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Orthodontics in Adults

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The main benefits of Orthodontic treatment can include a pleasing appearance, a healthier mouth and more likeliness of your teeth lasting a lifetime. Crooked teeth can become harder to maintain good oral hygiene and can be potentially damaging later in life when you are at a higher risk for early tooth decay, periodontal disease or TMJ. Individuals of all ages want to straighten their teeth. There are a number of adults hopping on the trend to finally get the smile they’ve always wanted.

Many individuals’ associate braces and Orthodontics with teenagers or younger children but the statistics of adults with braces in 2019 has nearly doubled from 1990. Sacrificing 12-18 months for a straighter smile and a more comfortable bite isn’t as long as it seems. It gets better, Orthodontics have come a long way from the original metal braces and almost every Orthodontist office’s offer nearly seamless and invisible trays to straighten your teeth called, Invisalign®.

Getting braces as an adult can bring some tricky changes into your life that may take some getting used to when first getting your braces on. Your whole life you’ve been able to eat whatever you wanted or didn’t have to worry about flossing and brushing on-the-go. It’s important with each individuals busy schedule that you ensure to make time for time-sensitive appointments and check-up’s as well as watching what you are eating and refraining from certain foods that may damage your brackets or wires. Oral hygiene will be more difficult as you will have to learn a new way to brush and specifically floss your teeth, especially after each time you eat- try to make it become a habit.

Because there are now many different types of braces it is important to go over all of your options with your Orthodontist, ensuring you are picking the right option that is right for you and your lifestyle. Call Orthodontic Center of Orange County today to schedule a complimentary consultation for your new braces!

When Should my Child see an Orthodontist?

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Did you know that your child does not have to wait until all of their permanent teeth have grown in to visit the Orthodontist? What would you think if I told you waiting too long to take your child to the Orthodontist could actually do more harm than food in the long run? The following are some reasons why it may be harmful to bring your child to the Orthodontist after their permanent teeth have grown in.

Everything is Growing

A child’s mouth is a very busy place. Everything is still growing, shifting and changing within the child’s mouth. Approximately, around the age of 6-7, a child’s permanent teeth start to appear as more and more baby teeth start to fall out. Nearly 2/3 of a child’s tooth is covered by gum tissue as well as bone that secure the teeth. There are times when gum tissue has played a difficult card when a child’s permanent teeth start growing in. Early or late loss of baby teeth can indicate a problem as well as trouble chewing, biting, any speech difficulties or mouth-breathing issues. If any of these major issues occur after a child’s permanent teeth have grown in, the issue may more difficult to treat rather than before the permanent teeth erupted.

Dental Assistant Giving XRays

It’s not About the Smile, it’s all About the Bite

While having a beautiful smile is an added bonus it is not the main objective of Orthodontic treatment. The main objective of Orthodontic treatment is actually to perfect your bite and ensure that your upper and lower teeth fit together and match up like interlocking gears.  Depending on the severity of every child’s case can differ, but on most occasions, timing can be crucial. While it is a personal preference when you first decide to see an Orthodontist, it can be recommended that Orthodontic treatment may be better treated while the baby teeth are still present in the mouth. A child’s baby teeth act as anchors for the permanent teeth beneath and if it was lost abruptly or due to decay, it is possible it may affect the permanent tooth below and cause it to uproot crooked or in the wrong location. A child can require growth guidance of the bones in their upper and lower jaws so there is enough room of all of the permanent teeth to grow in. There are times where a treatment can be timed to an average predictable state of dental development and physical growth as well. Once your teeth are correctly aligned, the beautiful smile is just an added bonus.

Orthodontist VS. Dentist

Just because both doctors work in the mouth, their perspectives may differ intensively based on the case each individual provides. Dentists assess the overall health of oral hygiene and will address and treat cavities and gum disease.  Often times, Orthodontic treatment can be perceived as purely a cosmetic fix without the general knowledge behind what really goes on inside the mouth. Often times as you get older, Orthodontic treatment can be a lower priority to a dentist. Because Orthodontic treatment is about the bite and not the smile, Orthodontist use panoramic x-rays to visualize the teeth above the gum line and the jaw at the same time. Children do not need a referral from a dentist to see an Orthodontist or seek Orthodontic treatment.

Age 7

The American Association of Orthodontist (AAO) recommends that children have their first visit with an Orthodontist no later than the age of 7 years old. If an issue were to arise, an Orthodontist now has the opportunity to address the issue and provide the most appropriate treatment at the most recommended time.  There’s no need to wait until your child has lost all of their baby teeth, and it is fine to visit your Orthodontist then as well, even if your child is younger than 7 years old. Many Orthodontic Offices offer free consultations for first time patients and there’s no time like now to schedule your complimentary consultation to come and see us at Orthodontic Center of OC. Call now or fill out the form here to schedule your first appointment.

What to do During an Orthodontic Emergency

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Loose or Broken Brackets, Bands or Wires?
If any part of your braces become loose or break, call our office immediately to find out if you can wait until your next scheduled appointment for the repair or what you should be doing to prevent any pain or discomfort in the mean time. If the band or bracket is still attached to the wire, leave it just as is; DO NOT try to pull it off or attach any elastic to it as it can cause severe damage. If there is any irritation or pain from the wire, it is recommended that you use orthodontic wax to cover the area that is irritating your mouth or move it back into place with a q-tip. It is never recommended to use your hands or fingers when handling a situation like this. If the bracket completely falls off, please bring it to your next scheduled appointment for your Orthodontist.

Woman Cleaning BracesTooth Pain or Signs of Ulcers
To diminish the pain, over-the-counter pain relievers, such as Tylenol or Advil will usually work just fine. Rinsing your mouth with salt water daily can help provide relief for mouth ulcers that may have occurred from brackets rubbing on your cheeks or tongue.

It is recommended you retrieve an 8 ounce glass of warm water mixed with just one teaspoon of salt. Topical numbing solutions such as Ora-base or Aspercreme are also helpful to ease ulcer pain for a more temporary solution.

Call your Orthodontist as Soon as Possible
While Orthodontic emergencies are rare, they do occur and it is crucial that you are prepared for such a situation if it were to ever arise. If you are in pain or are having any discomfort due to a loose or broken wire/bracket please call our office as soon as possible. In situations similar to this, sometimes X-rays will need to be taken as it is often necessary to determine the extent of the injury or incident and to determine whether or not the orthodontic appliances have been damaged.What do

Payment Plans and Financing

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Invisalign and Braces in Buena Park’s primary mission is to deliver the best and most comprehensive orthodontic care available today. We are also dedicated to making top-quality care as cost-effective as possible which is why we take pride in offering some of the Nation’s most commonly used and popular  financing companies while being able to give you some piece of mind.

Invisalign and Braces in Buena Park OfficeAt Invisalign and Braces in Buena Park we offer the following payment options to assist you with your investment:

  • Payments are accepted by cash, check, money order, cashier’s check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.
  • A third-party financing option through CareCredit or SpringStone which is based on approved credit and requires no down payments or annual fees. Flexible options are available to meet your needs such as shorter payment periods.
  • Bad Credit or No Credit at all? Contact our office to find out more about other Easy & Flexible financing options!

Lending Club and Care Credit are some of the world’s largest online marketplace connecting borrowers and investors. We’re transforming the banking system to make credit more affordable and investing more rewarding. We operate at a lower cost than traditional bank lending programs and pass the savings on to borrowers in the form of lower rates and to investors in the form of solid returns.

Invisalign and Braces in Buena Park is happy to provide these options to allow you to make convenient, affordable payments and begin your treatment immediately.

If you have more questions about our financing options or payment plans, please don’t hesitate to contact us and an Orthodontic Specialist will be able to assist you with any of your questions or concerns you may have.

If you are interested in setting up a complimentary consultation to come in and explore which one of our Orthodontic treatments will be right for you please start by clicking here to fill out these forms prior to your appointment. If there are any specific questions or concerns that you may have prior to your consultation appointment, please feel free to give us a call at (949) 379-1516 or by filling out a form submission.


Behind Lingual Braces

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What are Lingual Braces? While this technique has been around since the 1980’s, quite a few of dentist have yet to offer the technique due to the complex and special training that is required to apply and adhere the braces to the teeth.

Treatment for Lingual braces can be significantly longer than normal treatment for normal metal braces due to the teeth move more gradually and slower than normal braces. Lingual braces consist of small brackets glued to the backs of patient’s teeth on the side near the tongue. Wire and elastics will be used in the same manner as traditional orthodontics and braces, only hidden from view. Lingual braces offer a great cosmetic alternative for individuals who would like straighter teeth, without the actual braces showing. Depending on the severity of a patients case, it can take anywhere from 18-36+ months to complete treatment. Lingual braces take about 6 weeks to produce from the time of impressions to make the custom brackets. Because of the specific and special requirements of lingual braces, the cost of treatment tends to be higher than traditional metal braces. Woman in Dentist Chair

Ultimately the specific type/brand of lingual braces depends on your Orthodontist’s recommendation and a patient’s discretion. Good oral hygiene is essential to ensure that gingivitis or tooth decay do not creep in as well. Be sure you are brushing and flossing your teeth at least a minimum of 2 times a day, as well as using a soft-round bristled toothbrush or an interproximal brush to remove excess food that left over or stuck between your teeth. It’s also recommended to get a waterpick (or any other similar type of oral irrigation device).

Lingual braces can be more difficult to get used to than traditional braces due to the metal brackets constantly being pressed up against your tongue. This can leave your tongue raw and irritated, and it is recommended to use Orthodontic wax to try to illuminate some of this pain and discomfort. If you have an excess over/under bite, unfortunately Lingual braces will most likely not be an option due to them not having the sufficient amount of tooth to adhere to when gluing the brackets onto the backs of a patients teeth.

While Invisalign and Braces in Buena Park does not offer Lingual braces at this time we would love to hear your experiences with Lingual braces. We would be happy to answer any questions or concerns that you may have regarding any other Orthodontic services that we offer at any of our locations. Please call (714) 862-2057 or submit a request though our website.

4 Bad Habits that Damage your Teeth

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There are many different factors you may be doing unrecognized in your daily routine that may be damaging your teeth. It is important to address these habits at a young age before to ensure these bad habits won’t linger into adulthood and damage an individual’s permanent teeth. Below, you will read about some of the most common bad habits that damage your teeth and solutions to help break those routines.Wearing Braces to help Overbite

Young children that suck their thumbs or use a pacifier past the age of 5-6 pose a risk of permanent changes to the jaw and tooth structure to their permanent teeth. Misalignment to the children’s adult teeth may result in a number of issues later in life. Some of these issues can include, difficulty chewing and tooth breaking problems. It is important to try to identify the triggers and use gentle and positive reinforcement to break this bad habit that damages your teeth.
For many individuals, stress is one of the leading causes of teeth and jaw clenching/grinding. The risk of clenching and grinding your teeth can and will result in cracked or chipped teeth and even joint and muscle pain in your jaw over time. Clenching and grinding your teeth poses the risk of cracked teeth or micro-fractures which can result later in cavities or more severely broken teeth. Ask your local general dentist about investing in a night guard to prevent breaking or chipping your teeth by clenching and grinding.

While ice is just frozen water, it’s actually way more damaging than you would even begin to think possible. Your tooth’s enamel is the hardest and most highly-mineralized substance in your entire body, but with this still being said, they are still susceptible to damage and breakage. Not only can chewing on ice cause cracks within your teeth, it can also cause serious damage to fillings and crowns and individuals who wears braces. Keeping a pack of sugar-free gum may help break this tooth-damaging bad habit and will increase saliva production which can remove cavity causing bacteria.
Everyone has done it as some point. Nail Biting; what most people don’t realize is that is a habit that most likely has stemmed from childhood and is more often than not than the result of dry hands and cuticles. Nail biting can most commonly chip your teeth, but can also cause jaw dysfunction if you protrude your jaw for extended periods of time while chewing and biting your finger nails. Nail biting can cause teeth to break and tooth enamel to splinter which can result in tooth-loss in the future. By placing bitter-tasting nail polish on your nails can reduce the amount of times you are sticking your fingers in your mouth.
Every bad habit can be broken with the right amount of dedication and self perseverance. If you suffer some of these bad habits that may be damaging your teeth, try working on a solution and different alternative to save your teeth from damage in the long run.

Common Causes of Crooked Teeth

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What causes crooked teeth? While the most common cause of crooked teeth stem specifically from genetics, bad habits or some type of illness or injury. While bad habits are preventable, genetics and injuries are not and the most common and easiest fix would be Orthodontic treatment.

Dental traits that can lead to crowding of teeth and jaw misalignment are often inherited from our genetics. In some cases, crooked teeth are related to the size of an individual’s mouth as well. An individual with a smaller mouth has a greater chance of crowded teeth that can force other teeth to shift and become crooked.

Misaligned bites can also lead to issues with over-bites and under-bites or abnormal protrusion which can later result in teeth overlapping or extending beyond each other. Facial traumas such as a jaw or mouth injury can have an affect on moving teeth out of place. Facial traumas are actually the most severe cause of crooked teeth and misaligned bites and jaws.

An patients permanent teeth are directly affected by the health of the individual’s baby teeth, which sit directly on top of the permanent teeth above the gums. If a baby tooth is lost due to decay, trauma or other factors, the permanent teeth will start shifting when moving upwards and often uprooting in the wrong location.

Whatever the reason to your crooked teeth, there is no need to worry. The Orthodontics Center of Orange County is happy to assist you in your journey to straighter teeth. During your consultation a Dr. will go over all of the different options for braces and together you will find a solution and treatment that works best for your lifestyle. Call now to schedule your consultation, today!

Invisalign® What you Need to Know

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If you’re interested in getting Invisalign as an alternative to braces, you’re probably wondering the process and treatment involves. Below will be a step-by-step process of the typical treatment you will undergo when deciding to go with Invisalign braces.

You will begin your journey with a consultation at your Orthodontist to find out if Invisalign is a treatment that will be suitable for you and your livelihood. Often time’s, consultations are complimentary and during your consultation you will go through the treatment plan with your Orthodontist and discuss the cost of treatment and payment plans available.

Your follow up appointment will consist of taking impressions of your teeth, using Itero software. Invisaligns team will plan your treatment using ClinCheck® software. Using this software, your Orthodontist can anticipate how your teeth will look at every stage during your treatment.

After the virtual treatment from Invisalign’s team has been approved by your Orthodontist, Invislign’s team will begin making custom aligners (or trays) that will be used to straighten your teeth and act as braces. It is crucial that you wear your aligners between 20-22 hours a day to start seeing results. Every 2 weeks you will receive a new set of aligners. It is often recommended during this time to only take out your aligners when brushing your teeth or eating and drinking food. Skipping steps will not make the treatment go any faster and can irritate your mouth and is highly not recommended. If you are looking for an alternative to help speed up treatment, some patients will wear ‘buttons’ to wear on their aligners. These buttons help the trays stay in place, or move a tooth.

After completing your treatment, you will receive a fixed and(or) removable retainer. On some occasions fixed retainers are not necessary, and is ultimately up to the patient’s discretion. Another impression using the Itero software will be taken at this time to design the removable retainer. The next 24 months following the completion of treatment are crucial to the movement of your teeth; you will see your Orthodontist periodically for check-ups to ensure your teeth are not shifting.

If you have any questions about the process of getting Invisalign braces, or could like to make a consultation appointment to see a Dr. at one of our locations, feel free to call our office at (714) 862-2057 and we will be happy to answer any of your questions or concerns.