Clear Braces Dutchess County NY

Dr. Ahmed Mansour and the team at Sunshine Orthodontics offer their patients in Dutchess County, NY 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. However, they 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 these kind of 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 in Dutchess County, NY. While traditional braces are a proven and effective treatment option, there are other approaches that can be less obvious and more comfortable.


Dr. Ahmed Mansour and the team at Sunshine Orthodontics are experts in clear braces. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces and clear braces inDutchess County, NY, Wappingers Falls, NY, Poughkeepsie, NY, Fishkill, NY, Hopewell Junction, NY, Poughguag, NY, Ulster County, NY, Highland, NY, New Paltz, NY, Saugerties, NY, Stone Ridge, NY, Port Ewen, NY, Woodstock, NY, Kingston, NY, Rhineback, NY, Red Hook, NY, Hyde Park, NY, Milan, NY, Staatsburg, NY, Tivoli, NY, Hudson, NY or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Mansour contact Sunshine Orthodontics at: 845-592-2292

At Sunshine Orthodontist, Dr. Mansour and our staff have found that patients who like their smiles have better self-esteem. According to the National Women’s Health Resource Center, when women are asked about what they’d most like to change about themselves, surprisingly they point to their smile.

 

The American Association of Orthodontics estimates that 4.5 million Americans wear braces or other orthodontic equipment to straighten their teeth and to get a healthier mouth. One in five of those braces wearers are women. The organization’s statistics also show that about 75 percent of the population doesn’t have straight teeth, and those people would benefit from getting braces.

 

While the main benefit of braces is straight teeth, and to improve the look of your smile, there are other benefits that make braces even more useful, including:

 

  • Straighter teeth help people chew better.
  • Straighter teeth give people a proper bite.
  • People speak better when they have straighter teeth.
  • When people have straight teeth, they have better overall gum and mouth health. A healthier mouth means flossing and brushing are easier, and that means your entire mouth stays healthy.
  • A healthy mouth is also linked to a healthy body.

 

 

 

It is challenging to brush your teeth when you have orthodontic braces. Here are some tips that will help you keep your teeth clean so that they will look even more amazing when the braces come off.

 

1) Always use a soft toothbrush. The most important place to keep clean while your braces are on is between the braces and the gums.

 

2) Brush using only a wet toothbrush, no toothpaste at first to see what you are doing after you remove all the food and plaque, you can apply toothpaste and brush.

 

3) None of that one, two, three nonsense. Time yourself and spend at least two FULL minutes brushing your teeth. You should spend at least 30 seconds on your upper right side, 30 seconds on your upper left side, 30 seconds on your lower left side, and finally 30 seconds on your lower right side. You might think that you do this already, but most patients who time themselves find that they are brushing an average of only 30 seconds for their entire mouth!

 

4) When you are done brushing in the morning, feel free to rinse your mouth with water to remove the foam left after brushing with your toothpaste. Research has shown that the teeth receive just as much fluoride following this procedure by leaving the foam on the teeth as they do when you apply an expensive fluoride.

 

Lastly, you can achieve excellent oral hygiene while wearing braces using an affordable toothbrush; electric toothbrushes are wonderful and do a good job supplementing the movements of the toothbrush bristles over the teeth. Some brushes that vibrate have been shown to clean a little better than those that rotate.

We know it’s difficult to convince your child that getting braces is something to be excited about. To them, it may be a different story. So, how do we go about getting our children on board with braces?

  1. Throw a pre-braces party. Once the braces are on, your child knows they will not be allowed to eat certain foods. So before the braces get put on, allow them to indulge before the time of application. It’s an easy way to get excitement stirred up and the wait to get the braces over to indulge again will be just as endearing.
  2. Let your kids know that this is a way to give them that beautiful smile they see in adults and older children. Let them be aware that braces aren’t forever, but their smiles are.
  3. If your children are worried about getting picked on because of braces, tell them about some celebrities who have worn them such as Cameron Diaz, Kelly Clarkson, Dakota Fanning, and Gwen Stefani.
  4. It is important to emphasize that braces today aren’t the same as they were for you growing up. From clear ceramic braces to different-colored braces, more options are available. Braces can be cool accessories.
  5. Sometimes we have to point out how crooked our teeth are because we never got braces…this will encourage your children to want to have their teeth perfect and straight.

The stereotypical braces wearer – in middle school, with a mouth full of metal brackets – has led to children being discouraged about wearing braces. Dr. Mansour and our staff here at Sunshine Orthodontists would like to put some of these myths to rest and help your child get the proper care they need for that perfect smile!