At Perfect Smiles California, we offer an experienced in-house orthodontist, Dr. Myriam Falcon, to help with all of your orthodontic goals! Dr. Falcon enjoys transforming our patients' smiles through our many orthodontic options, including several options for braces, helping them to have the improved health and confidence that a straighter smile can bring.
An orthodontic evaluation allows Dr. Falcon to assess your current oral state or your child’s oral development. During the evaluation, Dr. Falcon will inspect the teeth and gums, as well as the bones and muscles in you or your child’s mouth. An orthodontic evaluation will give you the ability to plan ahead for your child’s future dental needs and braces to correct any issues.
Traditional Metal Braces
Metal braces are still the most common type of braces for orthodontic patients. Modern metal braces are much more comfortable than ones worn in the past, as they’re flatter and smaller.
Dr. Falcon may recommend braces if you suffer from crooked teeth, crowded teeth, jaw problems or a misaligned bite.
Phase I & Phase II Orthodontic Treatments
If Dr. Falcon performs your child’s orthodontic evaluation and concludes that treatment is necessary, we will complete it in a two-phase approach. Phase I is usually between the ages of 6 and 10, while they still have most of their primary teeth.
Dr. Falcon may recommend expansion, an active retainer or partial braces as part of the Phase I treatment. The goal of Phase I is to better prepare your child’s jaws to make room for their permanent teeth and improve the relationship between their upper and lower jaws.
Phase II occurs dependent on your child’s growth. The goal of this phase is to make sure each tooth is located in the best location possible to function properly. Phase II usually involves full upper and lower braces for your child and will not begin until all of your child’s permanent teeth have erupted. Phase II treatment usually lasts for a minimum of 24 months depending on the individual needs of your child.
Your child might need a space maintainer if they lose a tooth early or have a baby tooth extracted. If your child needs a space maintainer, Dr. Falcon will custom make it to fit your child’s mouth. Its purpose is to keep the space where the baby tooth was lost open in order to allow the permanent tooth to come into place.
Baby teeth are vital to the healthy development of adult teeth, jawbones, muscles. Often, if a space maintainer is not used, your child’s other teeth can shift into the open space and future, more invasive orthodontic treatment might be needed.
Teeth are seen as crooked because they erupt in the mouth at an angle, instead of upright. This means the root of the tooth is not straight. Fastbraces® Technology is a procedure that targets the root of the tooth to straighten your smile. Fastbraces® Technology uses triangular-shaped braces and a super-elastic nickel-titanium wire.
Traditional braces move the crown of the tooth in the first year, then the root of the tooth in the second year. FastBraces® Technology helps move the crown and root of the teeth at the same time, resulting in a straighter smile in 3-12 months.
ClearCorrect™ Invisible Braces
ClearCorrect™ is a clear aligner system used to straighten teeth instead of using traditional metal braces. The system straightens teeth using custom-made, removable aligners that gradually move teeth over time to give you the smile you want.
Caring for your smile after orthodontic treatment is a vital part of making sure your teeth don’t move after your orthodontic treatment.
This is a critical follow-up stage that usually involves wearing a retainer. At Perfect Smiles California we offer several different types, all of which are custom-made to fit your smile.
Ready to take the next step toward creating your best and healthiest smile? Call Perfect Smiles California in Chula Vista today to schedule your appointment!
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