Dental Braces in Vista, CA

Orthodontic Treatment is usually associated with the wearing of braces by children to straighten crooked teeth or to realign teeth to close unsightly gaps between teeth. However, Orthodontic Treatment may also be necessary at all ages to correct bite problems that may interfere with normal a chewing action and cause problems with the jaw joints that, in turn, can lead to neck pain and headaches. Furthermore, teeth that are not properly aligned may be difficult to clean and are therefore at risk for decay and gum disease.Although Orthodontic Treatment can be done at any age, it is recommended to evaluate children before age 7 to assess where any corrective treatment is necessary. With modern advances in orthodontics, there are now alternatives to the traditional metal braces such as clear and tooth-colored brackets, special heat activated wires that require fewer adjustments, and a revolutionary process called Invisalign that does not use braces or wires.

After the initial evaluation and planning stage, Orthodontic Treatment entails an extended period during which adjustments are made on a regular basis to ensure successful alignment of the teeth. In addition to achieving a beautiful life-long smile, Orthodontic Treatment contributes to your overall dental health.

Reasons for orthodontic treatment (braces) adults & children:

  • Breathing or swallowing problems – Mouth breathing can lead to snoring and sleep apnea.
  • Crossbite – One or more upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth (towards the tongue).
  • Crowding – Involving extra teeth or malpositioned teeth.
  • Deep Overbite – The lower front teeth bite into the upper tissue of the upper teeth.
  • Disfiguring of the face & mouth – Affects the development of the jaw and position of the teeth.
  • Jaw & jaw joint pain
  • Missing or extra teeth – Due to tooth decay, injuries, or inherited problems.
  • Overjet (protruding upper teeth) – Upper teeth that protrude beyond normal and are usually associated with a short lower jaw.
  • Self-image – An attractive smile can boost a person’s self-image and confidence.
  • Spacing between teeth – Teeth are missing or may be too small or too large.
  • Speech, chewing or biting problems
  • Underbite (lower jaw protrusion) – Lower jaw is longer than the upper jaw.

Specific to children:

  • Finger or thumb sucking – These habits can cause protrusion of the upper incisor teeth, and mouth breathing.
  • Teeth erupting out of position – Can be guided to proper alignment.

What does orthodontic treatment involve?

Orthodontic treatment involves three phases:

1.  Planning Phase – Your first couple of visits may include the following:

  • A medical and dental history evaluation.
  • Castings or “molds” of your teeth.
  • Computer generated photograph of the head and neck that will aid in planning.
  • Photographs of your face and mouth.
  • X-rays of the teeth and jaws.

After careful planning, your orthodontist will design and apply braces or fabricate custom-made appliances for you.

2.  Active Phase – Active treatment involves visiting your orthodontist on a regular basis for adjustments and following specific treatment requirements to ensure successful treatment.

3.  Retention Phase – When treatment is completed, the braces and/or appliances are removed and a new appliance is made.  Usually these retainers are removable and will maintain the changes made to your teeth if worn continuously until the teeth and bone are stabilized in their new positions.

Treatment and retention times vary depending on each individual case.  Your orthodontist will ensure you have a successful treatment for a beautiful smile that can last a lifetime.

Orthodontics can not only help straighten your teeth, giving you an appealing smile, but can greatly contribute to the health of your jaw, teeth and sometimes your overall health.

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When you make us your Dentist in Vista, you will experience all that modern dentistry has to offer, including a comprehensive list of general, restorative and cosmetic dental services to meet the needs of the whole family. This includes dental implants, teeth whitening, root canal therapy, and many other types of general dentistry procedures. Our goal is to assist each patient in achieving and maintaining long-term dental health and a beautiful smile. Some of the services we provide include:

Cleanings & Exams
Sealants & Fluoride
Root Canal Therapy
Periodontal Treatments
Extractions
Teeth Whitening
Tooth Colored Fillings
Crowns & Bridges
Porcelain Veneers
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138 Civic Center Dr Ste 115
Vista, CA 92084

760-630-5000

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