The field of orthodontics offers children and adults of all ages the ability to improve their smiles through the use of braces and the Invisalign system. Orthodontic treatment can be performed to correct a number of irregularities, including overbites, underbites, crossbites, overcrowding, and spacing. One of the first questions prospective orthodontic patients often have is what they can expect during the treatment process:
- Evaluation and Planning: Before starting orthodontic treatment, you will have an initial consultation with your orthodontist in which he or she will diagnose any oral malocclusions and determine the best treatment plan for your specific needs. Your orthodontist may also order panoramic x-rays to identify the exact position of each tooth and its root, take an impression of your mouth, and take “before” pictures in order to document your progress.
- Active Phase: During the active phase of the treatment process, you will have braces applied to your teeth or wear a series of Invisalign retainers to gradually move your teeth into proper position. It is important to make regular visits with your orthodontist during the active phase to make any necessary adjustments to your orthodontic appliances.
- Retention: After your braces have been removed or you have completed the last phase of the Invisalign system, your orthodontist will create a custom retainer to keep your teeth from shifting back into their original positions. You will want to adhere to your orthodontist’s guidelines and wear your retainers for the specified amount of time per day so that your jawbone can reform and stabilize your newly realigned teeth.
At the Redondo Beach Dental Group, our orthodontists and cosmetic dentistry specialists can correct a number of oral malocclusions. Get the smile you have always wanted by contacting us online or calling (310) 542-6988. Our dentists also offer dental implants and a number of restorative procedures.