What Is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry that focuses on diagnosing, treating, and preventing facial and dental abnormalities. While many people know orthodontic treatment leads to beautiful smiles, some aren’t aware of our work’s great oral health benefits. Orthodontics helps patients achieve a better functioning smile by correcting malocclusions, crooked teeth, overcrowded teeth, and more. Some common appliances we use for corrective treatment include traditional metal braces, clear braces, Damon braces, Invisalign, and our in-house clear aligners.

While orthodontics is an amazing tool that can help you achieve the smile of your dreams, it’s not a replacement for general dentistry. To get better oral health that is long-lasting, you must continue going to your dentist for regular cleanings and other appointments. We don’t want anything to stand in the way of you getting a smile you’re proud to see in the mirror, so we encourage you to keep your teeth and appliances clean throughout treatment.

What is an Orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dental specialist who went to dental school and then had an additional two to three years of training and experience. Before realizing his passion for helping people achieve happier and healthier smiles, our fearless leader Dr. Parsa went to school to be an engineer. This background informs his current work and allows him to craft precise and customized corrective treatment plans that address patients’ orthodontic needs and concerns. Our doctor has an unparalleled attention to detail that leads to transformed smiles and transformed lives.

What’s the Best Age to Visit the Orthodontist?

At My LA Braces, we believe that any age is the perfect age to start your journey to a perfect smile. We have appliances for every lifestyle and age, and our skilled team is well-suited to help correct all orthodontic issues.

While it’s never too late to have a dazzling and well-functioning smile, it’s easier to treat younger patients. We suggest you bring your child in for their first orthodontic appointment around the age of seven. At this age, they should have a mix of permanent and baby teeth so we can identify any current or future problems. Even if your child isn’t ready for treatment, it’s better for us to start observation as soon as possible so we can better treat their needs in the future. Additionally, it’s easier for treatment to influence a patient’s mouth if it’s still growing. When a patient is younger, we can change growth patterns and directions to set them up for success down the road.

No matter what age you are, we encourage you to seek corrective treatment for any orthodontic issues or goals. More adults than ever have sought treatment for issues that occurred after childhood treatment, because of an accident, or change the aesthetic of their smile. We offer Invisalign and in-house clear aligners for our adult patients who have been considering orthodontics but are worried they’ll have to get a bulky appliance. Both of these treatments give you the great results you deserve with a more discreet appearance. Clear aligner treatments also give you the freedom you want to eat your favorite foods, take pictures without your appliance, easily clean your teeth, and more.

If I Get Braces, How Long Do I Have to Wear Them?

Our team is passionate about meeting our patients where they are by building treatment plans that reflect their orthodontic needs and desires. Each of our plans is unique, so every timeline varies a little. Most patients wear braces for one to two years, but it depends on the extent of their oral health problems and your expectation for treatment.

How Do I Take Care of My Teeth If I’m Wearing Braces or Clear Aligners?

For our braces patients, it’s essential you keep your appliance and teeth clean, so you can maintain your great oral health. You should continue brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing often. Additionally, we suggest you take extra time to work your toothbrush and floss around your brackets and wires, so nothing gets stuck behind your brackets or wires.

If you don’t thoroughly brush around your appliance, harmful chemicals and food debris could build up and cause erosion and tooth decay. As long as you continue your great dental hygiene routine, you’ll breeze through treatment without any concerns.

For our Invisalign patients, you can continue brushing and flossing your teeth as usual after removing your appliance. To protect your treatment and keep your smile clean, we suggest using your toothbrush and warm water to scrub the fronts and backs of your aligners. This ensures that any harmful bacteria or acids on your aligners don’t make it back onto your freshly brushed teeth.