Sunshine Dental, Inc
Phillip Chien, DDS
Dentist located in Temecula, CA
The American Association of Orthodontists estimates that 4 million Americans are currently living with braces, and that number continues to grow. If you’ve been diagnosed with an oral health issue such as crossbite or overcrowding, orthodontic treatment can provide you with a healthy, attractive smile. At Sunshine Dental, Inc, orthodontist Phillip Chien, DDS, and his team offer an array of orthodontic treatments. Call the Temecula, California, office or use online booking to make an appointment today.
Orthodontics Q & A
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a type of dentistry that’s focused on correcting the position of your teeth and bones.
If your teeth are crooked or come in at odd angles, they’re also more challenging to care for and clean. In some instances, orthodontic issues can also cause pain and general discomfort.
Why do I need orthodontic treatment?
If you want a straighter smile to improve your confidence, you may want to consider orthodontic treatment. The treatments are versatile and can be used to correct a variety of issues, including:
- Crossbite or “buck teeth”
- Open bite
- Misplaced midline
Orthodontic treatment can also be used to improve issues such as overcrowding or significant gaps and spaces.
What types of orthodontic treatment are available?
At Sunshine Dental, Inc, the team offers a comprehensive suite of orthodontic options including:
Clear Correct clear aligners are made of medical-grade plastic and fit snugly over the tops of your teeth. Unlike traditional braces, there are no wires, brackets, or rubber bands involved. Instead, the clear aligners apply slight pressure to your teeth and bones, which moves them into place over time.
Clear Correct aligners can also be removed regularly and are typically more affordable than other clear aligners currently available on the market.
Traditional braces are made of high-grade stainless steel and use metal brackets and archwires to move your teeth and bones into position. This type of braces also allows some customization, as you can select colorful rubber bands to display your unique style.
Self-ligating braces are similar to traditional braces, but they don’t require the use of rubber bands. As a result, you can attend fewer appointments and are less likely to experience soreness, swelling, or general discomfort associated with elastic components.
Clear (ceramic) braces
Ceramic braces are made of light-colored materials that mimic the shade of your natural teeth, which means they’re also less visible and more aesthetically pleasing than metallic braces.
Ceramic braces are larger and more fragile than traditional braces and are generally recommended only for your upper set of teeth.
For professionals who work or play in the public eye, lingual braces provide a safe, subtle, and effective orthodontic treatment option. Your dentist puts lingual braces behind your teeth, so they’re completely hidden from view.
How long does orthodontic treatment take?
The length of your orthodontic treatment depends on a variety of factors, including the original condition of your teeth and the type of orthodontic appliances selected. However, most patients can achieve straighter teeth and a more pleasing smile within one to three years.
To learn more about how the expert orthodontists at Sunshine Dental, Inc can transform your smile, call or use the online booking tool to make an appointment today.