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Will Invisalign Work for Me?

Dr. David Hirsch and the professional team at Aurora Borealis Orthodontics have developed a list of thoughtful questions that help their patients decide if orthodontic treatment with Invisalign in Aurora ON is appropriate for them.

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1. Am I responsible? To be treated effectively with the clear aligner trays, you need to accept the responsibility of caring for the trays. Not only do the Invisalign trays need to be kept clean, but you need to keep track of them while they are not being worn. Because it is removable and clear, they can easily be misplaced or accidentally thrown out. It is important to remember also to put them back in your mouth after eating or brushing. A new set of tray aligners is exchanged for the old set in approximately two-week intervals as part of the course of treatment.

2. How much work do I need done? Typically, it is recommended by orthodontists to patients who do not need extensive or complex orthodontic treatment. Dr. David Hirsch prescribes clear aligners for fixing such conditions as over- or under-bites, overcrowding, gapped teeth, or those with general spacing issues. Raising and lowering teeth or large tooth spacings are typically more effectively treated with traditional braces.

3. Will Invisalign fit into my lifestyle? The clear aligners are virtually invisible to the casual observer, so patients can continue to smile big while being treated. Because it is clear and removable, you can continue to eat the foods you love, unlike the limitations on eating certain foods often associated with treatment with traditional braces. The trays does need to be removed for eating, brushing, flossing, and to clean the trays.

4. What will Invisalign cost in time and money? The course of treatment with the clear aligners is often shorter than treatment with traditional braces. Invisalign treatment typically lasts approximately a year and a half, depending on the patient. Appointments with Dr. David Hirsch while being treated with the aligner trays may be more frequent than with traditional braces, but check-ups are short. Traditional braces typically cost between $1,200 and $3,000 in Aurora ON. Treatment typically costs approximately $3,000 to $5,000. Aurora Borealis Orthodontics can help their patients manage by offering to spread the costs of their treatment over time.

Dr. David Hirsch and the team at Aurora Borealis Orthodontics are experts in Invisalign. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces and clear braces in Aurora ON, Newmarket ON, King ON and Richmond Hill ON or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. David Hirsch contact Aurora Borealis Orthodontics at: (647) 317-5442
Orthodontist: Questions and Answers

Dr. David Hirsch and the team at Forest Hill Village Orthodontics understand that their patients that live in or work near Forest Hill Village ON will have questions about their orthodontic treatment. They take the time to address each patient’s questions or concerns about their treatment and its results.

Orthodontist in Forest Hill Village ON

Q: What kinds of treatment options do I have to get straighter teeth and healthier smile?

A: Your consultation is the best time to ask the doctor which treatment options are available to you that will ensure the best outcome for your individual needs. Dr. David Hirsch will discuss with you your treatment goals and help you learn about the options available to achieve them. Some of your options include: traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces, or alternative treatments such as Invisalign clear aligners.

Q: What Is Invisalign?

A: Invisalign clear aligner trays are an alternative to traditional metal braces. Invisalign is made of a clear thermoplastic material that is customized by Dr. David Hirsch for each patient’s specific needs and treatment goals. When worn, the Invisalign aligner trays exert a gentle pressure on the teeth to help orient them to a new,more effective, and attractive position within the mouth.

Q: What kind of preparation is needed to get braces?

A: It’s always a good idea to ask questions like these to ensure that you’re comfortable with undergoing orthodontic treatment and that it fits conveniently into your schedule and budget. You may find that you need to make just a few changes to your daily routine to have a faster, more successful treatment outcome. During your consultation, Dr. David Hirsch will discuss with you any recommended diet or lifestyle changes so that you’ll be prepared and ready by the time your orthodontic treatment begins.

Q: Should I expect any pain while I have braces?

A: A lot of people who could readily benefit from orthodontic treatment shy away from the idea because they fear it might be a painful process. This is a common concern for many patients, and it’s one that you should talk about with your orthodontics provider. TheForest Hill Village Orthodontics  team will explain exactly what to expect and how to treat any discomfort their patients may experience.

Q: What is the Cost?

A: Your options vary in cost due to the process of fitting and installing the appliance, the type of appliance, the cost of materials, length of treatment, and your orthodontist’s office fees. Many patients of Dr. David Hirsch in Forest Hill Village ON choose these alternative options because the span of treatment may be shorter.

Dr. David Hirsch and the team at Forest Hill Village Orthodontics are experts in orthodontics. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces and clear braces in Aurora, ON and Forest Hill Village, ON or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. David Hirsch contact Forest Hill Village Orthodontics at: (416) 789-1231
Why You Aren’t Too Old To See An Orthodontist

Many adults feel overwhelmed by the thought of having to see an orthodontist and undergo orthodontic treatment. But Dr. David Hirsch believes adult orthodontics is very common. Orthodontics knows no age limit. In fact, statistics have shown that one-in-five patients receiving orthodontic treatment is over 21 years old! Aurora Borealis Orthodontics proudly offers orthodontic services to patients of all ages throughout Aurora, ON.

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1. Teeth shift over time.
If you had braces as a kid and you find that now, as an adult, you need them again, that’s because your teeth shift as you get older, and some people’s teeth move faster and/or more than others. You may be experiencing discomfort caused by a malocclusion, don’t like the look of their misaligned teeth, or want straighter teeth for a new you.

2. There are many available treatment options.
Many adults shy away from orthodontic treatment for fear of how they might look while wearing traditional braces during treatment. Adults often associate the idea of braces with traditional metal appliances; the ones that come with awkward adolescent memories. Aurora Borealis Orthodontics in Aurora ON offers a variety of less obvious and more fashionable orthodontic treatment options than metal braces. These include Invisalign – the clear plastic aligners – and ceramic braces (similar to traditional braces, though clearer and less visible). These two alternatives take the “awkward teenager” concept out of braces and put the “glowing smile” back in.

3. The cost hasn’t changed much.
Cost is important to consider. Depending on how intensive the treatment needs to be, the cost of orthodontic treatment will vary. Often, traditional braces cost $4,000 or more (with some less expensive options also available). Invisalign, or clear braces, will most likely be a bit higher in price (ranging from about $5,000 to a possible $10,000), but depending on how extensive the treatment plan, the price may be relatively equivalent.

4. Many orthodontists offer a free consultation.
Many orthodontists today offer a free consultation to determine your treatment options, costs, and length of treatment. Aurora Borealis Orthodontics consultations include photographs, a medical history review, and a panoramic X-ray that gives a full-mouth view.

5. Braces can build your confidence.
How many times have you been told to “dress to impress” for a job interview, a date, or a social event? Dressing your best means sporting your best accessory; your smile. That age-old saying “When you look good, you feel good.” certainly includes the appearance of your smile. A perfect smile can change everything about your look, boosting your confidence and even brightening your future. Orthodontics, like braces, will straighten your teeth, realign your smile, improve your bite, and enhance your smile.

Dr. David Hirsch and the team at Aurora Borealis Orthodontics are experts in orthodontics. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces and clear braces in Aurora, ON and Forest Hill Village, ON or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. David Hirsch contact Aurora Borealis Orthodontics at: (905) 726-2688
I lost one of my Invisalign trays

Dr. David Hirsch and the professionals at Aurora Borealis Orthodontics know that their adult patients in Aurora ON have full, active lives. It’s easy to lose one’s keys, wallet, or phone. Because of the convenient, removable aspect of Invisalign clear aligners, it can be easy also to lose the clear thermoplastic trays.

Invisalign for Adults in Aurora ON

Invisalign clear aligners for adults need to be worn to be effective. It’s important to keep track of them when they’re not being worn, and during cleaning, brushing, and flossing. The Invisalign trays come with a convenient protective case to hold the aligner while they are out of the patient’s mouth.

What do I do?

Don’t panic. There are options. Align Technologies (the makers of Invisalign) will replace a lost Invisalign Teen tray at little or no cost to the patient (www.invisalign.com/teen). Invisalign for adults are not so easily replaced. Most often, the patient will forego wearing the lost tray until the new tray is ready to be applied.

How do I cope?

It’s possible for a patient to use their previous set of Invisalign clear aligner trays as a sort of retainer to prevent teeth from moving back into their incorrect positions. Most orthodontists recommend saving the previously used trays for this specific purpose. (Don’t use trays from sets that you haven’t started yet, as this could cause problems with the treatment process.)

What’s next?

A patient with a lost Invisalign tray can frequently wear a previously used aligner tray as a retainer to keep teeth from reverting to their previous positions. After your treatment with the most recent set of Invisalign trays is over, the new upper and lower trays can be worn. There won’t be much of a difference between the past aligner and the new one, so it should fit just fine (although some may experience a mild discomfort from the pressure exerted on the teeth by the appliance). Keep your aligners in a safe place (like the provided case) when you take them out to eat, brush, floss, and clean the trays. Don’t get discouraged because of a minor setback like a lost Invisalign tray. Consistency is crucial to successful treatment with Invisalign.

Who do I talk to?

Orthodontic treatment is not inexpensive or casually undertaken. Losing an appliance needed for treatment can be stressful and alarming. But there are solutions. Dr. David Hirsch and the Aurora Borealis Orthodontics team are experts in treating patients with Invisalign for adults in Aurora ON.

Dr. David Hirsch and the team at Aurora Borealis Orthodontics are experts in Invisalign for Adults. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces and clear braces in Aurora, ON and Forest Hill Village, ON or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. David Hirsch contact Aurora Borealis Orthodontics at: (905) 726-2688
Adults Can Get Braces Too!

Today, adults wearing braces make up about half of all orthodontic patients in the United States. It is never too late for an adult to attain a healthier mouth, straighter teeth, and a perfect smile. Dr. David Hirsch and the team at Aurora Borealis Orthodontics are experts in adult orthodontic treatment in Aurora ON.

There is a general misconception that braces are worn only by children and teenagers. But, orthodontic treatments with braces have evolved considerably in recent years. Braces have become more lightweight and easier to install and remove. At Aurora Borealis Orthodontics, adults are choosing orthodontic treatments with braces more and more frequently.

Why Braces for Adults?

Misaligned or crooked teeth (malocclusions) affect our appearance and our self-esteem, and poor dental and oral health care can be a contributing cause to a number of adult-related health care concerns.

Improperly aligned teeth can cause problems chewing food, which may lead to gastrointestinal complications. Misaligned teeth and crossbites can trap food and increase the likelihood of plaque buildup. These conditions increase the chances of an adult patient developing gum disease and other more serious health-related complications (tooth decay, toothaches, earaches, and headaches). A crooked-toothed smile may also cause problems with public speaking, cause self-image concerns, and even prevent professional growth and advancement.

Dr. David Hirsch understands the reasons why an adult in Aurora ON may need to wear braces, and he helps each patient attain their treatment-outcome goals with sensitivity and compassion.

What are the Different Types of Braces for Adults?

The Aurora Borealis Orthodontics team offers a wide range of orthodontic treatment options currently available for adults.

• Traditional Metal Braces: These are made of high-quality stainless steel, and many orthodontists feel that they are the most effective devices for straightening teeth, especially in cases where there may be severe misalignment. They often produce the desired treatment outcomes faster than any other type of braces.

• Clear Ceramic Braces: Clear ceramic braces for adults are fitted to the front of the teeth and match the color of the individual’s teeth. Many people who want their braces to be less conspicuous, for aesthetic or professional reasons prefer clear ceramic braces.

• Lingual or Concealed Braces: Lingual braces have brackets that keep them in place and are affixed to the back of the teeth. These braces are not outwardly visible.

• Invisalign a.k.a clear aligners: Clear, easily removed plastic tray aligners that are ideal for adult patients with mild teeth-spacing issues. The aligners are able to be removed while eating, when brushing teeth, and when flossing. This is a healthy and hygienic choice for adults considering braces in Aurora ON. These braces are almost invisible and are preferred by people who feel self-conscious about appearing in public with braces on.

At Aurora Borealis Orthodontics, Invisalign treatment is quickly gaining popularity and often a top choice for our adult patients.

If you have misaligned or crooked teeth, or just want to improve your smile, adult braces may be the right choice for you. Remember, there is no age limit for treatment for an existing orthodontic problem. The only way to find out what adult orthodontic treatment procedure is right for you is by scheduling a free consultation with Aurora Borealis Orthodontics in Aurora ON.

Dr. David Hirsch and the team at Aurora Borealis Orthodontics are experts in braces for adults. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces and clear braces in Aurora, ON and Forest Hill Village, ON or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. David Hirsch contact Aurora Borealis Orthodontics at: (905) 726-2688
Invisalign for Adults: Questions and Answers

Dr. David Hirsch and the team at Forest Hill Village Orthodontics understand that their patients in Forest Hill Village ON will have questions about their orthodontic treatment. They take the time to address each patient’s questions or concerns about their with Invisalign for adults and its results.

Invisalign for Adults FAQs

Q: What Is Invisalign?

A: Invisalign clear aligner trays are an alternative to traditional metal braces. Invisalign is made of a clear thermoplastic material that is customized by Dr. David Hirsch for each patient’s specific needs and treatment goals. When worn, the Invisalign aligner trays exert a gentle pressure on the teeth to help orient them to a new and more effective and attractive position within the mouth.

Q: How Is Invisalign different?

A: Invisalign clear aligner trays are not affixed to the surface of the teeth. The trays are removable by the wearer for eating, brushing, flossing, and to clean the trays. They are nearly invisible to the casual observer while they are being worn. The smooth surface of the Invisalign clear aligner trays do not cause irritation to the soft tissues of the mouth like traditional braces can. Treatment with Invisalign is comfortable, convenient, and easy to manage.

Q: Is Invisalign effective?

A: Each orthodontic patient has different treatment needs and goals. In most cases, Invisalign can be more effective than traditional braces for many types of orthodontic issues. Invisalign can effectively treat gapped teeth, overly crowded teeth, overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite.

Q: How does Invisalign for adults work?

A: Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligner trays that exert a gentle pressure to gradually straighten teeth. They are custom-fitted to each patient’s teeth using 3D computer imaging technology to map the complete treatment from start to finish. A new set of aligner trays are switched out for the old ones approximately every two weeks as the treatment progresses.

Q: Does Invisalign work quickly?

A: The length of treatment with Invisalign depends on the individual patient’s needs and treatment goals, but a typical course of treatment may last as long as a year and a half. The trays are removable for eating, brushing, flossing, and to clean the trays, but they must be worn conscientiously to be effective.

Q: Is Invisalign expensive?

A: Invisalign is competitive in price with other orthodontic treatment options like traditional braces. Factoring in the reduced amount of office visits when wearing Invisalign, the comfort and convenience, and its effectiveness, Invisalign is the clear alternative to braces.

Dr. David Hirsch and the team at Forest Hill Village Orthodontics are experts in Invisalign for adults. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces and clear braces in Aurora, ON and Forest Hill Village, ON or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. David Hirsch contact  Forest Hill Village Orthodontics at: (416) 789-1231
How to Get the Best Outcome When Wearing Braces as an Adult

Dr. David Hirsch and the team of professionals at Aurora Borealis Orthodontics understand that orthodontic treatment with braces for adults in Aurora ON, is an investment of time and money for their patients. They give their patients a thorough understanding of how to get the best outcome from wearing braces. Aurora Borealis Orthodontics also provides braces for patients of all ages that live throughout Aurora, ON.

Best Practices for Braces for Adults in Aurora ON

1. Maintain good oral hygiene habits: Wearing braces for adults requires the patient to practice good brushing and flossing regimens. Your orthodontist will instruct you on how to clean your braces properly and how to floss without interfering with your archwires. While conscientious dental hygiene should already be part of your daily routine, it is important to continuing the habits by brushing after every meal, flossing frequently, and using mouthwash regularly. A dentist’s check-up twice a year is also important.

2. Eat a healthy diet: Because of their construction and position in your mouth, braces do put some limits and what foods you can eat during your treatment. Some types of foods and drinks that you should stay away from are sugary, sticky, chewy, and acidic foods or drinks. Candies, chewing gum, and soda should all be removed from your diet. Crunchy and hard foods can also damage your braces and should be avoided if possible. Dr. David Hirsch recommends his patients  in Aurora, ON use this opportunity to make some healthy lifestyle and diet changes.

3. Wear a mouthguard: A great way to avoid any chance of your braces breaking while playing sports is to wear a mouthguard. Braces are tough and strong, and while they are designed to treat and correct dental malocclusions and improve your smile, they can sometimes break.If your braces break, it can be painful and cause delays in your treatment time. Call your orthodontist as soon as possible so that your braces can be fixed immediately.

4. Talk to your orthodontist: Keep the flow of information between you and your orthodontist open. If you’re feeling discomfort because of your braces, schedule a visit with your orthodontist as soon as possible. A simple adjustment to your braces may be all that is necessary to relieve your pain.

5. Remember to smile: Smiling strengthens the muscles that control your mouth and helps to release good, healthy endorphins. Aurora Borealis Orthodontics says that smiling helps your lips from getting caught in your braces, too. And it’s great practice for showing off those pearly whites once your braces come off!

Dr. David Hirsch and the team at Aurora Borealis Orthodontics are experts in braces for adults. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces and clear braces in Aurora, ON and Forest Hill Village, ON or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. David Hirsch contact Aurora Borealis Orthodontics at: (905) 726-2688
Why is it important to wear my retainer after my Invisalign treatment?

Dr. David Hirsch and the team at Forest Hill Village Orthodontics advise their patients in Forest Hill Village ON to wear a retainer conscientiously (often every night while sleeping) after their orthodontic treatments with Invisalign are complete. Wearing a retainer is an important step in orthodontic treatment to keep teeth straighter longer. Teeth have a tendency to drift back into their incorrect original positions even after years of wearing braces. A retainer helps patients maintain their healthy, attractive, hard-earned smiles and keep their treatment goals intact for as long as possible.

Treatment with Invisalign in Forest Hill Village ON

Reversion

Teeth aren’t rigidly set into the jawbone. They’re held in place by a collection of fibers called periodontal ligaments. It will take some time after orthodontic treatment with braces for the ligaments to adjust to the teeth’s new position. Wearing a retainer will help keep the teeth in place as the ligaments adjust. Wearing a retainer at night (while sleeping) is most effective because that’s when the ligaments want to move; while you’re asleep. Patients are often fitted for a retainer after debanding, or the removal of the braces from the teeth. After debanding, the teeth are cleaned thoroughly. Bite impressions and X-rays may be taken to determine the success of the treatment. This information is used to create a retainer that is created specially to fit the teeth.

Retention

Retainers are available in several different forms. A removable retainer is made from colored acrylic that is molded to fit your mouth. A metal wire wraps around the teeth to help keep their new position and can be adjusted to correct minor tooth movements. A clear plastic retainer, similar in appearance to Invisalign trays, are also available. They’re made of thin, clear plastic which is custom molded to fit your teeth and appear virtually invisible. They are less durable than traditional retainers, and can warp if immersed in hot water. Fixed retainers are an option for those who have a high risk of tooth movement or reversion. A wire is bonded to the back surface of the teeth, making it virtually invisible, and is used for periods of months or longer.

Maintenance

Keep the retainer in its case when not in use so it can’t be lost. Clean it with regularly with toothpaste and a brush. (Whitening toothpastes may scratch the plastic aligner). Denture cleaner comes in tablet or powder form and are effective at cleaning plastic or removable retainers. A fixed retainer requires conscientious brushing and flossing behind the teeth. Floss picks are especially handy here.

Successful orthodontic treatment results require more than a course of treatment with braces. It’s always important to wear your retainer after your treatment with braces or Invisalign clear aligners. Long term results are dependent on the patient wearing a retainer consistently to keep the teeth from reverting back to their original misaligned position.

Dr. David Hirsch and Forest Hill Village Orthodontics help their patients that live in or near Forest Hill Village ON get and keep a straight smile and a healthy mouth. They know that the longevity of orthodontic treatment results depends on a conscientiously worn retainer to keep the teeth’s new position steady and secure.

Dr. David Hirsch and the team at Forest Hill Village Orthodontics are experts in Invisalign. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces and clear braces in Aurora, ON and Forest Hill Village, ON or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. David Hirsch contact Forest Hill Village Orthodontics at: (416) 789-1231
How Can Orthodontics Help Prevent My Teeth from Getting Chipped?

Chipping your tooth is no joke. It can happen suddenly while munching on a snack or while playing sports. A tooth is also more likely to chip if it is not in the correct spot. Dr. David Hirsch and the team at Forest Hill Village Orthodontics in Forest Hill Village ON, could help you prevent the damage altogether through orthodontic treatment. Here’s How:

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1. Undergoing Orthodontic Treatment: You have different, specially shaped and placed teeth for specific functions. Each tooth has a purpose and having your teeth well cared for will ensure maximum efficiency and less damage overall. Your front teeth are called incisors and are used to cut food into smaller pieces (think: biting into an apple or a chunk of meat). Next are the canine teeth. They grip onto tough foods and help the incisors do their work. Premolars are a cross between canine teeth and molars. They help the canine teeth grip and the molars to crush. Molars are used for grinding harder foods like nuts and raw vegetables. Your teeth, when working properly and in concert, make a world of difference to your quality of life!

2. Drink and Eat Foods High in Calcium: As long as you are getting the FDA-approved amount of calcium, you can help strengthen and protect your teeth and jawbone (which holds your bottom teeth in place). Orthodontists recommend leafy greens and milk, both which contains a lot of calcium. Avoid soda and alcohol, which contain compounds that weaken bone and teeth. Hard foods are also notorious for chipping teeth that are already showing signs of decay. Stick to a healthy diet and practice good, regular oral health care practices, and your body (and your teeth) will be quite happy!

3. When Playing Sports, Always Use a Mouthguard: Mouthguards are scientifically designed to redistribute the force of an impact to your teeth and gums. While not all sports require mouthguards while participating in a game or during practice, always wear one to keep your teeth safe.

4. Always Brush Your Teeth: Good oral hygiene prevents teeth from chipping and decay. Orthodontists recommend you brush and floss after every meal and see an orthodontist and a dentist regularly (at least twice a year) to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy. An orthodontist and a dentist can also give you advice to help strengthen your teeth.

5. Don’t Grind: Most patients in Forest Hill Village ON who grind their teeth do it in their sleep, however some do grind their teeth during the day as well. If you grind your teeth, ask your orthodontist for help. Dental protection systems are available that can prevent teeth grinding during both the day and the night. Grinding teeth can not only be an indicator for a medical condition, but also the result of excess stress. Take some time out of your day to relax and pray or meditate.

6. Ask About Orthodontic Appliances Such as Recaldent: Orthodontic appliances such as Recaldent, can be used to prevent teeth from being chipped. Recaldent has been proven to repair tooth and enamel decay by strengthening teeth from the outside.This product can be made and mixed into a number of forms, including a toothpaste-like compound, added to specialized milk, and used in sugar-free gum. With these simple tips, you can keep your teeth protected from a chip or from some other more serious damage.

Dr. David Hirsch and the team at Forest Hill Village Orthodontics are experts in all things orthodontics. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces and clear braces in Aurora, ON and Forest Hill Village, ON or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. David Hirsch contact  Forest Hill Village Orthodontics at: (416) 789-1231
Are Clear Braces Better Than Traditional Braces?

Dr. David Hirsch and the team at Aurora Borealis Orthodontics offer their patients that live in or work near Aurora ON the latest and most advanced treatments available today, including clear braces. Patients considering different treatment approaches to their orthodontic needs can choose traditional braces, clear braces, lingual braces, or clear thermoplastic aligners. But what are clear braces? Are they better than metal ones?

What are “traditional” braces? What are clear braces?

Traditional metal braces are made of metal brackets and wires that attach to the front surfaces of the teeth. Some even come in a choice of colors for a bit of fun. Clear braces are like traditional metal braces in that they are also affixed to the front surfaces of the teeth. Clear braces, however, are made out of a clear, ceramic material made to mimic the shade of teeth. They are much less noticeable to the casual observer than traditional metal braces are. Both types of braces are joined by a wire, metal or clear, to exert pressure and move the teeth within the mouth.

The benefits of clear braces

Clear braces are an option for teens and adults who need to wear braces but are concerned or self-conscious about how they will appear once the braces are on their teeth. Clear braces are:

• Clear. A benefit to clear braces is that they are clear (duh). More accurately, they are made to match the color of the teeth. They are less obvious in normal social interactions. Traditional metal braces are more obvious; so much so that some patients can now choose fun and fancy colors to sport their dental appliances. This is not for everyone, though. Options are a good thing.

• Effective: Braces are effective in treating the most severe of orthodontic issues. Newer alternatives to braces are available, but the technology has not advanced so that tray aligners can treat every case. Patients looking for options in orthodontic treatment are confident that clear braces treat the issue while being discreet and unobtrusive.

• More comfortable: The metal parts associated with traditional braces can poke, scrape, and irritate the soft tissues of the mouth. Clear braces involve a lot less hardware, so there is less of a chance for irritation to occur.

Having to wear traditional metal braces can bring to mind images of adolescent awkwardness to teens and adults that live in or work near Aurora ON. While traditional braces are a proven and effective treatment option, there are other approaches that can be less obvious and more comfortable.

Dr. David Hirsch and the Aurora Borealis Orthodontics staff have the knowledge and experience to help their patients in Aurora ON choose the most effective and appropriate orthodontic treatment for them.

Dr. David Hirsch and the team at Aurora Borealis Orthodontics are experts in clear braces. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces and clear braces in Aurora, ON and Forest Hill Village, ON or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. David Hirsch contact Aurora Borealis Orthodontics at: (905) 726-2688