Teeth that are misaligned can not only be unsightly, but they can cause many problems with oral health as well. The area of dentistry that is associated with the alignment of a patient’s teeth and their jaw is known as orthodontics. If your teeth are crooked, your bite is misaligned, or you have large spaces or gaps between your teeth, our El Monte orthodontic treatments expert is well-trained to use many different procedures that can help.
The traditional metal braces used by our expert in orthodontic treatments in El Monte use wires, bands, and brackets to straighten teeth. Every few weeks, the dentist will adjust the braces based on the movement of the patient’s teeth over the previous period. By doing this over a period of time, the teeth can be repositioned into perfect alignment. However, some patients prefer a more discreet method of straightening their teeth and our dentist in El Monte can help with that too.
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Invisalign is a new way to straighten teeth without the visibility of braces. These aligners can also reduce some of the discomfort that is often associated with braces. Invisalign uses a set of clear, plastic aligners to gradually guide the patient’s teeth into position over a period that generally lasts about 12-18 months. First, our El Monte orthodontic treatments expert will create an impression of the patient’s teeth, design a custom movement plan based on their unique smile needs, and send those measurements to the Invisalign lab where a set of custom aligners will be made.
The aligners are designed to be changed out about every two weeks to progress the alignment process to the next stage. Because the aligners are removable, they can be taken out for easier cleaning, eating, and when performing activities that might damage the aligners, such as exercising.
If your smile suffers from an overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite, crowding, gaps, spaces, or any other such issue, contact our expert in orthodontic treatments in El Monte today. We will sit down with you to discuss your concerns and evaluate your teeth and jaw to find the best solution for the smile you desire.