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Orthodontics in West Covina

Are you frustrated with crooked teeth, a tooth gap, or a bite that isn't sitting right? Orthodontic treatment can help. Orthodontics isn't just for growing kids and teenagers - adults of all ages use orthodontics to get the beautiful smile they always dreamed of.

What Is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that diagnoses, treats, and prevents "malocclusions," which basically means any sort of mispositioning of the teeth and jaw. This includes the way you bite and chew. A specific type of orthodontics is called dentofacial orthopedics, which focuses on proper facial growth.

What Is an Orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dentist who has had specialized training in orthodontic diagnostics and procedures beyond standard dental school, typically two or more years of additional study. An orthodontist focuses on fixing malocclusions to create functional and attractive smiles in patients of all ages.

Why Is Orthodontics Important?

Crooked teeth are of course a cosmetic concern, but it is more than just about looks. Misaligned teeth can actually cause functional problems in the mouth. A bite that is out of line can cause stress in the jaw, which can lead to problems such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) if not treated. Teeth that are too close together are actually harder to keep clean. This makes them more at risk of cavities and tooth decay. Certain misalignments of teeth and the jaw can also make it harder to chew properly or speak well.

What Are the Benefits of Orthodontics?

The benefits of expert orthodontic treatment are many, from a better-looking smile to improved oral functionality and a healthier mouth overall. A nicer smile can help people feel more confident. For certain careers, such as acting, politics, or public speaking, having straight, bright white teeth can be critical for career success.

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Do I Need Orthodontics?

There are a number of dental health conditions that orthodontics treats. They include:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Spacing issues such as crowded teeth or gaps
  • Overbite (buck teeth) - top teeth are too far forward
  • Underbite - lower teeth are too far forward
  • Crossbite - top teeth don't fit over bottom teeth normally
  • Open bite - space in the bite where it shouldn't be
  • Misplaced midline - where the centers of the top and bottom teeth don't line up

Our qualified orthodontist will assess your teeth and bite to determine what the issue(s) may be and the appropriate treatment if needed.

What Happens in an Orthodontic Exam?

We will do a full check-up of the health of your teeth and gums. X-rays and other types of dental images may be taken to see what is going on. Models of your teeth may also be made to look at the alignment in a 3D fashion. Next, our orthodontist will discuss the recommended treatment plan with you.

How Does Orthodontic Treatment Work?

Most orthodontic treatment uses dental appliances, which can be removable or fixed, to gently move the teeth and/or jaw into the correct position. These appliances of course include traditional metal braces as well as new technologies such as Invisalign clear aligners.

Fixed appliances include traditional metal braces, fixed space maintainers when baby teeth are lost, and other fixed appliances, such as special bands that attach to the teeth to control thumb sucking in children. Removable appliances include Invisalign clear aligners, which can be chosen instead of braces, removable space maintainers, jaw repositioning appliances (splints) to relieve TMJ, removable retainers, and headgear to fix overbites and underbites.

How Much Does Orthodontic Treatment Cost?

The cost of orthodontic treatment depends on the type of treatment and the individual needs of the patient. One of the most common orthodontic treatments is braces. Traditional metal braces can cost an average of $3,000 to $7,500. Your dental insurance may cover some or all of your orthodontic treatment. We will go over all costs with you when reviewing your orthodontic treatment options.


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