Finding orthodontics in Sacramento should not be difficult regardless of what treatment you are looking for because it is a popular destination for doctors and other working professionals. Many people who attend school for dentistry-related degrees and doctorates like a Bachelors of Dental Surgery (BDS), Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) or a Doctorate of Medical Dentistry do so because they want to be able to choose where they reside as opposed to their occupation doing the choosing for them. So, California, Las Vegas, Seattle, New York City and many cities in Texas are places where one should have no problem finding an orthodontist who specializes in the procedure they are specifically seeking out. Everyone wants to know that the doctor they choose to perform procedures on them that affect their appearance and their physical health is fully vetted and qualified and in the United States, there is not much to worry about when dealing with a board-certified orthodontist.
After obtaining one of the aforementioned educational accolades, anyone who wants to move onto orthodontics needs to apply for, be accepted to and complete a residency. Depending on the residency, it could be in a hospital or university setting but during this time everyone gets hands-on instruction regarding all important and relevant orthodontic treatments. Most of the curriculum and training is focused on braces or as they are referred to in the orthodontics field; fixed straight wire appliances. It is no wonder why most people just refer to them as braces after hearing that jargon. There are several different types of braces that utilize the fixed straight wire appliance method and although the brackets and connecting wiring between them can be made out of material different from traditional stainless steel; metal is the most durable and economical. Invisible braces can mean that the brackets are made out of ceramic or plastic to obscure their presence, or it could be referring to a completely different teeth-straightening method that uses hard, transparent plastic ‘trays’ to move teeth into alignment instead of brackets and wiring.
There are several innovations that are popular for people who need braces to correct their teeth or their bites. Of course, traditional stainless steel brackets and wiring are the go-to solution when economics are the main concern and also, when perfection is the only acceptable end-result, braces of some kind are often the only way to get there. Many adults and kids in their teens feel self-conscious about the notion of living their daily lives with semi-permanent braces attached to their teeth but in many cases, the difference that invisible, clear braces or ceramic braces are capable of providing is enough to make someone feel open about the idea. Sometimes though, people regard invisible braces as a misnomer because they are actually talking about Invisalign. Invisalign is not braces at all even though sometimes they are referred to as Invisalign braces. The distinction between the Invisalign method and the invisible braces one is an important one to make because their approaches are in no way similar.
When an orthodontist talks about invisible braces, most of the time, they are referring to the fixed straight wire appliance known as braces but administered using clear plastic brackets instead of stainless steel ones. From a distance especially, this makes a big difference in being able to detect them so in an instance where a family photo being taken from approximately 15 feet away, for example, invisible braces will be difficult to see. With regard to Invisalign however, braces are not used at all. Instead, a series of thin, hard, transparent aligners are custom-made for the patient’s teeth that they wear for several weeks or more at a time before they move onto the next aligner in the series. This eliminates the need for brackets to be adhered to the front of the teeth so therefore, no wiring of any kind is required either. Not everyone is a perfect candidate for the Invisalign procedure though and no matter how badly someone may want it, they may find that they cannot find an orthodontist who is willing to do it because they will not get favorable results.
For those who really want to fix their teeth and happen to be one of the unfortunate people who cannot get Invisalign; there is a braces application method called lingual braces that may be what they need. In the case of lingual braces, the brackets and wiring are attached to the backside of the teeth instead of the front which removes them almost completely from view. Like Invisalign though, circumstance could be such that this is not a recommended option either, but only an orthodontist can make that call.