We offer traditional braces, invisalign, and other orthodontic options
Our orthodontic specialists in Downtown, Los Angeles offer a wide array of orthodontist braces and other orthodontics in order to meet the diverse needs of the Los Angeles population.
Dental braces (also known as orthodontic braces, or simply braces) are devices used in the orthodontic industry that help align and straighten teeth and help to position them with regard to a person’s bite, while also working to improve dental health.
They are often used to correct:
- cross bites
- open bites
- deep bites
- crooked teeth
- various other flaws of the teeth and jaw
Orthodontist braces can be either cosmetic or structural. Dental braces or orthodontic braces are often used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliances to help widen the palate or jaws and to otherwise assist in shaping the teeth and jaws.
Looking to straighten your teeth?
Let us help! We offer FREE orthodontic evaluations to craft you a personalized treatment plan. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children by the age of 7 receive an orthodontic evaluation.
An examination will help in making decisions
Straightening or moving the teeth into better positioning can ease pressure, improve the bite and protect teeth from sustaining damage, as in the example of protruding teeth. Orthodontic treatment will correct a number of problems where just applying crowns or veneers will not alleviate the strain on the jaw muscles that can be responsible for causing headaches. Our team of orthodontist dentist professionals at Washington Dental can help you learn and understand what your best options may be.
Orthodontics for both adults and children
The improvements and variety of options that have been made available in orthodontic treatment in recent years have made braces more popular among adults where it was long considered only a treatment for children. However, age has less to with having the proper alignment and number of teeth. In fact, children often must wait for their permanent teeth to come in before treatment will do any good. Well before that, there will have been a full examination including x-rays and molds of the bite made by an orthodontist dentist.
The different orthodontic appliances available
There are a number of orthodontic appliances, as they are called, that make up the mechanism of braces. Some are plates that can be removed for cleaning. There are functional appliances that are used to change the way the jaw is growing. Others are fixed with brackets and flexible wires that have bands temporarily applied to the teeth. Fixed orthodontist braces are not meant to be removable in order to guide the teeth more accurately.
The advent of plastics and ceramics offer more attractive and even fun choices. There are even invisible braces made from tough, clear plastic. These “aligners” must be worn at least 22 hours per day to be effective only being removed to eat and clean the teeth. After a couple of weeks these molds are then replaced with the next progressive set. We also offer the popular Invisalign braces option – which work very well for adults that cannot afford to deal with traditional braces.
We can also discuss you or your child’s best plan of action for straighter teeth that also offer more functionality.