Our Beachwood Dental team is proud to offer our Los Alamitos, CA patients clear ceramic braces for less-visible and more comfortable braces. Instead of having metal brackets that are more noticeable and rigid, our ceramic braces are crafted out of a translucent substance, so each bracket is considerably less noticeable and more flexible. Because the material is more pliable it is also slightly more fragile and requires a little more at-home care for our patients who choose this option. The translucent material can become yellowed if the patient consumes foods and beverages that easily stain, so maintaining good oral health is crucial to keeping the braces in pristine shape. Our exceptional dentists and orthodontist will discuss with each patient their needs. We can discuss if clear ceramic braces are the correct choice for the patient.
"Anyone who is hesitant about these five stars review, HAVE NO FEAR. I would 10/10 recommend this clinic to ANYONE who asks (or doesn't). I was in town for my wedding and I visited my dentist in the area to get my final Invisalign check/retainers. I also wanted to straighten out my front tooth because it had chipped in the Invisalign process since I used to bite my nails. It made me super self conscious especially since I was going to be taking a ton of photos for my wedding this weekend and it had been bothering me since I got my attachments taken off. I had asked my dental clinic if they could even it out, but the dentist was not in so they weren't able to do anything for me... I was definitely 110% freaking out and so so sad. My dental office referred me to Beachwood Dental and Dr. Todd answered the phone. He so willingly accepted me last minute and really tried to work around my hectic schedule. I was late since I was running last minute errands and didn't expect them to take me so quickly (I called Thursday early afternoon, they told me to come in later that afternoon!). They were still able to fit me in with such warm attitudes and smiles. Dr. Todd, Stacy, and everyone in the office were so lovely, really (& I definitely don't say that lightly). They were able to fix me up (I couldn't even tell the difference!!!) and sent me on my way. I am forever thankful to this awesome team and appreciate you all (even if Dr. Todd is a USC fan...GO BRUINS). Thank you, Beachwood Dental!!!!"- H.S. / Yelp / Sep 20, 2018
"Mary Ann and the front desk staff are always on time and provide friendly reminders. Been using Dr Brown for over 25 years and very pleased with his work."- R.H. / Google / Sep 17, 2018
"Great friendly service so far for teeth cleaning, xrays, and checkup.. On time for appts."- I.J. / Google / Sep 13, 2018
"Love love BeachWood dental!! I finally have a dental family that I can call home for all mine and my husbands needs. The dentists and staff are so friendly and welcoming. They’re even calming and comforting for people like me who get nervous when I go in. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a great dentist!! JullieG~"- J.G. / Google / Aug 18, 2018
"The hygienist only uses the "Scraponater" (the ultrasonic tooth cleaner/scraper) on the heavy deposits not for the whole cleaning job. That thing feels like I'm scraping my teeth on a blackboard. The cleaning job is almost always done completely by hand. Then there is the digital X-Ray machine. Precious little radiation compared to the regular kind and the view is almost 3D. Teeth all bright and shiny, quick and painless. What more can you ask for?"- D.K. / Yelp / Aug 18, 2018
What to Expect
Prior to patients receiving their clear ceramic braces, our dentists and orthodontist will ensure that the teeth are clean and strong. During the procedure process, a bonding agent, called an etchant, will be applied to the surface of the teeth in order to allow the ceramic braces to successfully stay in place. Once the etchant is on the teeth, the next process is placing the brackets on top of the ceramic along with the application of a high-intensity light to bond the brackets to the teeth. The next step is placing what is called the archwire in between the brackets and braces to hold them together. This process usually takes about one hour for each archwire. Rubber bands may also be placed for extra security if our orthodontist thinks it is needed.
Patients may expect to feel some minor discomfort as they adjust to having full-time braces in their mouth. Our dentist or orthodontist will send each patient home with detailed instructions, but ceramic braces require more at-home care. Patients should be mindful of their eating and drinking habits, as certain foods or beverages can stain the ceramic. Smoking can also lead to discoloration of the braces. Patients should make sure that they brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash regularly to ensure no bacteria or food gets trapped in their new braces.
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Present a Straighter Smile
Our clear ceramic braces are a great alternative for patients who are looking for a more subtle way to straighten out their teeth. Ceramic braces are more comfortable and concealed than metal braces while still offering effective results. We invite you to schedule a consult at our office to learn more about how you can present a straighter, more appealing smile.