Orthodontics Whittier CA

Orthodontics

ORTHODONTICS IN WHITTIER, CA

Do you have crooked teeth? Are you so embarrassed by your crooked or crowded teeth that you often hide your smile? If so, you should consider investing in orthodontic options from your Whittier dentist. Braces and clear aligners can help straighten your teeth. They do this by applying continuous yet gentle pressure on the teeth so that they’ll slowly shift into their correct positions. When your bite is in proper alignment, you’ll have a straighter, more beautiful smile.

What Orthodontic Treatment Options Are Provided by Dentists of Whittier?

To straighten your teeth, we’ll use one of two types of straightening appliances in most cases: traditional braces and clear aligners. In addition to these tools, we can also use other appliances for more complex cases or to maintain your smile once you’re out of ortho. These include (but aren’t limited to):

What Do I Need to Know About Metal Braces?

We use high-quality, USA-made titanium brackets so that your braces are strong and durable. Other offices may choose cheaper options, but we want to ensure that your orthodontic experience doesn’t result in more trips to the dentist than is necessary.

The great thing about modern metal braces is that they are strong, durable, and affordable. They work for people of all ages, and we can customize them with various color options, both for the brackets and the elastics.

What Are the Components of Metal Braces?

Metal braces consist of the following components:

  • Metal brackets: These are tiny squares made of metal, though some come in plastic and ceramic. The metal can come in different colors, and we can even match the color of your teeth.
  • Archwires: This is a long, thin, curved wire that fits into the center of each metal bracket. It acts as a guidance system to help your teeth shift into their proper position. These wires come in metal or clear, or we can match the shade of your teeth.
  • Elastic bands, ties, ligatures: Rubber bands of various sizes are wrapped around each bracket to hold the archwire in place or to attach to the headgear. The bands come in a multitude of colors.
  • Springs: Sometimes, springs are used to provide extra leverage to either move the teeth together or to gently draw them apart.
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What About Ceramic Braces?

Ceramic or porcelain braces are very similar to traditional metal braces. They are a safe, effective way to align your teeth.

Typically, patients report that the porcelain brackets are smoother and more comfortable than metal brackets, resulting in less lip, tongue, and cheek irritation and soreness.

Other benefits of ceramic or clear braces:

  • Durability: You might think metal braces are the only strong option, but ceramic brackets are also quite durable.
  • Less image interference: Metal braces inhibit what we can see in digital x-ray imaging. Porcelain brackets don’t obscure the image, so we can easily check the health of your teeth and jawbone.
  • Cost-effective: Clear braces cost slightly more than metal braces due to the price of the materials used to make them. However, they’re often less expensive than other options, such as Invisalign® aligners.
  • Aesthetically pleasing: Finally, ceramic braces can match the color of your teeth. Though not invisible, they aren’t nearly as noticeable as metal braces.

What Do I Need to Know About Invisalign®?

Invisalign® clear aligners are a fast, discreet way to get straighter teeth. Hardly anyone will notice that you’re wearing them! They’re incredibly comfortable, too.

Another benefit of Invisalign® is that they’re removable. You’ll need to wear them the majority of the day, but you can remove them at times, which is helpful in certain situations, such as:

  • Taking photos
  • Your wedding, prom, or other special events
  • Giving a presentation

Because they are removable, you can eat with ease. You don’t have to worry about avoiding certain foods. Simply take them out, eat whatever you want, brush your teeth (or at least rinse your mouth), and then place the aligners back in.

Another perk of being able to remove your aligners is that it makes oral hygiene so much easier. You can floss and brush as per usual, which helps ensure that you maintain the health of your teeth and gums throughout the orthodontic process.

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Committed to Providing You with a More Beautiful Smile

We understand how crooked teeth can hinder a person’s confidence. We want to help. Our orthodontist will work with you to find the orthodontic treatment option that will fit your needs best. We want to ensure that once you’ve completed your orthodontic care, you’re left with teeth and gums that are healthy and strong and a smile that you can’t wait to show off!

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