Most traditional braces are manufactured to fit all teeth, no matter the type of movement or force required to straighten teeth perfectly. At the office of Dr. Ghina Morad, we understand that each smile is unique and requires customized orthodontic treatment, which is why we use the latest orthodontic technology to treat patients like you.
We use advanced software to tailor a precise treatment plan that not only fits your unique smile, but your individual teeth as well. Based on the movement needs of each of your teeth, we will design a custom bracket specifically for every tooth to ensure optimal movement during treatment.
We also use orthodontic tools and planning software to diagnose problems in the jaw bone early on in young patients. This allows us to project the bone growth, address issues early, and help guide the facial growth and development in preparation for orthodontic treatment. Schedule a consultation at the office of Dr. Ghina Morad today or stop by our office located at 2920 Broadway, Redwood City, CA 94061.
Traditional braces have been around for centuries, but have been evolving continuously, and today are a comfortable and cost-effective way to fix teeth. Brackets are bonded to the surface of each tooth to support a wire that is tightened to apply pressure. The constant pressure gently moves the teeth to an ideal position, correcting anything from overbites to rotated, spaced, or overlapped teeth. We offer both metal and porcelain braces and 17 different shapes of wires depending on your orthodontic needs. Metal braces are highly durable, cost-effective, and ideal for patients who have a more severe malocclusion. Porcelain braces are a more discreet option for correcting teeth that are either clear or tooth-colored.
We take your entire face—including the jaw bones, muscles, and teeth—into consideration when predicting and finalizing treatment to create a fully functional and aesthetic smile. We offer skeletal anchorage orthodontic treatment to correct a “gummy” smile or “long” upper jaw bone utilizing mini pins that can pull the jaw up and make the extra bone naturally “shrinks”. We also work on the bones of the face. So, for under developed faces and cheek bones, typically seen with underbites, we can now help grow the upper jaw and the cheek bones and develop the middle section of the face giving our patients more harmonious beautiful faces. For our patients who have a narrow upper jaw due to sucking their thumbs as young kids, we can widen the bones of the upper jaw giving the tongue much more room which, in turn, increases the size of the airway and provides for better breathing. With Facial Harmony Orthodontics, we can:
-Eliminate over- and underbites
-Develop cheek bonesImprove facial profile
-Eliminate a gummy smile
-Correct a “long” face
-Widen airways in the throat
Traditional metal braces are made of medical-grade stainless steel brackets and archwires that straighten your teeth over time. These type of braces are oftentimes more affordable than other braces and aligner systems and are best suited for patients experiencing severe tooth and jaw misalignment.
Lingual braces are metal-based appliances that are very similar to their traditional counterparts. The difference? These braces are secured on the back of your teeth, making them virtually invisible. Patients looking for a discreet way to straighten minor misalignments may benefit from lingual braces.
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.
Popular clear aligner brands, such as Invisalign and ClearCorrect, use a system of custom-made clear aligners that gradually straighten a patient’s smile by applying gentle, consistent pressure to the teeth. Depending on your specific case and your smile goals, clear aligners may be the right orthodontic treatment for you. Because the aligners are made of clear thermoplastic material, clear aligners are a great solution for patients looking to discreetly align their smile.
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.
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.
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 to ensure your teeth are adjusting properly and you’ll be braces-free in no time.
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.
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.