Lifetime Dental: Providing Quality Braces To Adults And Children In San Bernardino

Everyone wants to have a beautiful set of teeth to flaunt. For those of us who do not have this gift naturally, a number of dentistry solutions are available to correct our problems.

Braces are used to straighten crooked or crowded teeth. A variety of braces are available to choose from. Your dentist is the best advisor so as to which particular type of brace would be suitable to your condition after examining your teeth.

The type of brace treatment you get depends on certain factors such as:

  • The recommendation of your orthodontist
  • Your budget
  • Treatment duration
  • The severity of your condition
  • Your personal preference

Metal Braces

These are made of metal brackets and an elastic band (called ligature) that holds the wire onto the bracket. Metal braces are the most commonly used type of braces as they are strong, inexpensive and can withstand all kinds of treatment. They also have the least treatment time as compared to other solutions. However, patients often report discomfort as these braces bite into the cheek.

Ceramic Braces

The brackets of Ceramic braces are tooth colored and made of a material that is nearly as strong as metal and can be used for nearly all types of treatment. The elastic bands in these braces are transparent or white, making them less visible than metal braces. Ceramic braces are more expensive than their metal counterparts and the treatment time is a bit more. Their ligatures tend to stain over time.

Self-ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces are made of metal and do not have elastic ligatures. They make use of a “trap door” technology, wherein the brackets allow the wire to slide back and forth, resulting in the need for fewer adjustments and less appointments with your dentist during their use.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are generally made of metal. The brackets of these braces are placed behind the teeth and are therefore invisible to others. Many patients using lingual braces report irritation in the tongue. There is also an initial adjustment needed to start speaking normally with these braces. Lingual braces may not be the right choice for patients who need severe orthodontic treatment.


These are clear braces and are a good treatment option for those seeking unobtrusive orthodontic treatment. An Invisalign treatment involves wearing a set of custom made plastic aligners that gradually straighten your teeth in the desired position.

Need Braces? Schedule an Appointment Today

If you wish to have straighter teeth, wait no more. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Afzali at our clinic in San Bernardino and get the best advice on what type of braces would be suitable for you. Call us at (909) 890-1206 or visit our office located at 1918 Business Center Dr S #210, San Bernardino, CA 92408.

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