Orthodontics FAQs Cerritos CA

Orthodontics FAQs

Orthodontics FAQs Cerritos, CA

Dentist of Cerritos offers specialized orthodontic treatment options designed to meet your needs and budget. If you have crooked or crowded teeth, you can get your smile back using orthodontics. Orthodontics not only gives you a beautiful smile, but it corrects teeth and jaw misalignments that can cause a host of oral health issues. On this page, Dentist of Cerritos will take the time to answer some of the most frequently asked questions we receive concerning orthodontics.

What Does Orthodontics Encompass?

Orthodontics is a specialty that focuses on correcting misalignments of the teeth, mouth, and jaws. Dr. Hamid is a trained orthodontist at Dentist of Cerritos. He offers innovative orthodontic services and treatments that help straighten your smile, boost your confidence, and enhance your overall wellbeing.

What is the Required Training to Become an Orthodontist?

Orthodontists are trained beyond what a regular dentist is. For example, after they become a dentist, they are required to have 2 to 3 additional years of training with an orthodontic focus. Dr. Hamid completed his dentistry training at The University of Southern California before studying orthodontics at Harvard University’s School of Dental Medicine.

What Are My Options for Straightening My Smile at Dentist of Cerritos?

Dentist of Cerritos offers several options for straightening your smile. We offer metal braces, porcelain ceramic braces, and Invisalign® clear aligners. Each of these options come with a unique set of benefits:

Metal Braces

Metal braces from Dentist of Cerritos are a durable and affordable orthodontic option. They use brackets and wires to pull the teeth into alignment over a period of time. Kids and young adults can also have fun customizing metal braces by choosing different colors for the brackets and elastic bands.

Porcelain Ceramic Braces

Porcelain ceramic braces are less noticeable than metal braces but not quite as durable. The brackets are made of porcelain or ceramic and are typically clear or tooth-colored. Usually, they are worn slightly longer than metal braces because they are adjusted more slowly over time. Although more expensive than metal braces, they are still not as much as Invisalign® aligners.


Invisalign® aligners are almost completely invisible. This more expensive option helps individuals straighten their teeth without the hassle or visibility of wires and brackets. Custom plastic trays are crafted using digital impressions of the teeth, providing a smooth and comfortable fit. This option is highly popular with young adults and professionals who want a discretely straightened smile.

How Long Will I Need Orthodontic Treatment from Dentist of Cerritos?

There is not a set time for orthodontic treatment. This is because some individuals may have more crooked or crowded teeth than others. However, orthodontic treatment typically takes anywhere from several months to several years to complete.

What Are the Benefits of Orthodontics?

Orthodontics provides an aesthetically pleasing solution for a crooked smile. However, orthodontics extends beyond looks. For example, crooked teeth can cause oral health problems. A misaligned bite can make it difficult to eat, chew, and speak correctly, and it can cause a painful disorder known as TMJ. Crowded and crooked teeth can be harder to keep clean, and plaque buildup can contribute to gingivitis or periodontal disease.

Am I a Good Candidate for Orthodontics at Dentist of Cerritos?

If you are ready to take charge of your smile, you are a good candidate for orthodontics at Dentist of Cerritos! Children and adults alike can benefit from orthodontic treatment. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists notes that children as young as seven years old may benefit from orthodontic treatment.

How Can I Maintain My New Smile After Orthodontic Treatment?

Retainers are used to maintain your newly aligned teeth after orthodontic treatment. Retainers are necessary because teeth sometimes try to revert back to their old position. Retainers keep them aligned while the soft tissue and bone adjust to their new position and help hold them in place. Retainers can be either removable or permanent, and Dentist of Cerritos can help determine the best type of retainer for you.

How Long Am I Required to Wear My Retainer from Dentist of Cerritos?

Dentist of Cerritos will help you know the exact length of time you need to wear your retainer. However, retainers are usually worn for at least a year after orthodontic treatment. After this, they are usually worn each night to continue protecting your smile.

How Much Are Orthodontics at Dentist of Cerritos?

Dentist of Cerritos offers multiple orthodontic treatments, so it is difficult to estimate an exact cost. On average, orthodontics can cost several thousand dollars. Dental insurance may help pay for orthodontic treatment as well. However, Dentist of Cerritos offers flexible payment plans and easy financing so that California residents can get the dream smile they deserve!

Are You Ready to Achieve Your Dream Smile?

Schedule your orthodontic consultation at Dentist of Cerritos in Cerritos, CA today when you contact us or call (562) 414-5064!

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