Paul Austin Orthodontics


Transform your smile with our comprehensive braces services. Choose from traditional braces for proven results, or clear ceramic braces for a more subtle look. Each option is tailored to meet your unique needs and ensure a radiant, confidence-boosting smile.

Traditional Braces



Orthodontic Services

traditional Braces

Traditional braces, often referred to as metal braces, are one of the most common types of orthodontic treatment. They are made up of small metal brackets that are bonded to the front of each tooth, connected by a thin archwire. This wire applies gentle pressure to gradually shift the teeth into the desired position. Small rubber bands, or ligatures, are used to secure the wire to the brackets.

Advantages of Traditional Braces

  • Cost-effectiveness: Traditional braces are usually the least expensive orthodontic treatment option, making them a popular choice for many families and individuals on a budget.
  • Durability: Made of high-grade stainless steel, traditional braces are very durable and resilient. They can withstand most types of daily wear and tear, which makes them a reliable choice.
  • Suitability for All Ages: Traditional braces are suitable for both children and adults. Their strength and versatility make them a good choice for patients of all ages with various orthodontic needs.
  • Ability to Handle Complex Cases: Traditional braces are extremely effective at correcting even the most complex dental and orthodontic issues, such as severe crowding, misalignment, or large gaps between teeth.

Disadvantages of Traditional Braces

  • Visibility: One of the most common complaints about traditional braces is their visibility. Some people may feel self-conscious about their appearance while wearing metal braces.
  • Initial Discomfort: When first getting traditional braces or after adjustments, patients may experience some discomfort or soreness. However, this usually subsides after a few days as the mouth adjusts.
  • Food Restrictions: While wearing traditional braces, patients must avoid certain foods that can damage the braces. This includes hard, sticky, or very crunchy foods. Careful attention to diet can help ensure the braces stay intact and functional.
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Clear Braces

Clear braces, the cutting-edge solution to align teeth discreetly, work similarly to traditional braces. These virtually invisible orthodontic tools consist of transparent ceramic brackets, blending with your natural tooth color. The brackets are 3D printed using Lightforce technology for an exact fit to your teeth, applying steady pressure over time, and guiding teeth into their proper positions. We specialize in clear braces, offering a seamless journey to a confident smile.

Advantages of Clear Braces

  • Invisibility: One of the main reasons patients choose clear braces is their low visibility. Unlike metal braces, clear braces are designed to blend with the color of your teeth, making them less noticeable. This makes them an ideal choice for both adults and teens who wish to undergo orthodontic treatment without the aesthetic concern of metal braces.

  • Confidence: The discreet nature of clear braces means they’re less likely to affect your self-esteem or confidence. They allow you to smile, talk, and engage in social or professional situations without feeling self-conscious about your orthodontic treatment.

  • Effective Treatment: Despite their different appearance, clear braces operate on the same fundamental principles as traditional braces. They apply consistent pressure to the teeth to gradually move them into their correct positions. This means they are just as effective in treating a wide range of orthodontic issues, from minor misalignments to more complex dental cases.

Disadvantages of Clear Braces

  • Staining: One downside of clear braces is their potential to stain. If you consume strongly-colored foods or drinks like coffee, tea, red wine, or tomato sauce, the clear brackets can take on a discolored appearance over time. However, this can be mitigated with proper oral hygiene and regular professional cleanings.

  • Fragility: While clear braces are made from durable ceramic material, they’re not as tough as metal braces. This means they may break or chip more easily. Patients with clear braces should avoid biting into hard foods and should always wear a mouthguard when playing contact sports.

  • Cost: Clear braces are usually more expensive than traditional metal braces. The higher cost can be attributed to the material used and the technology involved in their design and manufacture. If you’re considering clear braces, be sure to talk with us about our convenient payment plans. 

Clear Braces Overview

About Lightforce Technology

Discover LightForce technology, revolutionizing orthodontics with fully-customized, 3D-printed braces. Leveraging advanced software and 3D printing, LightForce offers precise and personalized treatment for each patient. This cutting-edge technology streamlines the process, reduces adjustments, and ultimately enhances comfort, bringing a new level of efficiency to orthodontic care. LightForce is redefining braces, making treatment more effective, faster, and tailored to individual needs.

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Lingual Braces

Explore lingual braces, the invisible yet effective orthodontic solution. Located behind the teeth, they ensure a discreet treatment experience. Designed to correct complex dental issues, these braces are personalized for each patient’s unique dental structure. Consider lingual braces for an aesthetic, efficient, and custom-made approach to achieving a perfect smile. Schedule a consultation to see if lingual braces are right for you.

Advantages of Lingual Braces:

  • Aesthetically Pleasing: Lingual braces are virtually invisible as they’re placed behind the teeth, which makes them a great option for those conscious about their appearance.
  • Effective Treatment: These braces provide superior results for complex dental conditions including overcrowding, crossbites, and large gaps.
  • Customization: Each set of lingual braces is custom-made to fit the unique shape of the patient’s teeth, providing a personalized and efficient treatment experience.

Disadvantages of Lingual Braces:

  • Cleaning Difficulty: The hidden location of lingual braces makes them more challenging to clean, which can potentially lead to oral health issues if not properly maintained.
  • Initial Discomfort and Speech Issues: Lingual braces can cause initial discomfort and temporary speech issues like a lisp, until the user adapts to the appliance.
  • Extended Treatment Duration: The treatment duration for lingual braces could be longer compared to other orthodontic solutions.
Paul Austin Orthodontics

Why Choose Braces With Us?

Braces for
Kids & Adults

Enhance your family's smiles with top-notch orthodontic care at Paul Austin Orthodontics in Santa Monica. Experience the transformative power of braces for kids and adults, including the popular options of ceramic braces and lingual braces. We're committed to always delivering exceptional results, ensuring both children and adults receive the personalized treatment they deserve.

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Braces Cost?

Looking for affordable, quality braces options? We understand the importance of a confident smile, and our experienced team is dedicated to providing high-quality orthodontic services tailored to your specific needs. Whether you're considering braces for kids or adults, we offer competitive pricing plans without compromising on the level of care.

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