If you have an overbite, underbite, or crossbite, or if your teeth suffer from crowding or spacing, these dental concerns can mar the beauty and function of your teeth. At William Chan and Associates, our treatment can move teeth into their ideal position and correct malocclusion. As a result, together we achieve a smile which no longer has to entail extended discomfort or an awkward appearance. Dr. Ben Chan, our highly skilled board certified orthodontist, provides individualized treatment plans that prioritize your anatomical needs, cosmetic goals, personal comfort, and future stability.
Comprehensive orthodontics is designed to address needs within the permanent teeth dentition. If your child’s adult teeth have yet to erupt, early phase treatment can help to correct oral problems that cannot wait until the full adult dentition. For more information about all our orthodontic options, please contact our office today. We can answer your questions and help you schedule a consultation with Dr. Chan.
Benefits of Orthodontics
Orthodontics can include a wide range of techniques that are designed to bring the teeth into better alignment and eliminate malocclusion. Traditional metal braces, Invisalign®, removable appliances, and other approaches are available to give you or your child the best experience and outcome possible. If you have any of the following, orthodontics may be able to help:
- Spaces, gaps, or missing teeth
- Overbite, underbite, or crossbite
- Problems chewing, eating, drinking, breathing, or speaking due to malocclusion
- Dissatisfaction with the appearance of your smile
- Neck, jaw, or jaw joint pain
In addition to greater comfort and improved results, advances in orthodontic techniques include more discreet appliances. In many cases, you can undergo teeth orthodontic treatment with virtually invisible hardware. If you’re concerned with the appearance of traditional metal braces, we may be able to offer inconspicuous alternatives that better suit your lifestyle.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Orthodontics
Choosing the right orthodontic treatment for your individual characteristics and desired outcome requires some consideration. To make this process as easy as possible, Dr. Chan has answered some commonly asked questions about braces and other orthodontic appliances. This will hopefully serve as a helpful resource as you make a decision. If you would like to know more, please contact our office to schedule a personal consultation where we can tailor a plan just for you.
Am I too “old” for braces?
No one is too “old” for braces; everyone’s needs, goals, and experiences are unique. In fact, as many as 25% of orthodontic patients are adults. If you want to improve your smile for aesthetic or functional reasons (or both), then you are probably a good candidate for orthodontic treatment. We can help you determine which method is ideal based on an oral evaluation.
What types of braces are right for me?
Advances in orthodontia have given us a wide range of choices to help straighten teeth and improve bite misalignment (malocclusion). Traditional metal braces are still an option, and there are several other methods that use ceramic brackets and no metal parts at all. One of the most popular approaches is Invisalign®, which uses a series of clear aligner trays to gradually adjust the teeth into the optimal position. It’s now possible to improve your smile with greater discretion than ever before. We understand as an adult you may be hesitant to select a treatment that makes you feel self-conscious, and we can assist you in finding a solution that works with your lifestyle and offers ideal results.
How long will treatment take?
Orthodontic treatment varies in length for each person based on a number of factors, including the type of orthodontics used, the complexity of the case, and how dedicated the patient is to the program. Most patients can straighten their teeth in nine months to two years. We can provide specifics during your initial consultation once we have evaluated your smile and determined the ideal approach. You can help speed up the process by taking excellent care of your orthodontic appliances, maintaining healthy oral hygiene, and attending all scheduled appointments.
How often will I need to schedule appointments?
This will also depend on the type of orthodontic treatment you receive. For traditional braces, visits are usually scheduled every five to 10 weeks. Appointments typically are fewer and less often for Invisalign® than with traditional braces. The complexity of your case and your lifestyle will also be factors that we consider. If you have any questions about the frequency of your visits, please don’t hesitate to ask questions to better understand our process. We want you to feel involved and become well-informed about each stage of this exciting journey.
Will teeth straightening hurt?
Most people find that the teeth-straightening process does not hurt, but sometimes your teeth or oral structures may be sore. When you have your orthodontic appliances adjusted, or when you switch to the next aligner in your series, you may find that your teeth feel a little “tight” or there may be mild sensation of pressure. This effect should fade quickly, and if needed, you can take over-the-counter pain medication until it passes.
If you never had the chance to address crooked or crowded teeth as a child, or if your child has misaligned teeth, Dr. Chan can help. Contact us today for more information about orthodontics or to schedule a consultation at your convenience.