Orthodontic treatment is a specialized dental discipline focused on precisely and gradually repositioning misaligned or crooked teeth to achieve optimal alignment and improve oral health and aesthetics. Using various orthodontic appliances such as braces or clear aligners, orthodontists employ controlled forces to shift teeth into their correct positions over a specified treatment period. This meticulous process not only enhances the appearance of a patient's smile but also ensures proper jaw alignment, bite function, and long-term dental health.
At Dr. Clementine C. Ignacio, DMD, we perform orthodontic treatments to address a wide range of dental issues, from crowded or spaced teeth to overbites, underbites, and more. In doing so, we provide patients with the opportunity to enjoy a straighter, healthier, and more confident smile.
Some Orthodontic Treatments
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of orthodontic treatment available in Anaheim. They are made of high-grade stainless steel brackets and wires that work together to straighten your teeth over time. The brackets are bonded to the front of each tooth using a special adhesive, and the archwire is threaded through the brackets to guide the teeth into the desired position gently.
Ceramic braces are similar to traditional braces but use clear brackets instead of metal ones. This makes them less noticeable than metal braces. However, ceramic braces are less robust than metal braces, so they may only be suitable for some patients.
Lingual braces are placed behind the teeth so they are hidden from view. This type of braces is ideal for patients who don’t want to wear visible braces. However, they can be more challenging to clean and maintain than traditional braces.
Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners worn over the teeth. Each set of aligners is custom-made by our orthodontist in Anaheim, to fit your mouth perfectly. They can be removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. Treatment with Invisalign usually takes about one year to complete.
Retainers are dental appliances used after orthodontic treatment to keep your teeth in place. They can be worn at night or during the day, and they are usually made of plastic or wire. Retainers help keep your teeth in their new position and prevent relapse.
The Benefits of Orthodontics Treatments
- Straight teeth are easier to clean, which helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
- A straight smile is more attractive than a smile with crooked or crowded teeth.
- Properly aligned teeth and jaws can help patients chew and speak more effectively.
- Orthodontic treatments prevent issues caused by misaligned teeth like jaw pain, headaches, and TMJ disorder.
- These treatments prevent premature wear on your teeth, leading to tooth damage.
- Correcting misalignment can improve a patient’s self-confidence.
Unlock the smile you've always dreamed of with our orthodontic treatment options. Visit Dr. Clementine C. Ignacio, DMD, at 2415 West Lincoln Ave Suite A, Anaheim, CA 92081, or call (714) 220-1032 to explore the best orthodontic solutions for your unique needs.