Choosing Your Invisalign Dentist

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Invisalign is one of the most popular orthodontic treatments today. It straightens teeth without any wires or metal, and combines comfort with aesthetics for a solution that works for teens and adults alike. Our expert in orthodontics in Los Angeles offers Invisalign, and can help you decide if it is right for you.

All dentists must complete training in general dentistry for a DMD or a DDS. After that, orthodontists complete an additional two to three years of training in orthodontics. Orthodontic training focuses on treating jaw and tooth irregularities. Although general dentists can complete Invisalign training, orthodontists have additional skills and experience that enable them to tackle even the toughest problems.

When choosing an Invisalign dentist, you are choosing a dentist to work with for at least twelve to eighteen months. This dentist will be designing your new smile. This should be a dentist with whom you feel comfortable and relaxed. You should feel confident that this dentist listens to you, understands your goals, and shares your vision for your smile. Ask to see before-and-after pictures so that you can have an idea of what you can expect.

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Best Age for Orthodontic Treatments

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The American Association of Orthodontics recommends children start a dental treatment plan at the age of 7. This plan will start with simple evaluation, as adult teeth start to come in. Any problems the child has can be diagnosed and treated either with braces or appliances. For instance, if the child’s upper arch is too small for their mouth, the doctor may prescribe a palatal expander to ensure the permanent teeth will grow in properly. This practice is called interceptive dentistry.

Most kids get their adult teeth between the ages of 8 and 14. Before all of them erupt, it may be possible to guarantee their best positioning with dental appliances. This makes braces easier down the road.

Not all children evolve the same way. But you can do your child a favor by watching for the following symptoms:

• Excessive spacing
• Open bite
• Crossbite (front or back)
• Overjet
• Abnormal eruptions

Thumbsucking and mouth breathing are also warning signs, with the former contributing largely to overjet.

Our orthodontist in Van Nuys follows the industry trend of prescribing braces between the ages of 8 and 14, while the jaws are still malleable. A few decades ago, it was common for kids to receive braces much later, while already in high school.

For more, contact your Van Nuys cosmetic dentist.

What are Self Ligating Braces?

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The dental and orthodontic worlds have evolved. Where braces were virtually the only option for patients requiring straighter teeth and realigned smiles, they are now only one of many choices available. Invisalign aligners are just one of several different appliances used alongside traditional braces. With all this new competition, how are braces going to keep up?

Fortunately, braces have evolved, too. While traditional metal braces are still an option, patients can also choose between some modified looks. Clear and ceramic braces offer the same treatment, but with brackets either transparent or matching the color of the teeth. Self-ligating braces for our orthodontist in San Francisco are also a popular option.

Traditional braces use ligatures, or small prongs, on the brackets that small rubber bands are wrapped around. The bands are used to keep the archwire in place. Self-ligating braces features brackets that open and close around the wire, locking it in place, eliminating the need for prongs or bands. This allows for smaller, sleeker looking brackets. Patients can therefore enjoy their treatment with much less metal in their mouth throughout the process.

Self-ligating braces are best for patients who require only mild corrections. To find out of you are a good candidate, schedule an appointment with our expert in self-ligating braces in San Francisco.

Choosing Your Kids’ Orthodontist

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Basic qualifications for an orthodontist include completion of dental school and an orthodontic residency program. For the best orthodontic experience, however, you may want to take other considerations into account as well as you choose the orthodontist who gives your child straight teeth. Here is a look at factors to consider.

Availability of Different Treatments

Many modern patients prefer braces other than the traditional metal ones. Unfortunately, not all orthodontists offer alternatives, such as ceramic braces and lingual braces. Ask orthodontists whether they provide these treatments if you are considering them for your child.

Flexible Scheduling

Orthodontic treatment requires regular appointments for adjustments and progress checking. To avoid having to delay treatment progress due to scheduling conflicts, choose an orthodontist who offers care during the hours convenient for you and your child.

Friendly Treatment

An orthodontist, staff, and office that make your child feel comfortable will provide the best treatment experience. If your child does not dread orthodontic appointments, he or she may feel more motivated to comply with treatment requirements.

The American Association of Orthodontists provides a website directory for reputable braces providers. Our kids orthodontist in Torrance, a member of the AAO, offers consultations for parents who want to learn more about our treatment options and standards.

What Are Some of the Orthodontic Appliances that Can Help Straighten My Teeth?

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Everyone wants straight teeth, but not every person goes the same route to get them. While some may do best with traditional wire and bracket (metal) braces, others would do best with other forms of orthodontia. Our Los Angeles orthodontist is well-trained to spot what would work best for any given patient, which is largely dependent on their goals, finances, age and overall oral health.

Any candidate for orthodontics must be current on their dental checkups and cleanings, and gum disease must be minimal or controlled before braces, Invisalign or other forms of orthodontics can commence.

Importance of Orthodontic Treatments in Children’s Dental Health

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According to the American Association of Orthodontics, children should have their first orthodontic evaluation by the time they are seven. This evaluation can provide our dentist an opportunity to check your child for problems that could be treated at an earlier date.

Early orthodontics treatments may look different from later treatments. They can be used to guide the growth of the jaw and reduce the need for future orthodontic treatment. Most orthodontic problems are visible by the time a child turns seven and when the permanent teeth erupt into place. Bones are still growing, which allows us more options.

Most early orthodontics treatments are used in conjunction with more conventional treatments as well, such as braces. Call us today to learn more about available early orthodontic treatments or to schedule a
consultation for your child with our Cupertino orthodontics expert.

Orthodontic Treatments for Adults

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Many people probably associate orthodontic care and visits with teenagers and metal braces. Some may not realize that orthodontics is a distinct dental area specializing in fixing alignment issues involving the teeth and jaw. This problem is commonly referred to as poor bite or more medically, malocclusion. If your dentist or orthodontist alerts you to this problem, you may have a choice between immediate or later treatment, depending on the seriousness of your alignment issues.

Receiving orthodontic treatment can help you avoid later more serious dental issues like gum disease, tooth decay, or even tooth loss. Our orthodontists in Cupertino offer several orthodontic treatment options for adults. Braces are one of the most popular treatments, as they are able to both fill in teeth gaps and create more space for crowded teeth. Any teeth in strange positions can also be fixed with braces.

Apart from traditional metal braces, our orthodontists also offer ceramic braces. These braces involve ceramic brackets placed on the teeth, chosen to match the color of your natural teeth so as to be less apparent. Adults often do not desire the attention braces tend to attract. An even sleeker braces option is Invisalign. This treatment involves wearing a series of clear plastic aligners that adjust your teeth gradually over time.

Call today to schedule a consultation with our Cupertino CA Invisalign expert for Invisalign or any other type of orthodontic treatment.