Sucking is a natural reflex for babies and small children – it provides comfort and soothing for them. But, persistent thumb or finger sucking, or use of a pacifier, can cause significant issues with tooth alignment and can even deform the jaw as it grows. Common issues associated with persistent thumbsucking include: Protruding upper teeth […]
Does Thumbsucking Lead to Braces?
How Long Do I Really Have to Wear Braces?
Orthodontics is complex – it involves altering and rearranging living cells and tissues. Because of that, it must be done gently and with great care. We have to apply just the right amount of pressure to align the teeth correctly – too little pressure and the teeth won’t move, but too much pressure and irreversible […]
How To Practice Good Oral Hygiene with Braces
Braces create lots of nooks and crannies for food debris to hide and build up, leading to plaque formation, cavities, and even white spots once your braces are removed. It is important to take extra time to properly clean around the brackets and wires to ensure a healthy, bright smile when your braces are removed. […]
Does Insurance Cover the Cost of Invisalign?
Orthodontic treatment is an investment. It not only increases one’s self-confidence but also improves overall oral health and wellness. However, the initial price tag can deter some patients from seeking treatment. Luckily, orthodontic care, including braces and even Invisalign, is covered by most dental insurance. The cost of Invisalign treatment has leveled out over the […]
Invisalign with Mandibular Advancement
When Invisalign treatment was first introduced, it was hailed as revolutionary to the orthodontic field. Patients loved the idea of straightening their smiles with the clear, removable aligners, but the technology wasn’t advanced enough to treat the more severe malocclusions. But over the last 20 years or so, Invisalign has continued to research and redefine […]
What Are Damon Braces?
Your smile says a lot about you and is often what helps people form their first impression of you. But if you have a crooked, crowded or otherwise misshapen grin, you might not want to show it off as much. Orthodontic treatment can help you get the smile you’ve always wanted, and ensure a healthy […]
10 Questions to Ask at Your Orthodontic Consultation
If your child needs braces, chances are good that you are seeking out recommendations and reviews for the best orthodontist on your area. But once you find an orthodontic office, it’s important to ask several questions to be sure the office will be the right fit for you. What is the orthodontist’s background? It’s important […]
Orthodontic Headgear Explained
Braces are a common sight, but some patients may require the use of different appliances to ensure a healthy, functioning bite and smile. Orthodontic headgear may be used for patients who have discrepancies in how their upper and lower jaws have grown, resulting in a severe overbite or a deep bite. Patients wearing headgear will […]
How to Choose an Orthodontist For Your Child
Valencia, CA – A quick Google search in your area will no doubt bring up a host of orthodontists. Being prepared with questions, and starting with a basic idea of what you are looking for in your child’s orthodontist can be a huge help in finding the right office for you. Below are things to […]
The Top Ten Things to Know About Adult Orthodontics
Santa Clarita, CA – Did you know that today, nearly one in five orthodontic patients is an adult? If you are looking at orthodontic treatment to perfect your smile, there are some things you should know first. Here, we’ve compiled a list of the top ten things adults should know about orthodontics. You can straighten […]