What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontic treatments help move teeth that are twisted or do not fit together properly. Crooked or twisted teeth can be harder to clean, so there could be a risk of having cavities and gum disease. Orthodontics can help keep your mouth healthy and help you maintain a beautiful smile. Using x-rays and other dental techniques will help your dentist decide if orthodontic treatments (traditional braces) are suitable for your teeth.

When should Orthodontic Treatment Begin?

The best age to start treatment is between 10 and 14 years old. This is when a child’s mouth are still growing and teeth are much easier to set straight.  Contact Smile Center Southern California for a free consultation (626–918-3388).

How to Practice Good Oral Care?

In general, teeth have very tiny gaps where pieces of food and plaque can build up. This can cause yellow stains, tooth decay, and gum disease. Therefore, it is vital to brush and floss your teeth after every meal you have. If you are currently in orthodontic treatment,  electric toothbrushes are purposely designed to help to maintain excellent oral health.  Practicing healthy habits will cut down on the amount of time you need to wear braces.

How to Protect Your Orthodontics (Braces)?

  1. Don’t chew on hard objects such as pens or ice cubes.
  2. Don’t bite your nails or play with any type elastics.
  3. Don’t eat hard or sticky foods such as popcorn or chewing gums.
  4. Brush and Floss regularly.  Our dentist also encourage using mouthwash.