Orthodontic treatment allows our Valencia cosmetic dentists to straighten the teeth of children and adults, giving them beautiful smiles. At our Santa Clarita-area office, we tailor our orthodontics to the needs of our patients. We understand the different dental priorities of both children and adults and cater to their unique needs.
In order to take full advantage of natural bone growth, it is important for children to receive an orthodontic examination when they are seven or eight years old. By the age of 10, most bone growth is already complete and, although we can still straighten the teeth, in many cases it is no longer possible to create proper facial symmetry without surgery. When a face does not have proper proportions, a nose might look too big, there might be a gummy smile, or a weak chin. Caught early enough, many of these issues can be corrected or at least minimized with orthodontics.
Another benefit of early orthodontic care is that we rarely need to extract any permanent teeth to straighten the smile. Our office has seen many adult patients with breathing problems, snoring problems, obstructive sleep apnea, and TMJ that we believe would have been less severe if their permanent teeth had not been extracted for orthodontic reasons when they were kids.
For adults, it is never too late to undergo orthodontic treatment in order to straighten your teeth and improve the appearance of your smile. In fact, the most common comment we hear from our adult patients who have received orthodontic treatment is, “Why did I wait so long?” Elite Smiles Family Dentistry & Orthodontics offer adults a variety of orthodontic treatments, including traditional braces, removable appliances, and Invisalign®. When you schedule a consultation at our office, we will go over your treatment options and help you determine the best course of action to meet your needs. So if straight teeth are what you’ve always wanted, don’t wait any longer. Isn’t it time you loved your smile and how you look in pictures?
Invisalign is a new system of straightening teeth without the use of conventional braces. A series of clear plastic aligners are utilized to create tooth movement. Moving teeth with removable aligners is not new. However, the computer program, which can generate a series of aligners with small changes is the new part. Invisalign is recommended for orthodontic situations with mild to moderate spacing or crowding. They are virtually undetectable, easy to use and comfortable to wear.
Whether you’re an adult or a teen, we all want to look our best at all times. Changing the way your teeth are structured takes time and there are now ways to keep you looking your best during this period. Clear braces or ceramic braces are translucent. This new technology is available for most cases. The great benefit of these braces is that you won’t have to have that metallic look. In addition, clear braces are specifically designed so that they won’t stain or wear over time.
Traditional braces have been around for many years. They are the standard among patients looking to straighten their smile. Today’s contemporary braces are made of exceptionally strong metals as they need to be able to stand the test of time while they are on your teeth. While contemporary braces are metallic colored, there are a number of bands and features that can be utilized to spruce them up. Give us a call today so we can discuss in more detail about getting you that perfect smile!