Whether you’re an adult who wants to fix your crooked teeth or you have a child who is ready for braces, at PhD Dental, we can help. With three orthodontists at our LA, Inglewood, Lynwood, and Pico Rivera dental offices, we can address the needs of patients of any age who want a straighter smile.
Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth
Most adults who have crooked or crowded teeth are mostly interested in having a more attractive smile. But aside from the cosmetic benefit of orthodontic treatment, straightening your teeth is also good for your oral health.
Misaligned teeth are hard to keep clean because you may not be able to brush and floss them adequately. And if you can’t get between teeth to clean them, you are at higher risk for decay and gum disease.
Invisalign Clear Aligners
Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that is designed for busy adults who want straighter teeth but don’t want to spend years wearing metal braces.
Instead of brackets and wires attached to your teeth, Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners. During the planning stage, your orthodontist maps out how your teeth will move at each stage of treatment. Using this plan, your clear aligners are custom-made to move your teeth into the desired position.
You will wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, then switch to the next set in the series. You will continue this way until you have used all your aligners and treatment is finished. There are several benefits to choosing Invisalign compared to traditional metal braces:
- The aligners are crystal-clear and barely noticeable
- The smooth, comfortable plastic won’t irritate your mouth
- You can remove the aligners for eating and oral hygiene
- Treatment times are shorter, often as little as 12 months
If you would like to learn more about Invisalign at our LA, Inglewood, Lynwood, or Pico Rivera dental offices, please call to arrange an orthodontic consultation.
Sometimes orthodontic treatment involves more than just moving your teeth. Not all people have upper and lower jaws that are perfectly aligned, which means they don’t come together evenly when you bite down. If you or your child have problems with your bite that we need to correct, our orthodontists would recommend traditional braces. The two most common bite problems you may have heard of are:
- Overbite – The upper jaw extends over the lower jaw
- Underbite – The lower jaw extends past the upper jaw
Traditional braces consist of brackets that are attached to your teeth and wires that are adjusted periodically to correct bite problems and realign your teeth. If you picture a mouthful of unattractive metal braces, you’ll be happy to know that today's braces use tooth-colored brackets and clear wires that are far less noticeable.
Braces for Children
For children, we recommend an orthodontic evaluation around age seven. In some cases, we can provide early treatment that might help your child avoid the need for braces in the future.
If our orthodontists find your child does need treatment, they will explain in detail why they recommend it and how it will benefit your child. We want you to feel confident and informed about the decisions you make, so we are always happy to answer your questions.
We will also talk to you about our payment options and how we can help you make treatment more affordable. For your convenience, we accept Medicaid (Medi-Cal) and most PPO insurances.
Call to Schedule an Orthodontic Exam
If you think you or your child needs braces, please call PhD Dental to arrange a consultation. We offer expert orthodontic treatment in LA, Inglewood, Lynwood, and Pico Rivera, and we would love to help you enjoy a straighter smile.