braces in Irvine

What are metal braces?

We use Damon Braces, a new generation of braces which utilizes light, gentle forces to broaden your smile and helps minimize the need for extractions, all while protecting the health of your teeth and gums. These braces are designed with metal gates/doors, eliminating the need for color ties. This makes them a lot easier to keep clean throughout the course of treatment from our Irvine practice.

Metal braces

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The wires used for metal braces were invented by NASA.

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How it works: The metal braces process

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At your consultation, your Irvine orthodontist will determine if metal braces are right for you. First, your orthodontist will examine your jaw, gums, and teeth to check for gaps, crowding, and misalignment. They will also discuss your smile goals and develop a treatment plan made just for you.

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Your orthodontist will then take a 3D X-ray of your mouth as well as a scan of your teeth, known as an digital impression. Once this is complete, your orthodontist will use the data gathered from the images and impressions to plan your next steps.

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To secure your braces, your orthodontist will dry and prepare your teeth to make the tooth surface ideal for bonding. Next, the braces will be attached to your teeth using a special adhesive and curing light to harden the tooth glue. Finally, they will then thread the metal wire through the brackets and close the metal gates. Voila! Let the tooth straightening magic begin.

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Fitting and Next Steps

Once your braces are placed, your orthodontist will check for proper fitting to ensure maximum comfort. You’ll schedule a follow-up appointment every 6-8 weeks to monitor progress, replace wires, and make adjustments. During these checkups, your orthodontist will let you know how the bite is improving, and whether or not you will need to use rubber bands to help with some of the tooth movements.

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On your last day of treatment, your orthodontist will remove the brackets, clean each tooth, and give you a retainer to help your teeth preserve their new positions. Your orthodontist will also equip you with detailed instructions on how to care for your smile so it can stay strong and straight for life.

Types of braces

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Self-ligating braces appear almost identical to traditional braces, but utilize clips rather than elastic bands to hold the brace wire in place. This produces less friction on the braces, making it easier for patients to keep the braces and teeth clean. These are best suited for Irvine patients experiencing severe tooth and jaw misalignment.


Ceramic braces are very similar to the traditional metal braces, but are composed of a translucent ceramic material that matches the natural color of your teeth. Patients looking for a less noticeable alignment option may enjoy the discreet features of ceramic braces.

Did you know…

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Over 4 million people in the U.S. wear braces to align their smiles.

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Have questions about braces? Find answers here.

How do braces work?

Braces work by applying gradual pressure on the teeth, slowly moving them into the desired alignment. The jaw bone adapts as the braces apply pressure over time, which allows the teeth and their roots to adjust. While all cases are unique, it can take anywhere from six months to two years to correct your smile with braces.

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What are the benefits of traditional metal braces?

As one of the most popular and affordable methods to straighten teeth, traditional braces are an effective solution for individuals struggling with a variety of orthodontic issues. Metal braces are extremely durable and are able to withstand daily wear, chewing, and brushing throughout the duration of your treatment. Unlike removable clear aligners, traditional braces are firmly planted to your teeth, so you don’t have to worry about maintaining the effectiveness of your orthodontic care.

How do you care for your braces?

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Caring for your braces is similar to regular oral healthcare. Make sure to use a soft-bristled brush to keep your teeth, brackets, and wires clean and free from debris. Your orthodontist may provide you with a V-shaped toothbrush to ensure efficient brushing in between brackets. Don’t forget to floss! Stiff-tipped floss picks are perfect for removing food lodged in spots that may be tough to reach. Visit your orthodontist for regular follow-ups in Irvine to ensure your teeth are adjusting properly and you’ll be braces-free in no time.

Am I a good candidate for braces?

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Metal braces are an excellent solution to a number of orthodontic issues. If your teeth are crowded, overlapped, gapped, or crooked, metal braces can restore your smile and shift your teeth back where they belong. Patients struggling with an overbite, crossbite, overjet, or open bite may also be great candidates for metal braces.

How much do braces cost?

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The cost of metal braces is different for each patient. Factors that may affect the cost of your metal braces include the severity of your teeth misalignment, appointment and visits, insurance type, and more. The best way to find out how much you’ll pay for metal braces is to schedule a consultation with your orthodontist.

Did you know…

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Braces aren’t just for teens. In fact, 1 in 4 Americans wearing braces are adults.

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