Orthodontics in Altadena
COMPREHENSIVE ADULT AND TEEN FUNCTIONAL ORTHODONTICS
Orthodontics is the art of using special appliances to straighten and align the teeth, jawbones, and bite. Orthodontic care may need to begin as early as age 5.
Braces are the most common orthodontic treatment. In this method, arch wires are threaded through brackets that are bonded to the surface of the teeth.The arch wires act as a track, and guide each tooth to its proper position. There are several types of orthodontic braces available, including the more traditional metal braces, ceramic "tooth colored" braces, as well as clear plastic braces. Invisalign is another popular option for teeth alignment.
Functional Orthodontics is way of working with the natural growth pattern to correct bone and jaw joint disharmony. Appliances made of plastic and wire, like retainers, can move bones as well as teeth and work with the body's natural growth in 6-16 year old children.
For some teens and most adults we offer Invisalign clear aligners. Invisalign treatment has some advantages over traditional metal braces and some disadvantages. There are certain tooth movements that are much easier for Invisalign and a few movements that braces can do better. Our research and experience will help decide the better treatment in each individual case.
New research is showing that adding a daily mild vibration treatment while in Invisalign or traditional braces can stimulate teeth to move much quicker. This involves additional cost and discipline but it can shorten treatment time by as much as 30-50%
We do all 4 types of orthodontics at our practice as well as other cosmetic and functional treatments. Ask us today about what we can do to help you get a straighter, more beautiful smile.
Please call us to schedule a free consultation or second opinion. 626-798-7645