Orthodontics in Berkeley, CA
Is your jaw misaligned, or are your teeth overcrowded or crooked? If so, Dr. Dailley and our team can help get you started on a life free of these imperfections.
Why Get Braces?
Braces not only beautify your smile, but they also prevent and correct other issues you may be experiencing. Braces are beneficial for nearly every patient regardless of age, and Anthony Dailley, DDS will be guiding you every step of the way.
Braces may decrease your risk for the following:
- Tooth decay
- Oral bacterial infections
- Trouble eating and speaking
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Sleep apnea and snoring
Types of Orthodontic Solutions
Every day there are new advancements being made in orthodontics and more options are available to you:
- Traditional: Made with steel and metal brackets, but stronger and more lightweight than traditional braces used to be.
- Ceramic: Similar to traditional braces, but with a more natural look due to the transparent ceramic material.
- Forsus Appliances: For difficult overbites. An appliance is placed inside the cheek and then attached to the braces.
- Palatal Expanders: For overcrowded teeth.
- Self Ligating: Similar to comprehensive braces, except they do not utilize elastomeric rings or ligature wires.
- InvisalignⓇ: A clear aligner that corrects malocclusion. This is an alternative to the brackets and wires that are typically seen in braces.
If you’re trying to decide which set of braces are right for you, Dr. Dailley can assess your bite and help determine the best choice.
Foods To Avoid
Refraining from eating certain types of foods will improve your outcome with braces. These foods fall into three categories: sticky, hard and crunchy.
- Sticky foods like gummy candy, peanut butter, and gum are easily trapped by the appliance hardware and are hard to clean.
- Hard and crunchy food, such as tough meat, hard raw vegetables, and ice can damage your braces, and even crack your teeth.
Braces for Adults
Did you know, 25 percent of people that wear braces are adults? Thanks to advancements in dentistry, more and more adults are able to correct alignment issues that were not addressed in childhood.
If you are an adult who is considering braces, you may face some challenges:
- Extractions: Previous tooth extraction sites may need to be treated with a routine procedure to add prosthetic bone where an empty pocket may be present.
Compromised oral health: It’s not uncommon for an adult to have mild gingivitis or periodontitis. Don’t worry, we’ll address these concerns before we get started.
- Bone mass: As you age, your bones become harder and less dense which can lead to decreased blood flow at the root of the tooth. It may be more difficult for your mouth as a whole to shift into the right positions.
Caring for Your Braces
In addition to regular brushing and flossing, caring for braces requires some additional care to clean in and around the appliance. Here are a few extra tips to keep in mind:
- Remove the elastic before cleaning, and be sure to gently clean the exposed surfaces of brackets and wires after each meal. Children may require extra guidance as they learn the right techniques.
- Use a floss threader to thoroughly clean under the wires and into the spaces between the teeth.
- Interdental cleaners and an oral irrigation system helps remove a majority of food bacteria and build-up .
- Fluoride is even more necessary with braces.to prevent white spots and cavities.
- If you play sports, make sure to wear a mouthguard to protect your upper and lower teeth arches.
Following the recommended guidelines will help prevent damaging your braces and plaque build-up. Without good oral hygiene practices, dental issues such as periodontal disease, cavities, and bad breath may result.
Frequently Asked Questions about Braces
Do braces hurt?
Getting braces doesn’t hurt, however, there may be some discomfort as you adjust to the new setting.
How are braces put on?
If your back teeth are crowded you may need to start by getting spacers to make sure there is enough space to place the brackets.
Brackets are adhered to the teeth with glue to hold them in place. A band is glued to the molars to anchor the setting. The archwire is then added followed by rubber bands that hold it in place.
How much do braces cost?
The average cost for traditional metal braces is $5,000 to $6,000 and can be as little as $3,000 and as much as $10,000. This cost may vary by insurance and orthodontist.
What do I do if my braces break?
If your braces snap or break, or if any of the hardware comes loose, call us immediately at (510) 848-0114 to schedule an appointment. It’s important to avoid attempting to fix them on your own.
Take Steps Towards a Straighter Smile
Are you ready to achieve a smile that’ll give you the confidence to stand out? Call Dailley Dental Care today at (510) 848-0114 to see how straight teeth and a healthy smile can transform your look. Or you can fill out a convenient contact form and we’ll get back to you soon.