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By DiMariano Family Dentistry
November 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces  

Adult BracesIf you have been wanting a straighter smile, then braces could be right for you. Braces are a type of orthodontic treatment for straightening teeth, closing gaps between teeth, and correcting alignment or bite problems. Braces can be worn be both teens and adults. At DiMariano Family Dentistry and Orthodontics, Dr. Shaina DiMariano is your Folsom orthodontist for braces.

Types of Braces

There are several different types of braces available. Your Folsom orthodontist can help you select the right type for you. The four main types of braces available include:

  • Metal braces
  • Clear braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Aligner trays

Metal, clear, and lingual braces each rely on brackets and wires to move the teeth. For metal and clear braces, the brackets are placed on the front of the teeth. A major difference between the two options is that the brackets used for clear braces blend in with the teeth for a discreet look. Lingual braces are also discreet as the brackets are placed on the back of the teeth. All three types of braces are effective options for straightening crooked teeth, closing gaps between teeth, and correcting alignment or bite problems, such as overbites and underbites.

Aligner trays represent an alternative method for straightening teeth and closing small gaps. There are no brackets and wires. The teeth are straightened using aligner trays that fit over the top and bottom rows of teeth. The trays are custom made for each patient. New sets of trays are provided every few weeks. The aligner trays offer several advantages, including being soft, discreet, and removable. One disadvantage is that while aligner trays effectively straighten teeth, they cannot necessarily be used to correct bite or alignment problems.

A dentist or an orthodontist can help you decide if braces are right for you, as well as which type is best for the results you wish to achieve. To learn more about the different types of braces and how they could help you achieve your ideal smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. DiMariano, your Folsom, CA, orthodontist, by calling DiMariano Family Dentistry and Orthodontics at (916) 983-6655.

By DiMariano Family Dentistry
July 25, 2018
Tags: braces  

BracesBraces. You remember friends wearing them years ago when you were kids, but you managed to dodge that bullet, right? As an adult, however, your teeth look less than perfect, and you'd love your dental bite to improve. Could orthodontics help you? Find out from Dr. Shaina DiMariano, your orthodontist in Folsom, CA. She offers smile alignment options perfect for you as an adult patient.

What is orthdontic?

It's the formal name for the kind of dental treatment which moves teeth into healthier, more functional and better looking positions. At DiMariano Family Dentistry & Orthodontics in Folsom, your orthodontist offers a wide range of treatment options for smile alignment needs such as:

  • Gaps
  • Crowding
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Openbite
  • Missing teeth
  • Congenitally misshapen teeth
  • Tooth tipping and rotation
  • Protruding front teeth, or overjet

However complex or simple the smile issue is, your orthodontist uses principles of vector physics to re-align teeth. Once that goal is accomplished and proper balance among teeth, bones and muscles is achieved, the dentist fine tunes aesthetic factors. That's where an orthodontist's artistic skills come into play.

Qualifying for braces

If you and your dentist agree that orthodontic correction is in order, you'll undergo a complete oral examination, including X-rays, a three-dimensional CT scan, oral impressions, photos and something called an articulated model. This replica of the upper and lower arches of your teeth help Dr.DiMariano see exactly where she needs to change the positions of your teeth.

Kinds of braces

Metal braces, with their brackets, arch wires, and ligatures, remain the main stay of orthodontics. However, over the years, dental science has developed more aesthetically pleasing braces:

  • Tooth-colored ceramic braces
  • Lingual, or tongue-side, braces which are hidden from view
  • Invisalign, a customized series of clear, removable aligners
  • Palatal expanders to open jaw width, creating more room for crowded teeth

After Dr. DiMariano finishes her orthodontic evaluation, she will recommend a type of braces and a treatment plan which will achieve your smile goals best.

The American Association of Orthodontists says that 20 percent of American orthodontic patients are adults. So, if you end up wearing braces of any kind, you won't be alone. Plus, you'll enjoy the full benefits of a correctly aligned smile and the self-confidence it creates.

For more information and a consultation with Dr. DiMariano, contact her office staff in Folsom, CA, at (916) 983-6655.

By DiMariano Family Dentistry
September 11, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics  

Braces can give you straighter teeth and a beautiful smile. In the past, achieving a straighter smile was limited to traditional metal braces. bracesHowever, there are now several types of braces to choose from, including clear ceramic braces, lingual braces, clear aligners and traditional metal braces. Your orthodontist can help you select the type of braces best suited your needs. At DiMariano Family Dentistry & Orthodontics in Folsom, CA, Dr. Shaina DiMariano can evaluate your teeth and recommend the right type of braces for you.

Braces & Aligners

The different types of braces all deliver a straighter smile over time. Some types of braces can also correct misaligned bites, including overbites or underbites. Depending on your teeth and your bite, your orthodontist in Folsom can determine which type of braces are most appropriate to correct and improve your smile. Four main types of braces available at DiMariano Family Dentistry & Orthodontics include:

  • Traditional Metal Braces
  • Clear Ceramic Braces
  • Lingual Braces
  • Clear Aligners

Traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces and lingual braces all share several similarities. For instance, they all rely on the use of brackets and wires to move the teeth. With both traditional metal and clear ceramic braces, the brackets are mounted to the front of the teeth. With lingual braces, the brackets are affixed to the back of the teeth making them virtually unnoticeable to others. Since ceramic braces are clear, they are also less noticeable than traditional metal braces.

Clear aligners provide an alternative to the brackets and wires associated with the other three types of braces. Clear aligners utilize soft, plastic aligner trays that fit over the top and bottom rows of teeth. Positioning of the teeth inside the trays is customized for each patient. New trays are provided every few weeks as the teeth gradually move into the desired position. Clear aligners offer several distinct advantages over other types of braces. The trays are soft and comfortable, clear and inconspicuous and can be removed when eating or to brush and floss.

Whether you wish to straighten your smile, correct a misaligned bite or both, several types of braces are available to accomplish your goals. To determine which type might be right for you, schedule a consolation with Dr. DiMariano, your Folsom, CA orthodontist, by calling DiMariano Family Dentistry & Orthodontics at (916) 983-6655.

By DiMariano Family Dentistry
September 12, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics  

How braces from you orthodontist in Folsom, California can help you

If you’ve thought about straightening your teeth and your smile, braces are a great choice for you. When you think about braces, it’s bracesnatural to think about the bulky, uncomfortable metal wires and brackets of old-school braces, but times have changed! Modern orthodontic treatment comes in many forms, all designed to give you the straight, beautiful smile you want. Dr. Shaina DiMariano at DiMariano Family Dentistry & Orthodontics in Folsom, California wants to help you decide which braces are right for you.

Braces will correct both functional and cosmetic issues with your smile. Your orthodontist in Folsom, California wants you to consider braces to correct problems like these:

  • Straightening overlapped or crowded teeth
  • Realigning a poor bite, restoring your chewing function
  • Repositioning rotated or twisted teeth
  • Closing the spaces between gapped or widely spaced teeth

Your orthodontist in Folsom, California offers several choices for your braces and she can help you decide the best option for your needs and budget. Consider:

  • Conventional metal braces, which use ultra-thin metal wires and metal brackets
  • Ceramic braces, which use tooth-colored ceramic or clear brackets and wires
  • Lingual braces, which use brackets and wires attached to the back of your teeth

If you are hesitant about committing to braces, you can still straighten your smile with state-of-the-art clear plastic aligners from Invisalign. Your orthodontist in Folsom, California will create your aligners which you change out every two weeks for a new set. Your teeth straighten quickly and comfortably without braces. The entire Invisalign process takes 9 to 15 months.

Orthodontic treatment is a big decision and one you don’t have to make alone. No matter what treatment you choose, your orthodontist in Folsom, California knows all the tips and tricks to make your orthodontic experience comfortable and rewarding. If you are thinking about whether braces are right for you, it’s time to call Dr. Shaina DiMariano at DiMariano Family Dentistry & Orthodontics in Folsom, California. Get started on your straight and beautiful smile by calling today!

By DiMariano Family Dentistry
July 14, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

You can finally get that straighter smile without others even seeing your braces.

Braces often feel like a rite of passage when you are a child or early teen. But once you hit a certain age you may feel like that ship has invisalignsailed and you just have to accept your smile as it is. Fortunately, our Sacramento dentist Dr. Shaina DiMariano has a way that you can finally get your ideal smile without needing a mouth full of metal.

How Invisalign Fits into Your Lifestyle

With any type of treatment, you’ll need to be dedicated to the process. Fortunately, Invisalign makes it easy. These clear, removable aligners are worn for about 20 to 22 hours each day for two weeks, after which you replace them with the new set in your treatment series. You can remove your aligners when you eat and when you brush and floss your teeth, making it easy to continue living your life the way you always have without worrying about metal brackets and wires getting in the way.

Here are some wonderful ways Invisalign can seamlessly fit into your world:

For the Working Adult

Whether you are running a company or teaching a class, having visible braces can certainly put a damper on your working world. But Invisalign aligners were designed to be nearly invisible, so those around you will notice what you have to say and not a mouth full of metal.

For the College Student

Even late teens and young adults don’t want to have to go through their college years wearing metal on their teeth for years. But when they get Invisalign in Sacramento, CA we can take the embarrassment out of wearing braces. When you get something as easy to care for and wear as Invisalign you can spend more time on more important things like your studies.

For the Dating World

It can certainly be a challenge going out on a date sporting metal braces. But you won’t have to be worried about wearing your Invisalign while on your next romantic outing. Plus, you can easily remove your aligners while eating so you can enjoy all your favorite foods without restrictions. Take photos for your dating profiles without worrying that people will notice your Invisalign. It’s wonderfully discreet.

Does Invisalign sound like the orthodontic treatment you’ve been looking for? Then don’t delay. Call DiMariano Family Dentistry & Orthodontics in Sacramento today to schedule your initial consultation to find out if Invisalign is right for you.