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our Orthodontist in Redlands, CA

What is Orthodontics?

The purpose of orthodontics is to treat any type of malocclusion, or "bad bite." When you have a malocclusion, that means your teeth, lips and/or jaws don't line up the way they should. As a result, your teeth may be crooked, your bite may not work correctly and your jaws may look unbalanced. To correct malocclusion, Orthodontists, dentists who are specially trained, use braces and other corrective appliances and procedures, to achieve tooth and jaw alignment. This correction of the teeth and their supportive structure.

Your Orthodontist in Redlands, CA

Braces are applied to teeth for various reasons, including poorly aligned jaws, crooked, crowded and missing teeth, or a bad bite (also called malocclusion). Braces are made from extremely lightweight and natural-colored materials. Braces are bonded to the surfaces of the teeth but can be later removed. People can expect to wear braces for about two years, but can differ in some cases. Braces put pressure on one side of your teeth, and the bone on the other side gives way. The tooth moves and new bone grows in behind. Braces use steady, gentle pressure over time to move your teeth into a more pleasing, healthy position. The two main components of your braces are brackets and the main arch wire that is attached to them. The bracket is a piece of metal or ceramic that is bonded to each tooth. The arch wire is threaded through the brackets and as the wire tries to return to that ideal shape, it applies pressure to make your teeth move. Orthodontic appliances need to be adjusted from time to time to ensure they continue to move the teeth into their correct position, so regularly scheduled appointments are needed to ensure teeth move correctly.


Braces for Children

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist by age 7 to determine whether orthodontic treatment is required and when exactly treatment should begin. When treatment is begun early, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaws and incoming permanent teeth. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, provide adequate space for permanent teeth, limit the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment.
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Braces for Adolescents and Adults

Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age. You might be surprised to know that 1 of every 5 patients in orthodontic treatment is over the age of 21. Some adults may need orthognathic surgery and/or periodontal care prior to their orthodontic treatment. In some cases, periodontal care will be necessary during and following orthodontic treatment. We offer traditional metal braces, as well as clear braces and Invisalign.®