Orthodontics

 

Treatment for all Ages

We treat people of all ages. This includes infants, children, adolescents, and adults. We specialize in many areas of dentistry and each of our convenient locations is staffed with licensed and certified doctors and specialists.  Many of them are designated as Board Certified in their specialty of Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, Oral Surgery, Periodontics, or other disciplines within oral healthcare.

At OC Smile Dental & Orthodontics you are assured of receiving the best level of treatment executed by a certified team of professionals performing to the highest standards in the industry.  It is our goal, mission, and objective to positively touch each and every patient and their family, and make you smile, because… your smile is our passion.

Common Problems

Malocclusion

Malocclusion literally means “bad bite” and is the number one reason people see an orthodontist. There are many different forms of “bad bites” which can lead to variety of complications. There are many causes of malocclusion. Genetics are one of the leading factors. A child may be born with a disproportionate jaw. There are also environmental factors, such as thumb sucking beyond the age of 4.

Crowded Teeth

Crowded teeth, the opposite of spacing, are cause where there just isn’t enough space in the mouth for all those teeth. Crowding just gets worse over time as one tooth pushes over the other leading to overlapping teeth. Crowded teeth are harder to clean than straight teeth which  may lead to gum disease, cavities and/or  tooth decay. Crowding can often be corrected by expansion so as to avoid tooth removal.

Protruded Teeth

When the upper front teeth stick out too far forward, or the lower teeth don’t extend enough this is called protrusion. Because of the abnormal contact between the upper and lower front teeth it could cause injury to the lower teeth. It also causes poor bites and may even be from uneven jaw growth. This problem can be cause by thumb and finger sucking.

Midlines Off

In a perfectly aligned face there should be a straight line from the bridge of the nose to the bottom teeth…all should be lined up. If they are not and the bottom teeth are actually misaligned from the top teeth, then your midlines are off. When your midlines are off your teeth could be drifted on your lower jaw could be shifted, which could result in an improper bite.

Spacing

The malocclusion known as spacing is too much room between the teeth. Spacing can occur if teeth are missing, small, or if the dental arch is too wide. The most common complaint from patients with excessive spacing is the cosmetic concerns.

Open Bite

The common result of thumb sucking or tongue thrusting, an open bite is when you can actually stick your tongue between your teeth while biting down. An open bite is a cosmetic problem, but it can also cause chewing problems.

Overbite

An overbite, or deep bite is when the front teeth cover the lower teeth too much. An excessive overbite leads to wearing down of the teeth and may even cause the bottom teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth, a painful and unhealthy occurrence.

Crossbite

A crossbite is when the upper teeth fit into the inside of the lower back teeth. A crossbite causes tooth stratification and misaligned jaw growth.

Underbite

In an underbite, the lower jaw is longer than the upper which causes the lower teeth to protrude in front of the upper teeth. It is best to diagnose the problem early.

Technology

Orthodontic technology keeps advancing, and Smile Wide is a progressive practice that continually keeps pace with new developments. The new technologies we adopt allow us to achieve:

  • More accurate diagnoses

  • More precise treatment plans

  • Less conspicuous braces and teeth-straightening systems

  • Quicker treatment times

  • Less pain and discomfort during orthodontic treatment and dental work

  • Fewer check-ups

  • More efficient scheduling and customer service

Types of Braces

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces have progressed since the early days and are now lighter in weight and structure than they used to be. They are made from a surgical-grade stainless steel and have metal brackets that are attached to each tooth using a special adhesive. The brackets are linked to each other with a thin archwire, which puts pressure on the teeth to cause them to move slowly into the correct position.

The archwires are connected to the brackets using tiny elastics known as ligatures, or o-rings, which will be changed each time your braces are “tightened”.  Some types of braces have brackets that don’t need o-rings, and these are called self-ligating braces (see below).

Self Ligating Braces 

Self Ligating braces are braces with brackets that do not need ligatures (the small colored bands that hold the wire in place).  Rather than using ligatures or metal ties, the brackets themselves have a trap door that holds the arch wire in place.  This created less friction between the wire and the bracket.  With lingual braces, achieving beautiful, healthy smiles are fast and comfortable…an altogether highly attractive process.  Our patient-friendly design means that you have less chairtime, less discomfort and fewer office appointments than with traditional style braces.

Lingaul Braces

Lingual braces are a unique choice because patients can smile with confidence both during and after treatment.  Placed on the back side of the teeth, lingual braces are completely hidden from view. Lingual braces are 100% customized to meet the unique orthodontic prescription of every patient.  Customization can lead to a more convenient and comfortable treatment experience.

Clear Aligners & Removable Braces 

We offer Invisalign and ClearCorrect as an alternative to traditional braces. Clear aligners are a revolutionary system that utilizes 3-D computer graphics to design and manufacture customized clear appliances called “Aligners”. These appliances are virtually undetectable, easy-t-use and comfortable to wear. The invisible way to straighten your teeth, without braces. Invisalign and ClearCorrect can give you the beautiful straight teeth you’ve always wanted.

Wild Smiles Braces

Take your orthodontic braces from mild to wild with WildSmiles Braces! Designed to make your orthodontic experience fun, WildSmiles are a unique alternative to traditional braces, WildSmiles braces are specially designed braces that come in a variety of fun shapes including stars, hearts, soccer balls, basketballs, footballs, flowers and diamonds.

Clear Sapphire Braces

These work in the same way as traditional braces, but the brackets are made from a clear, transparent sapphire crystal. The braces are less visible to others, which makes them a popular choice for adults who need orthodontic treatment.

Your Smile, Our Passion.