Mission Viejo & Fullerton, CA
Orthodontists in Southern California
Cosmetic Orthodontic Dentistry in Fullerton & Mission Viejo, CA
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that corrects teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly. Crooked teeth and teeth that do not fit together correctly are harder to keep clean, are at risk of being lost early due to tooth decay and periodontal disease, and cause extra stress on the chewing muscles that can lead to headaches, TMJ syndrome and neck, shoulder and back pain. Teeth that are crooked or not in the right place can also detract from one’s appearance.
The benefits of orthodontic treatment include a healthier mouth, a more pleasing appearance, and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime.
How do I know if I need Orthodontics?
Based on diagnostic tools that include a full medical and dental health history, a clinical exam, plaster models of your teeth, and special X-rays and photographs, our Board Certified Orthodontist can decide whether orthodontics is recommended, as well as, develop a customized treatment plan that’s right for you.
If you have any of the following, you may be a candidate for orthodontic treatment:
- Overbite, sometimes called “buck teeth” — where the upper front teeth lie too far forward (stick out) over the lower teeth
- Underbite — a “bulldog” appearance where the lower teeth are too far forward or the upper teeth too far back
- Crossbite — when the upper teeth do not come down slightly in front of the lower teeth when biting together normally
- Open Bite — space between the biting surfaces of the front and/or side teeth when the back teeth bite together
- Misplaced Midline — when the center of your upper front teeth does not line up with the center of your lower front teeth
- Spacing — gaps, or spaces, between the teeth as a result of missing teeth or teeth that do not “fill up” the mouth
- Crowding — when there are too many teeth for the dental ridge to accommodate
How does Orthodontic treatment work?
Many different types of appliances, both fixed and removable, are used to help move teeth, retrain muscles and affect the growth of the jaws. These appliances work by placing gentle pressure on the teeth and jaws. The severity of your problem will determine which orthodontic approach is likely to be the most effective.
In an underbite, the lower jaw is longer than the upper which causes the lower teeth to protrude in front of the upper teeth. It is best to diagnose the problem early.
Orthodontic technology keeps advancing, and Smile Wide is a progressive practice that continually keeps pace with new developments. The new technologies we adopt allow us to achieve:
- More accurate diagnoses
- More precise treatment plans
- Less conspicuous braces and teeth-straightening systems
- Quicker treatment times
- Less pain and discomfort during orthodontic treatment and dental work
- Fewer check-ups
- More efficient scheduling and customer service
Types of Braces
These work in the same way as traditional braces, but the brackets are made from a clear, transparent sapphire crystal. The braces are less visible to others, which makes them a popular choice for adults who need orthodontic treatment.
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What do orthodontists do?
Orthodontists are dental professionals that identify and treat abnormalities with tooth position, alignment, and spacing, as well as other facial and jaw anomalies. To remedy these issues, a variety of treatments are performed, including braces and other dental appliances.
Why should I (or my loved ones) get orthodontic treatment?
There are two compelling reasons for this: beauty and utility. Having a beautiful grin not only impacts how others perceive you, but it also improves your own self-esteem. Orthodontic therapy also improves the function of your teeth and makes it easier to clean them, which can benefit your overall health.
When should orthodontic treatment be started?
You’re never too old to start orthodontic treatment, but if you begin sooner rather than later, your issues may be easier to address. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, a kid who may require orthodontic treatment should have their first appointment around the age of seven.
How can I recognize a potential bite problem?
Teeth that are projecting, packed together, or erupting out of position are all signs that you should seek treatment. Mouth breathing, frequent chewing of the face or palate, speech difficulties, and thumb sucking that lasts longer than 3-4 years are less evident indicators. If teeth don’t fit together properly as the mouth closes, or if the jaws make noises or shift as they move, this could be an indication of an orthodontic problem.
Does getting braces hurt? What about wearing them?
Braces are usually painless to put on. Minor aches and pains are common in the first few days or so as people acclimatize to wearing their equipment; occasional adjustments can also cause soreness, though this usually only lasts a few days. Over-the-counter pain medicines can be helpful in some cases, but they are usually unnecessary.
How long will treatment take?
It varies from person to person, but the active portion of therapy (wearing braces or other equipment) might take anywhere from 6 to 30 months. Following that, a retainer is worn for at least another few months.
How often will I come in for an appointment?
It depends on what you’re doing and how frequently you need to be watched. You’ll normally visit the office once every 4 to 10 weeks during active treatment.
Will I need to have any teeth extracted?
Extraction may be essential if your teeth are highly crowded (because your mouth is too small to fit all of them) or if you have impacted teeth (teeth that are trapped beneath the gum line by other teeth). Early treatment in the case of younger patients may eliminate the need for extraction.
Will I have to watch what I eat?
Yes, you should avoid things that could cause damage to your braces or cause them to become trapped. Raw veggies, hard candies, caramel, taffy, and ice cubes are just a few examples (fortunately, ice cream is OK). You’ll be given a list of foods to stay away from.
Will I be able to play sports/ play my instrument?
In a nutshell, yes. Of course, whether or not you have braces, we recommend that you use a mouthguard while participating in most sports. Musicians can usually continue to play their instruments as they did before, but braces may require a little adjustment period.
Do I still need to see my regular dentist while I’m getting orthodontic treatment?
You do, and it’s more vital now than it’s ever been! When you’re wearing braces, keeping your teeth clear of plaque (and potentially decay) can be difficult. With regular cleanings and exams, your dentist can help you avoid these issues.
Will I wear a retainer when my braces come off?
The answer is almost always yes: if you don’t wear a retainer, your teeth can quickly shift out of position, wiping out all of your hard work! Your retainer ensures that you have a beautiful smile for the rest of your life.
Is orthodontic care very expensive?
Orthodontic treatment is an investment in your long-term health and well-being. However, its price hasn’t increased as quickly as many other consumer items, and there are a variety of financing solutions available to make orthodontic treatment more reasonable. However, when compared to the genuine expense of living with crooked teeth, orthodontic treatment might be a good investment.