Orthodontics Cerritos CA

Orthodontics

ORTHODONTICS IN CERRITOS, CA

As experienced family dentists at Dentist of Cerritos, we enjoy working with children, teens, and adults to create beautiful, dazzling smiles through the practice of modern orthodontics. If you or your child needs braces or Invisalign in Southern California, we can help!

WHAT IS ORTHODONTICS?

Orthodontics is the field of dentistry that specializes in the correction of “malocclusions” in the mouth. A malocclusion is any form of problem with the teeth or jaw that results in misalignment that affects form or function. For example, teeth that are coming in too crowded can end up becoming misaligned, which can then ruin the bite of the jaw.

WHO NEEDS ORTHODONTICS?

An orthodontist is typically seen as someone who works more with children, but our highly qualified staff orthodontist works with people of all ages who want a straighter, better aligned smile. No matter what your age, you can still benefit from orthodontics.

We also recommend that children come have their first visit with the orthodontist around the age of 7 to assess the incoming permanent teeth. This way, we can plan ahead for any possible issues.

WHAT ARE BRACES?

Braces are one of the primary ways that we can correct teeth and jaw problems due to malocclusions. At Dentist of Cerritos, we offer two main types of braces:

WHAT ARE TRADITIONAL METAL BRACES?

Traditional metal braces use metal braces and wires to gently guide the teeth into their ideal position. Traditional metal braces are economical and a tried-and-true way of straightening teeth. Today’s modern brackets are smaller than those previously used, so they are more discreet and attractive. Kids can choose from multicolored elastics to create a unique and personal smile.

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WHAT ARE PORCELAIN CERAMIC BRACES?

Porcelain ceramic braces use clear or tooth-colored ceramic to create the brackets, which makes these braces virtually invisible. These are popular among older kids, teens, and adults. They can be slightly more fragile than metal braces, and thus we tighten them more slowly, making them take a little longer overall. But for many patients, they are well worth it!

WHAT ARE INVISALIGN CLEAR ALIGNERS?

Invisalign clear aligners are an amazing orthodontic technology that gets the same results as braces but without wires and brackets. Instead, you must wear custom-molded plastic trays that are fitted to your teeth for 22+ hours per day. They are comfortable and can be taken out for eating, brushing, and flossing.

WHAT ARE RETAINERS?

Retainers are typically worn after someone has gone through a course of treatment with braces or Invisalign. However, sometimes they are used on their own to help guide teeth into position. Retainers are removable and are worn at a specific schedule to “retain” the changes created by the braces or clear aligners.

HOW DO I GET STARTED WITH ORTHODONTICS IN CERRITOS?

Whether it’s for yourself or your child, contact Dentist of Cerritos at (562) 414-5064 to schedule a consultation. Our orthodontist will perform an exam, and we will take X-rays and possibly impressions of your teeth. Once a course of treatment is instituted, we will schedule your follow-ups to install the braces and/or start your Invisalign treatment.

WHAT IS THE COST OF ORTHODONTICS?

The cost for orthodontics treatments depends on the specific treatment. Both braces and Invisalign clear aligners can cost a few thousand dollars. Some of this may be covered by your dental insurance. We also offer affordable financing plans, as we are committed to helping families maintain their oral health.

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