Adults & Children
Most of us need to visit a dentist a few times a year to get a checkup or cleaning, but some of us also need to visit an orthodontist. Orthodontics is the field of dentistry that focuses on alignment, crowding and spacing issues. Our Van Nuys orthodontics expert can help you decide if orthodontic treatment is right for you.
Our Van Nuys orthodontist can help you learn more about available options. Although metal braces are one of the most common orthodontic treatments, patients today are often able to choose among several options, including clear braces, Invisalign and lingual braces. These allow you to straighten your teeth more discreetly and without any noticeable brackets and wires. They are an especially good option for adults or for teens who feel self-conscious about the look of braces.
Van Nuys Orthodontics
Once we have explained your options and our recommendations, you will be well on your way to the smile of your dreams. Orthodontic treatment gives you a more attractive smile, but it also helps give you a healthier one. That is because aligned teeth are easier to clean and less prone to damage. Our expert in orthodontics in Van Nuys will design your treatment plan using dental X-rays, photos, impressions and other images.
The amount of time you are in treatment will depend on your specific needs. The average treatment time can vary from 12 to 24 months. If you have braces, they will need periodic adjustments by our orthodontist in Van Nuys. This ensures the archwire that connects the brackets is applying the proper amount of force on your teeth to move them into alignment. Invisalign aligners need to be changed about every two weeks, and each tray guides your teeth a little closer to their final positions.
Regardless of the type of orthodontic treatment you choose, you will need to maintain excellent dental hygiene and visit our Van Nuys dentist periodically. During these appointments, we will check your progress, review your treatment needs and make personalized recommendations.