Orthodontic treatment was once restricted to children and young teens, but today, many older teens and adults of all ages are turning to braces and Invisalign to get the smiles they have always wanted. Although the jawbone has finished growing by the time you reach adulthood, the basic process for moving teeth is the same at any age. Dr. Lozada, Los Angeles orthodontics expert, can help you decide if orthodontic treatment is right for you.
The best-known treatment, braces use brackets, wires, and bands to correct orthodontic problems. Once braces are on your teeth, they will remain in place throughout treatment. You will wear them at all times, including when you eat, so you may need to change your diet to reduce the risk of damage to your braces. You will also need to be especially careful when brushing and flossing your teeth, around each bracket and wire to ensure you remove all plaque and debris, which could cause enamel erosion and decay during treatment. Dr. Lozada, Los Angeles orthodontist, may recommend braces if you have crossbite, overbite, or underbite or if you have teeth that are crooked, crowded, or gapped. Braces can correct virtually any orthodontic issue.
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Dr. Lozada, expert in orthodontics in Los Angeles, may suggest Invisalign if you want a more discreet treatment option and have minor to moderate orthodontic problems. Invisalign is an orthodontic system that uses clear aligners instead of brackets and wires. These aligners are designed according to the treatment plan that is created before you begin. Aligners are removable, so you will not need to change your diet. You will need to brush and floss your teeth carefully each time you eat and before you replace your aligners.
Orthodontic treatment can properly balance your jaw, which can reduce the risk of jaw and tooth injury as well as TMJ disorders, and it can make your teeth easier to clean, reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Many patients find they have improved self-confidence, too. Dr. Lozada, orthodontist in Los Angeles, can help you find the orthodontic solution that is right for you.
Call our dental office today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lozada.