2625 West Alameda Ave. Suite 220
Burbank, CA 91505
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that specializes in diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Braces, aligners, fixed and removable appliances and other tools and devices are used to straighten teeth, align jaws, and correct bites by applying gentle forces to move teeth and bones. Orthodontic treatment can improve function (ability to chew, bite, talk, etc.) and health, give you a beautiful smile and increase your confidence.
Just as there are specialists in medicine (such as cardiologists, neurologists, etc.), there are also specialists in dentistry. Orthodontists have additional training after dental school and focus exclusively on straightening teeth, aligning jaws, and improving smiles. Orthodontists can offer a variety of solutions and options for your orthodontic treatment. They have specialized tools, equipment, knowledge and technology (i.e., SureSmile) that general dentists do not have access to. Teeth and faces are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment; therefore it is very important that the treatment be done properly. A licensed orthodontist is an expert at moving teeth, helping jaws develop properly and working with you to ensure teeth stay in their new positions.
Not unless you are in a managed care plan. Referrals from friends and families of existing patients is a common way orthodontists meet new patients. We also have patients who find us via internet searches and websites or other media.
What kind of formal orthodontic training does he/she have beyond dental school? Is he/she licensed as an orthodontist? Does he/she treat all orthodontic cases, even the most complex? Does he/she offer multiple and esthetic treatment options and the most advanced technology and methods, i.e., SureSmile, inside braces, etc….
It is important to examine your child's teeth as the permanent teeth grow in. Some signs that may indicate the need for an orthodontic exam:
Braces are used by your orthodontist to help you improve the look and feel of your smile! There are several different types of braces to choose from, including:
The amount of time spent in braces can vary depending on the individual patient. Every smile responds differently to treatment. Treatment times can take anywhere between 6 to 30 months; however, most standard treatments take about 22 months.
Braces do not often hurt; however, you may feel a small amount of discomfort for a couple days as your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth gets used to your new braces.
With braces, you should brush your teeth at least three times a day to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and clean. Brushing regularly will help remove any food that may be caught between the braces. You should also floss daily to get in between your braces where your brush isn't able to reach. Your orthodontist can show you how to properly brush and floss once your braces are placed.
Yes! In fact, it's even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. With braces, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush can't reach. This causes bacteria to build up and can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.
Playing an instrument or a contact sport may require some adjustment when you first get your braces, but wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities. If you play a contact sport, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance.
Simply call our practice! Our front desk staff will be happy to help schedule your next appointment at your convenience. If you are a new patient or have been referred to our practice, please let us know, and we will provide you with all of the information you need.