Is your smile a little bit crooked? Do you notice gaps or crooked teeth in the mirror? Do you find yourself bothered by the imbalanced look or feel of your bite? If any of these statements sounds similar to an issue you are dealing with, then you may benefit from orthodontic treatment. Our Northridge orthodontist offers treatments for patients of all ages and with many orthodontic issues.
Orthodontic treatment offers cosmetic improvement of your smile, but it does so much more than that. The long-term benefits for your teeth, gums, jaw joint and body are immense. When your bite is aligned, it is more comfortable. The teeth can then distribute the bite forces properly and evenly, which results in less wear and tear on individual teeth. Your smile is also easier to clean, so you are less likely to suffer from gum disease or tooth decay related to poor dental hygiene. Our orthodontist in Northridge recommends orthodontic treatment for these reasons, as well as many more.
If you are a candidate for orthodontic treatment, your options may include either conventional braces or Invisalign. With braces, brackets are bonded to the teeth and wires are threaded through the brackets. These wires apply pressure to move the teeth. With Invisalign, you will wear clear aligner trays that are nearly invisible when in place. Invisalign also uses pressure forces to move the teeth. Our Northridge orthodontist will suggest specific treatments at your consultation.
Before beginning orthodontic treatment, our orthodontist in Northridge will visually examine your teeth and gums. Records, including dental X-rays and impressions, will be made and used to create a precise treatment plan. The treatment plan will outline each step of your treatment so that you will know what to expect at the very end.
Healthy dental habits are essential regardless of the type of treatment you choose. Brush and floss after every meal, and make sure to take the time to ensure each tooth is free of plaque and food debris. You will also need to visit us periodically for evaluations or adjustments depending on the treatment type. For most orthodontic treatments, you may need to skip certain foods that could damage your braces or increase the risk of decay. Call us to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our dentist in Northridge.