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- What are braces?
- What conditions do braces fix?
- Why should I get braces?
- When should I get braces?
- Conditions treated by braces
- What are braces?
- What are some conditions treated by braces?
- How do braces treat crowded teeth?
- How do braces treat gapped teeth?
- How do braces treat misaligned teeth?
- Can braces correct bite problems?
- Ceramic Braces
- What are ceramic braces?
- What are some of the benefits of ceramic braces?
- Am I a good candidate for ceramic braces?
- How long does treatment with ceramic braces take?
- Is it possible to stain ceramic braces?
- What is Invisalign?
- What conditions does Invisalign treat?
- How does Invisalign treat crowded teeth?
- How does Invisalign treat gapped teeth?
- How does Invisalign treat misaligned teeth?
- Can Invisalign correct bite problems?
There’s a reason that braces have been the go-to orthodontic system for decades: they work. Whittier Dental Clinic in Whittier, California, helps its patients achieve straighter and healthier smiles with braces that are efficient and effective. To learn more about how Whittier Dental Clinic can improve your smile with braces, schedule your free consultation today by calling the office or booking online. Affordable Braces for all ages- We approve everyone for financing.
What are braces?
Braces are a classic orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth and bites that are crooked or misaligned.
Braces are composed of bands, wires, and brackets. The brackets are bonded to the front portion of your tooth, and the archwire is threaded through the brackets. Then the bands a wrap around the brackets to keep the archwire in place. Tightening the archwire exerts pressure on your teeth, which gradually moves them into a straighter position over a period of time.
Your braces will need to be adjusted periodically while your teeth move into place. You’ll typically come into Whittier Dental Clinic for this procedure every month. Depending on where your teeth are starting upon treatment, straightening teeth with braces can either take as little as a few months, or as long as a few years.
What conditions do braces fix?
Braces are an effective treatment for correcting:
- Gaps between teeth
- Crooked or overcrowded teeth
- Underbites, where the front teeth bite down behind the lower teeth
- Overbites, where the upper front teeth come out too far over the lower teeth
- Other jaw misalignments that create an uneven bite
Many people also choose braces as a cosmetic treatment to improve their smile by straightening generally uneven teeth.
Why should I get braces?
Straightening out misaligned teeth and jaws can have a number of benefits for your oral health, such as:
- Easier-to-clean teeth, thus reducing your risk of cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease
- More evenly distributed force when you bite down, reducing the wear and tear on your teeth
- Improved ability to speak properly
Braces can also improve the appearance of your smile, which can boost confidence and increase self-esteem.
When should I get braces?
Whittier Dental Clinic recommends having a consultation for braces when your child’s final baby teeth are loose. At this stage, your child’s teeth and jaw are still growing, and braces can be a helpful tool to treat complex problems. By starting and completing treatment in your child’s early jaw and facial development, your orthodontist can help to achieve better harmony between the function, aesthetics, and overall health of your child’s smile.
To learn more about how braces can improve your smile, schedule an appointment with Saman Edalat D.D.S. today by calling the office or booking a visit online.
Conditions treated by braces
Crowded teeth, gapped teeth, and misaligned teeth are all conditions treated by braces. If you’re unhappy with the aesthetic appearance of your smile, orthodontic treatment is worth considering. At Whittier Dental Clinic in Whittier, California, the team of expert orthodontists regularly works with patients of all ages to correct orthodontic conditions treated by braces. Affordable Braces for all ages- We approve everyone for financing, if you’re interested to see if you’re a candidate for braces, request a consultation today by calling the office.
What are braces?
Dental braces are orthodontic devices used to align and straighten your teeth. They can also help position your bite, correct gaps and spaces between your teeth, and improve your oral hygiene. If you are embarrassed when you laugh, speak, or smile, you may benefit from orthodontic treatment with braces.
What are some conditions treated by braces?
At Whittier Dental Clinic the team regularly uses braces to treat a variety of conditions, including:
- Crowded teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Open bite
The team might also recommend orthodontic treatment with braces if you have an underbite or overbite.
How do braces treat crowded teeth?
Overcrowding occurs when there isn’t enough space in your mouth to support all of your teeth. When this happens, your teeth press against one another, which can cause some to sit higher than others. It can also cause your teeth to push each other out of alignment, making them difficult to access, brush, or floss.
Braces use brackets, wires, and rubber bands to apply constant pressure to crowded teeth. Over time, this causes them to move into their proper position, straightening your teeth, and aligning your smile.
How do braces treat gapped teeth?
If you have gaps or spaces between your teeth, you might also benefit from orthodontic treatment with braces. Sometimes, gaps develop between your teeth due to your genetics; other times, they occur as a result of your unique mouth structure. No matter the cause of the gaps between your teeth, braces can help.
Traditional braces use the tension of wires, brackets, and rubber bands to slowly but surely pull your teeth together. By wearing braces for a period of between 12-18 months, you can achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of.
How do braces treat misaligned teeth?
Misalignment, also known as malocclusion, causes your teeth to rotate or twist. You’re more likely to have misaligned teeth if you were born with a cleft palate, or you’ve suffered a previous jaw injury.
Fortunately, dental braces can address and improve this common problem. Traditional braces use brackets, wires, and rubber bands to move your teeth gently into place over an extended period. Braces can also lower your risk of tooth decay and limit pain caused by misalignment.
Can braces correct bite problems?
Yes. The team at Whittier Dental Clinic also uses braces to correct several different bite problems, including:
- Open bite
If you want to have an orthodontic treatment plan designed just for you, make an appointment with the team at Whittier Dental Clinic today.
Many people avoid orthodontic treatment because they don’t want to wear traditional metallic braces. At Whittier Dental Clinic in Whittier, California, the team of expert orthodontists offers a number of treatment options, including ceramic braces. If you dream of achieving a straighter and more aesthetically pleasing smile, call or use the online booking tool to request your free consultation today.
Ceramic Braces Q & A
What are ceramic braces?
Ceramic braces are very similar to traditional braces, but instead of using metal brackets and wires, they feature a clear or tooth-colored framework. Ceramic braces blend in more naturally with your teeth, so they’re an excellent option if you want a more attractive smile, but feel self-conscious about wearing an oral appliance.
What are some of the benefits of ceramic braces?
Ceramic braces offer an array of benefits over traditional metal braces. Ceramic braces are customizable; metal braces only come in one color, but ceramic braces come in all colors of the rainbow.
They’re also far more discreet than traditional metal braces, due to clear and tooth-colored options being available.
Ceramic braces also don’t interfere with diagnostic imaging tests like X-rays. Traditional metallic braces often cause interference.
Am I a good candidate for ceramic braces?
Anyone who has all of their adult teeth but is unhappy with the aesthetic appearance of their smile can benefit from ceramic braces.
Ceramic braces are also a good choice if you want to keep your braces discreet. This makes them an excellent treatment option for busy professionals, working parents, and college students.
How long does treatment with ceramic braces take?
The length of orthodontic treatment varies from patient to patient and depends on your aesthetic goals for treatment. Generally, ceramic braces take between 18-36 months to straighten your teeth.
Ceramic braces aren’t as tough as metal braces, so as your teeth move, the team regularly replaces your brackets. Be patient and follow your Whittier Dental Clinic provider’s instructions as carefully as possible.
Is it possible to stain ceramic braces?
Ceramic braces are stain-resistant, but the elastic ties that connect them to your brace’s wires aren’t. To prevent stains on your ceramic braces:
- Brush and floss regularly
- Avoid dark-colored beverages like coffee and soda
- Avoid foods that stain like pasta sauce and blueberries
- Visit your orthodontist regularly
If you wear ceramic braces, you’ll also want to quit smoking and using chewing tobacco, as both products can leave yellow or brown stains on your teeth and the components of your braces.
Orthodontic treatment options like ceramic braces provide an effective and subtle means of achieving a Hollywood-worthy smile. To request your consultation at Whittier Dental Clinic today, call the office or use the online booking tool.
For patients who want to straighten their smile with a treatment that’s convenient, comfortable, and discreet, there’s simply no better option than Invisalign®. Whittier Dental Clinic in Whittier, California, offers Invisalign to all of its patients who want a straighter and healthier smile. Learn more about what Invisalign can do for you by booking your free consultation today online or by calling our office. Affordable Invisalign- We do not check credit-everyone is approved for financing.
Invisalign Q & A
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that shifts your teeth into proper alignment with a series of clear plastic retainers. Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional metal braces that can get you the same results with less time and hassle.
What conditions does Invisalign treat?
Invisalign treats many of the same orthodontic conditions as traditional metal braces, like:
- Gap teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Open bite
Many patients also use Invisalign to get generally straighter teeth and to correct mild to moderate dental misalignments.
What is the process for getting Invisalign?
First, your dentist takes an impression of your mouth that’s used to make a virtual rendering of your smile. This virtual smile is manipulated to map out all of the necessary “steps” it needs to get into proper alignment.
Each one of those “steps” is then turned into a set of aligners—one for your top teeth and one for your bottom teeth. Your aligners fit snugly and exert a small amount of pressure that gradually moves your teeth into their target alignment.
You wear the aligners for at least 22 hours a day, and take them out only to eat, brush, or floss. You’ll move on to the next aligner in your series every two weeks until you’ve reached your target alignment. In as little as nine months, Invisalign aligners can get your teeth in their target alignment.
Why should I get Invisalign?
Invisalign is a state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment with a number of advantages over traditional metal braces, like:
The clear plastic that Invisalign aligners are made from is nearly unnoticeable to anyone who doesn’t know that you’re wearing them.
You can help your teeth get into their target alignment quicker with Invisalign, and up to 50% faster in some cases.
Easier brushing and flossing
With braces, there’s a whole set of tools and techniques that you need to master in order to keep your teeth clean. With Invisalign, you just take out your aligner and brush and floss as you would normally.
Unlike braces, Invisalign aligners don’t shred the inside of your mouth. The clear plastic material fits snugly around your teeth and feels smooth in your mouth.
You can get your dream smile with Invisalign. Schedule your appointment today with Whittier Dental Clinic to start moving toward a healthier, straighter smile. You can book your appointment by calling the office or scheduling online.
How does Invisalign treat crowded teeth?
If your jaw doesn’t have enough room to fit all of your teeth, they might bunch up, overlap, or twist. Not only does this negatively impact the appearance of your smile, but it also makes brushing and flossing more difficult.
Invisalign aligners can fix crowded teeth. The team at Whittier Dental Clinic creates a custom set of aligners that fit the unique contours of your teeth and gums. Slowly but surely, they apply pressure to your teeth, moving them into place.
How does Invisalign treat gapped teeth?
If you have extra space between one or more of your teeth, you have gapped teeth. When you have gapped teeth, pockets develop that collect food and plaque. Without proper care, these pockets may cause cavities or gum disease.
Invisalign oral aligners can close gaps between teeth. Before Invisalign treatment, your Whittier Dental Clinic provider creates a custom mold of your teeth. Every 1-2 weeks, you return to the office to receive a new set of Invisalign aligners. Over a few months’ time, the aligners gradually close the gaps between your teeth.
How does Invisalign treat misaligned teeth?
If you have misaligned teeth, you’re more likely to bite your cheeks, tongue, and lips when chewing or biting. Crooked or twisted teeth are also harder to clean.
Invisalign aligners address misaligned teeth by placing just the right amount of force and pressure on them. Over time, this straightens and aligns them, restoring your smile to a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing condition.
Can Invisalign correct bite problems?
Yes. The team at Whittier Dental Clinic also uses Invisalign aligners to correct common bite problems, including:
- Open bite
If you’re interested in having an orthodontic treatment plan designed just for you, make an appointment at Whittier Dental Clinic today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool. It’s the first step toward a more confident smile.