Misaligned teeth are more than a cosmetic issue. Crooked teeth collect bacteria more easily, and improper bites cause painful jaw conditions.
At Perfect Smiles California, serving Chula Vista, CA, orthodontist Myriam Falcon can correct your dental alignment.
Visit us and see why patients of all ages in San Diego, CA, choose our dental practice for orthodontic treatment.
Conditions Orthodontics Can Address
- Crooked teeth
- Bite misalignment
The Benefits of Orthodontics
Having straighter teeth will significantly improve the appearance of your smile and help make a great first impression. Orthodontic procedures from our dentist's office gently shift your teeth into their new positions over time, making your smile more symmetrical and balanced.
Straighter teeth are easier to clean than crooked teeth, lowering your risk of cavities, gum disease, and other oral health concerns. An uneven bite can cause painful conditions like TMJ disorder. Aligning your bite will reduce your need for corrective dental treatments in the future.
Interested in Orthodontics? Request a Consultation Today
If you are interested in orthodontic treatment for yourself or your child, we encourage you to request a consultation with Perfect Smiles California in Chula Vista, CA, today. During your initial consultation, our orthodontist and her team will examine your bite and recommend the best orthodontic treatment for your case.
We are experienced in providing orthodontic care to patients of all ages, and we are always ready to welcome new patients. Requesting a consultation with us is easy. You can fill out our online appointment request form, or simply give us a call at
Meet Our Orthodontist
Dr. Falcon has been practicing orthodontics since 2006. She has a master's degree in orthodontics from LaSalle University, and she is affiliated with the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, and the San Diego County Dental Society. She takes great pride in helping the community of Chula Vista achieve better oral health through orthodontic treatment.
Three Reasons to Choose Our Orthodontist
We are committed to using the most advanced technology at every stage of treatment. We use state-of-the-art scanners to create a 3D digital model of your bite, allowing us to accurately predict your orthodontic timeline. Additionally, all of the orthodontic services we offer utilize modern methodologies to produce results faster than ever.
Made in the U.S.A.
Other orthodontists use cheaply manufactured products from China, India, and other foreign countries. These poorly made orthodontic materials can actually damage the exterior of your teeth. At Perfect Smiles California, we provide high-quality treatment by only using orthodontic products that are produced by American companies. While this may make our services cost slightly more, we believe this added investment can make a tremendous difference in the outcome of your treatment.
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Our Orthodontic Options
Braces remain an effective solution for moving the crowns and roots of teeth into proper alignment. By threading wires through brackets attached to the surfaces of teeth, we can predictably apply gentle pressure to push and pull teeth into position. At Perfect Smiles California, we offer several braces options, including the cutting-edge DAEMON Braces System and Quick Aligners. When applying braces, our orthodontist uses an advanced indirect bonding technique that lets us apply an entire set of braces in a relatively short appointment.
Everyone wants perfectly aligned teeth, but treatment with metal orthodontics can be too noticeable or uncomfortable for some. Fortunately, at our orthodontic practice, qualifying patients are able to discreetly and comfortably straighten their smiles with ClearCorrect. These systems use a series of clear aligners to gradually shift teeth into proper alignment. Clear aligners are a particularly great option for adults who only have minor misalignment. These patients can sometimes complete orthodontic treatment in less than one year.
Ask About Orthodontic Treatment Today
Misaligned teeth can damage both your self-esteem and your oral health. However, the proper orthodontic treatment can give you a beautiful, healthier smile.
Orthodontic treatment can take longer than a year to complete, but Perfect Smiles California will be there every step of the way. Our orthodontist and dentist will carefully adjust your braces or aligners throughout the months you wear them. While wearing Invisalign® or braces for a year or longer may seem like a long time, the benefits of having straighter teeth will last a lifetime.
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DAEMON Braces: An Innovative and Effective Option
Our orthodontist usually recommends the DAEMON system for teens or adults who need braces. Unlike traditional braces, the DAEMON system is self-ligating, which means that the brackets have a slide mechanism through which the wire is inserted. This is different from traditional braces that use elastic bands to keep wires fastened to brackets.
By not using elastic bands, it allows teeth to move more quickly and more comfortably. Also, because there are no bands to tighten, change, or maintain, you can complete your treatment with fewer visits to our office.
ClearCorrect Discreet and Comfortable Orthodontics
In the world of clear orthodontic aligners, Invisalign has the greatest amount of name recognition. However, we often recommend ClearCorrect, an alternative to Invisalign, to teens or adults who want clear aligners.
ClearCorrect works in the exact same way as Invisalign. When you choose this treatment, we will create a highly precise digital model of your bite and then design a unique treatment plan involving a series of aligners that will gradually shift your teeth into proper position. Because they are made of smooth, transparent plastic, aligners are both more discreet and more comfortable than metal braces.
The reason we usually work with ClearCorrect over Invisalign is simple: ClearCorrect tends to be more affordable. If you have questions about orthodontics involving clear aligners, please contact us today.
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Your Dental Partner for Life Choose a Comprehensive Practice for Orthodontic Care
Perfect Smiles California is a comprehensive dental practice serving patients all over San Diego. There are many benefits to choosing a full-service practice for your orthodontic treatment:
- We will maintain your records after the conclusion of your orthodontic treatment, allowing us to provide continued care with knowledge of your dental history.
- We will provide you with retainers at the end of your orthodontic treatment and will be able to monitor your alignment as you continue to visit us for your regular dental exams.
- You will be able to continue to receive care from a friendly team who knows your name and is invested in your success.
Our dentist, orthodontist, and compassionate team look forward to helping you and your family achieve and maintain outstanding oral health.
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Does Orthodontic Treatment Hurt?
While patients should not experience any significant pain, the tension placed on your teeth can cause soreness and may take some adjustment time.
The first few days after getting your wire braces adjusted can be uncomfortable. Patients can use orthodontic wax to help ease areas that are irritated.
Invisalign can also be uncomfortable in the beginning. Your mouth may be sore as you adjust to your aligners. Over-the-counter medication can help you manage any pain.
Our team at our dentist's office will help you minimize discomfort. If you feel substantial pain or experience a sudden increase in pain, contact our Chula Vista office.
How Should I Clean My Orthodontic Aligner?
Your orthodontic aligner works hard to give you a stunning smile. However, it also needs your help to stay free from build-up. All you need to do is add one small step to your regular routine.
- Each time you go to brush your teeth, take out your aligner.
- Then, run the aligner under some water, taking care not to let it turn too hot. Otherwise, it may warp the material.
- Next, use your toothbrush to thoroughly brush the outside and inside of the aligner.
- After that, rinse the aligner one more time.
Once you've completed those steps for both clear aligners, you can put them back in again.
How Should I Clean My Teeth With Braces?
As you undergo orthodontic treatment, it's important to continue caring for your teeth and gums. Braces can collect food debris, leading to plaque buildup, but an oral care routine can keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout treatment. Our orthodontist in Chula Vista recommends:
- Using a soft-bristle toothbrush to brush your teeth and braces after every meal.
- Flossing once a day using waxed floss or a floss threader to properly clean between teeth and reduce the risk of gum disease.
- Attending all checkups with our dental office so we can give you a thorough cleaning and make sure your treatment is progressing smoothly.
How to Maintain Your Results Keeping Your New Smile Straight
Orthodontic care represents an exciting investment in your appearance. So, it makes sense that you'd want to maintain your incredible results.
Though teeth may shift slightly over time, you can improve the longevity of your beautiful smile with the following methods.
Wear Your Retainer Nightly
Over time, your teeth may start to shift. That means that they could become crooked or misaligned — even to the point of requiring you to need braces again.
However, we will give you a resource to ensure that doesn't happen when we fit you with a retainer. Remember to wear it nightly!
Clean Your Retainer Regularly
You brush your teeth twice a day — so shouldn't you clean your retainer too? Prevent buildup from accumulating and impacting your alignment by regularly and properly cleaning your retainer.
You can do this the same way you clean your orthodontic aligner, by brushing and rinsing it.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
You've got a gorgeous new smile coming! Keep it healthy and clean by practicing good oral hygiene.
That means brushing twice a day, flossing, and going to your regular dentist appointments. Otherwise, conditions like gum disease or cavities could impact your smile.
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Paying for Orthodontics
At our practice serving Chula Vista, National City, and San Diego, CA, we understand that many families are concerned about the cost of orthodontics. We do everything we can to make treatment as affordable as possible. We accept most dental insurances, and we also work with several third-party lenders. If you have questions about the cost of orthodontics, don't hesitate to give us a call at
How long does treatment last?
Orthodontic treatment lasts an average of 18-24 months, but treatment times ultimately depend on the method you've chosen and your diligence. ClearCorrect aligners will need to be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day to effectively align your teeth. If your braces become damaged or a bracket comes off a tooth, contact your orthodontist to repair it immediately. Failure to do so may result in a longer treatment time.
What's the ideal age for orthodontic treatment?
Though it's typically recommended children undergo orthodontic treatment between the ages of nine and 14, it's never too late. Even if you're an adult, our orthodontist can find a treatment method that corrects your concerns, fits your lifestyle, and stays within your budget.
What's the cost range for treatment?
At our Chula Vista office, orthodontic treatment typically costs anywhere from $4,800 to $5,800 because we have many advanced options and we only use the best materials that are safe for your teeth. Though this may seem costly, orthodontic treatment can prevent dental problems that are more expensive to fix. We accept most insurances and many financing options so treatment is always within reach.
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