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The Basics Of Orthodontics

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry concerned with moving and adjusting teeth in order to enhance their appearance and improve their function.

Crooked or crowded teeth can cause a variety of dental problems, including gum disease and tooth decay. They can also lead to headaches, jaw pain and TMJ syndrome.

Braces

Braces are one of the most common and effective ways to straighten teeth. This treatment can improve your smile and self-confidence, but it also has many health benefits.

Having misaligned teeth can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and even loose teeth. It also makes it difficult to keep your mouth clean.

There are a variety of orthodontic options, from traditional metal braces to clear aligners. Most people wear braces for 1-3 years.

Invisalign

Invisalign is an alternative to braces that uses a series of clear plastic trays called aligners to straighten your teeth. These aligners are custom-designed to move your teeth in a gradual, steady way until you achieve your desired results.

To start treatment, our dentists perform an oral exam and take X-rays. They then use advanced software to plan how your teeth will move in the course of treatment. Next, we send the impressions to a dental laboratory that manufactures your aligners.

Invisalign Teen

Invisalign Teen is a great option for teens who want straight teeth but don’t like the idea of metal braces. It’s also more convenient than traditional braces as the aligners are removable and can be taken out for eating or brushing and flossing.

Food restrictions aren’t an issue with Invisalign Teen, which means patients can eat all of their favorite foods throughout treatment. This is a huge benefit for our patients who love food!

Invisalign Teen also features compliance indicators (blue dots that fade) that let providers, parents and teenagers see how well aligners are being worn. This helps to ensure that each set of aligners is being worn long enough to move the teeth into their desired position.

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners are a popular choice for straightening teeth. These transparent plastic trays are less noticeable than metal braces, and they are easy to clean.

They are more effective than traditional wired braces, and can fix crooked teeth or misaligned bites. They also have the advantage of being removable, allowing you to eat and drink whatever you want.

Treatment with clear aligners generally takes between 12 and 18 months, depending on the severity of your issue. During this time, you will wear each set of trays for about 2 weeks. You will then change to the next set of trays once they have been worn for the required amount of time.

Space Maintainers

Space maintainers are appliances used to prevent gaps from closing up on a child after they lose baby teeth prematurely. These devices help to hold the spaces open until permanent teeth can fill in the empty space, which can prevent more expensive orthodontic treatments later on.

They also help to keep a child’s smile aligned properly and can improve their speech skills. They are available in both fixed and removable forms.

Generally, space maintainers are placed in the first molar of children who have lost their primary teeth early. They are designed and fitted by the dentist based on the number of teeth, age and location of the lost teeth.

Interceptive Treatment

Interceptive orthodontics refers to the identification and treatment of dental problems during their earliest stages. It involves diagnosing and treating malocclusions (malocclusions are problems with teeth due to spacing issues or skeletal growth discrepancies) before they become serious, so that treatment is less complicated or costly.

Identifying and treating malocclusions early gives your child the best chance to develop a healthy, beautiful smile. This is because it allows your child’s jawbone to properly develop and permanent teeth to emerge with comfortable and aesthetically pleasing placement in their mouth.

Preventative Treatment

Preventative treatment in Beverly Hills orthodontics means that we try to prevent issues with teeth and jaws before they become a problem. This can help reduce tooth decay, gum disease and other serious health conditions.

By intercepting problems with malocclusion (the way your teeth and jaws fit together) early, we can avoid the need for more complex dental treatment in later life.

We can also ensure that children have enough room in their mouths for adult teeth to erupt properly by using space maintainers when they remove baby teeth, as well as palatal expanders to create more room in the jawbone for future permanent teeth.

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