventional metal braces have a middle-ground price range and have proven themselves as an effective product.

Lingual Braces 

One of the options for braces that you may like is the option to have lingual braces installed onto your teeth. Lingual braces are very close to traditional brackets except they go in the back of your teeth rather than the front of your teeth. Many people love them because they provide a level of discretion and the strength of the conventional option.

Ceramic Braces 

Ceramic braces are another idea for you to consider. They are crafted of porcelain materials but will still have a metal archwire. Some patients elect the frosted archwire because it's more inconspicuous than the silver one is. Ceramic braces will give you a certain level of discretion. They are hardly noticeable and will become more unnoticeable as you move away from the people around you. The best part about them is that they are teeth colored and can blend in with your smile. Many people enjoy ceramic braces because of the slightly cosmetic appeal.

Damon Braces 

The Damon braces system is another option that is becoming more popular every day. A specialist named Dwight Damon invented the system, and his goal was to provide a higher level of comfort and convenience for orthodontic patients. The characteristic that makes these braces highly unique is their self-ligation ability. Damon braces do not need to have elastics because their brackets have a sliding door system. Patients who have this system do not have to go to the specialists to have their brackets tightened because the system does most of the work already. Some people have said they have experienced more comfort with this system than with conventional braces, as well. They are slightly smaller in size than traditional braces are, so they have more room in their mouths to avoid friction and scraping.

Invisalign 

Invisalign is one of the most popular alternatives of teeth alignment treatment on the market. If you want a high level of discretion, this may be your best option. This system consists of a series of removable plastic aligners that have a clear consistency. The beauty of Invisalign is that no one can see that you are receiving treatment for an issue. You can keep your treatment between you and your orthodontist if you like. The other benefit of Invisalign is that you can remove the aligners so that you can clean your teeth, eat and drink your favorite beverages. You only have to wear your aligners for 22 out of the 24 hours in the day. This system is best if you have problems that are on the less severe end of the alignment problem spectrum.

How Is Invisalign Different from Traditional Braces? Beecroft Orthodontics

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Incognito 

The incognito system is another system that you might want to try if you want to maintain a high level of discretion. The name of the system alone is enough to entice many people into inquiring about it. This unique system uses a concept that is similar to the lingual braces, but they have more of an aesthetic appeal. They go on the back of the teeth for discretion purposes, and the specialists create them with advanced computerized technology so that they fit perfectly.

WildSmiles 

Would you consider taking a trip on the wild side of orthodontic care? WildSmiles is a repair system that is primarily for the younger generation, but anyone can opt to try it. Instead of getting square brackets and braces, the patient can choose from a variety of fun shapes, colors, and sizes. Selecting this method of alignment correction is similar to choosing a fashion trend. Friends, family members, and prospective patients will be astonished by all that they can receive from this system. Wearing a fun set of brackets can make a person feel more relaxed about the treatment process itself.

Your First Experience 

Your experience at the orthodontist will start with an examination. You may have to take some X-rays and then you will have a physical examination as well as the interpretation of your X-rays. The prospective orthodontist will then try to come up with an effective plan to resolve your teeth alignment issue. You can then choose the best options for yourself and then the orthodontist will start crafting the appropriate appliances.

Schedule Your Consultation Today 

Are you ready to start putting your smile back together? All right. If you would like to do that, then the first step that you should take is making a phone call to Beecroft Orthodontics. Beecroft is a highly professional group of experts who draw from each other's expertise to provide you with top-notch orthodontic treatment. You can sift through the professional gallery and then call 548-898-2200 to schedule an appointment. 

If You Don't Want Traditional Metal Braces, What Are the Other Options?

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11113 Leavells Rd. Fredericksburg, VA 22407

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What Can I Do About My Slanted Teeth?

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One of the first things a person will notice about you is your smile. A beautiful smile can give an individual a confidence boost, or a slanted smile can give an individual a feeling of self consciousness. If you are suffering from a slanted smile, there are many different types of braces available to help you fix it.

LAST UPDATED: OCTOBER 31, 2017

FAQ

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are a great option for busy moms who are living their life to the fullest and do not want anyone to know they are currently undergoing teeth corrections. Lingual braces King George has to offer are actually hidden behind each tooth, and therefore are very discreet. These types of braces are also individually formed for your mouth and offer a close contact, personalized feel that makes it a feasible option for many different types of individuals.

Lingual braces are also a great option for:

  • Professionals who do not wish to have metal braces showing
  • Musicians that are involved with wind instruments
  • Athletes who are involved in contact sports
  • Individuals who are actively modeling
  • Individuals in the field of acting

Invisalign

Invisalign is another great option to fix slanted teeth. Invisalign is a form of realignment tool that uses a series of clear aligners to re-adjust your teeth. Since the aligners are clear, no one has to know that you are currently wearing them, so you can carry on with your normal life and not be self conscious.

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Many great benefits of Invisalign include:

  • Removable
  • No hassle during teeth brushing or eating
  • Comfortable
  • Clear and discreet
  • Causes no abrasions as some metal options do
  • Often takes less time to correct the issue than traditional types of braces

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are another discreet option for correcting your slanted teeth. Ceramic braces are much like traditional, metal braces, except that ceramic braces blend to the color of your teeth. Ceramic braces are more often used on adults than on children due to the fact that adults are often more concerned about cosmetics than children are.

Minor disadvantages of ceramic braces:

  • Much more brittle than metal braces
  • Larger than metal braces
  • Require closer attention to personal hygiene

Although ceramic braces do have minor disadvantages, there are also several advantages to these types of braces. These advantages include:

  • Nearly invisible while on the teeth
  • Much more comfortable that older, more traditional sets of braces
  • No worries of having to remember to wear as with Invisalign
  • Better oral hygiene practices typically become a habit

If you are in the market to fix your slanted teeth, visit our website or give one of our friendly professionals at Beecroft Orthodontics a call today. You can also visit our website for braces before and after pictures to see the results that you too can get. We can get you on the right path to have that beautiful smile you have always wished for.

Beecroft Orthodontics 10472 Georgetown Dr, Fredericksburg, VA22553 Phone: 540 898 2200

What Can I Do About My Slanted Teeth?

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Changing Orthodontists during Active Treatment

Orthodontics LAST UPDATED: MARCH 28, 2017

Is it Possible for a Patient to Change Orthodontists?

You may not think about it before you get braces, but it may become a question you need to address. What if you need to change orthodontists?

FAQ

Why do you need to change orthodontists?

The number one reason people change orthodontists is they are moving. We live in an area where there’s a fairly large military community, and a lot of people move in and out. Sometimes these moves are unexpected and the kids or adults are in the middle of orthodontic treatment. Or, they’ll come from one office in another part of the country to a different one. So, “yes,” it is possible to change orthodontists.

What’s involved in the situation?

It will be harder when you see two or three orthodontists during the course of your treatment because orthodontists’ techniques are often different. Regardless of how things flow, it’s always not as effective when there’s more than one orthodontist working on a patient. With that being said, the American Association of Orthodontics came up with a system that works well, providing forms that address exactly where patients were at the beginning of treatment. Most offices will provide you your initial records, the initial treatment plan and reason for treatment.

How would the payments work out?

Another form offers suggestions on how the initial orthodontist would complete treatment, steps he would take, and how much time is left for the remainder of the treatment. There’s also a financial form.

Usually there’s a formula to calculate how much money you’ve put down with the first orthodontist and how much money the insurance paid out. This way the next orthodontist knows what’s left in the financial contract and can help smooth things out.

But, despite the best efforts of both parties to ensure a smooth transition, there can be hiccups. Is the second orthodontist comfortable using the appliances the first orthodontist used? Every orthodontist is different and there are many different types of braces and appliances that deliver similar results. But, orthodontists are trained differently and more comfortable using one appliance over another. So, before moving, ask if the next orthodontist uses the braces you have. Or, do you have an appliance in your mouth, to correct your bite? Ask if the orthodontist is comfortable using that appliance. These are good things to know before you go.

Unfortunately, most people will pay more for treatment than they would normally due to the up-front costs associated with orthodontists. Initially, you pay more upfront to the orthodontist. Then, you see the second orthodontist longer than you would if you had just continued with the first orthodontist. Unfortunately, the transition is never 100 percent efficient. So, you pay more.

What are some other reasons you might change orthodontists?

If you plan to move, plan accordingly. Even though moving is the main reason for switching orthodontists, every once in a while, patients switch orthodontists because they’re unhappy. That’s more of a difficult transition, due to the situation. Usually, you deal with professionals that transfer the records and can expect the process mentioned earlier. So, regardless of the reason of changing orthodontists, look for orthodontists that use the same appliances, the same braces you have, and ensure they are comfortable using them. Then, your treatment will go as efficiently and smoothly as possible, despite the change in offices.

A young female patient came in a few weeks ago after calling two to three orthodontists. She knew what type of braces she had, but the other orthodontists told her they weren't comfortable with the type. They advised they may need to take her braces off and put different ones on to ensure everything goes smoothly. Obviously, when you have braces on, you don’t want to replace them in the middle of your treatment when it’s unnecessary. When she came in, I assured her I was comfortable using the braces she had. Although, they aren’t the main type of braces we use, I was trained with them. And, her treatment’s gone smoothly.

Before switching orthodontists, always ask yourself if you’re comfortable at that office. And, remember, if you ask the right questions--expect a smoother transition.

At Beecroft Orthodontics we welcome new patients that have moved to the local area. If you are already based in the local area and are using a local orthodontist, it will most likely be case dependent.

For more information, questions and advice, contact Beecroft Orthodontists. We are always happy to help.

Beecroft Orthodontics, 10472 Georgetown Dr Fredericksburg ,

Virginia Phone: 540-898-2200

Changing Orthodontists during Active Treatment

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