If you are embarrassed by a crooked smile or misaligned teeth, orthodontic care can greatly improve the way you look and feel. Today’s orthodontic treatments give patients more control over their desired aesthetic outcome without compromising their oral health. Dr. Robert Milner offers several orthodontic treatments and would gladly discuss your options with you. To learn how orthodontic care can help restore your willingness to smile, schedule an appointment with our Mission Viejo office by calling 949-859-8899.
Can I Benefit from Orthodontic Treatment?
People of all ages can benefit from orthodontics. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have an evaluation by age 7. However, the AAO estimates more than 30 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults. You may benefit from orthodontics if you have:
- Difficulty chewing or biting
- Crowded, misplaced or protruding teeth
- Misaligned bite
- Difficulty speaking
- Facial pain from grinding or clenching of the teeth
Orthodontic Treatment Options in Mission Viejo
Braces consist of brackets that are affixed to teeth and wires that are threaded through slots in the brackets. Dr. Milner offers both traditional metal braces, the standard for straightening teeth; and ceramic braces, tooth-colored brackets that blend into the color of your teeth, making them nearly invisible. Braces are worn 24/7 and are typically worn for one to two years, depending on each patient’s dental needs.
Aligners are clear, thin, plastic-like trays that are custom-made to fit your teeth. Each aligner is worn for two to three weeks, and moves teeth a fraction of a millimeter at a time. Aligners are removable and the patient will need to remove them during meals and brushing and flossing. The number of aligners needed to correct misaligned teeth varies based on the individual’s orthodontic problem and its correction.
What to Expect During Your Evaluation
During your first orthodontic visit, we will use several methods to determine the best treatment for you, including:
- Oral, facial and functional evaluation
- Intraoral and facial photographs
- Panoramic and cephalometric X-rays
- Impressions for models of your teeth and bite
During your consultation, we will also review your dental records and take your preferences into consideration. For instance, if you require extensive correction to your bite, traditional braces may be best for you instead of aligners. If you are concerned about the appearance of metal braces in your mouth, you may opt for clear aligners or tooth-colored braces. The duration of your orthodontic treatment will depend on how much correction is needed.
Frequently Asked Questions about Orthodontics
What are the most common problems corrected with orthodontics?
Orthodontics are commonly used to correct the following:
- Crowded teeth – teeth with poor alignment because there isn’t enough room in the dental arch
- Uneven spacing between the teeth – i.e., gaps
- Overbite – the upper teeth protrude beyond normal contact with the lower front teeth
- Crossbite – the upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth
- Open bite – the upper and lower teeth do not meet when biting down
Are there health benefits to orthodontic treatment?
Yes. Straight, properly aligned teeth are easier to brush and floss and less likely to develop tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems. Straight, aligned teeth can also bite and chew easier, and support normal pronunciation. When the teeth are properly aligned, it avoids putting extra wear or pressure on certain teeth and causing premature enamel wearing.
I’m an adult who doesn’t want to wear traditional braces. Do I have any other options?
Yes. You may be interested in an “invisible braces” system which involves wearing clear, removable aligners similar to tooth whitening trays. Invisible braces are significantly less conspicuous than traditional braces.
How long does orthodontic treatment take?
Treatment timelines vary by patient. For an accurate estimate of how long it will take to achieve your dream smile, consult with Dr. Milner.
How much does orthodontic treatment cost?
The cost of treatment depends on factors such as the nature of the problem that needs to be repaired, and the specific treatment approach that is selected. The cost for traditional braces is generally different than that of invisible braces. Dr. Milner and our team can provide more detailed pricing information during a consultation.
Why Wait for a Straighter Smile?
The sooner you schedule an orthodontic appointment with us, the sooner you can achieve the flawless, straight smile you have always dreamed of. Dr. Milner is proud to offer only the most advanced orthodontic treatments so you no longer have to hide your smile. Schedule an appointment with us by calling our Mission Viejo office at 949-859-8899.