If Mother Nature didn’t provide you or your child with straight teeth and an aligned bite, orthodontics are the perfect solution. At Grace Dental Group, Woo Young Lee, DDS, and Sean Kim, DDS, offer complete orthodontic services, providing patients in San Francisco, California, with straight teeth they’re proud to show off. To learn more about your options in orthodontics, including braces and Invisalign®, call the Fillmore District office or request an appointment using the online scheduling feature.
Few people are born with teeth that neatly line up, leaving them to struggle with crooked teeth and alignment problems, which is where orthodontics comes in. Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that’s concerned with correcting your bite and straightening your teeth.
While a smile that’s backed by straight teeth is a great goal when it comes to orthodontics, ensuring that your child’s teeth, or your teeth, are properly aligned goes far beyond aesthetic concerns. First, crooked teeth provide ample opportunity for tooth decay as cleaning crooked teeth is more difficult. This allows harmful bacteria to invade those hard-to-reach places and create cavities.
As well, a bite that doesn’t line up can lead to bigger problems, such as pain in your temporomandibular joints on either side of your jaw.
The team at Grace Dental Group offers many options when it comes to lining up your teeth and your bite, including:
Braces are metal appliances that your dentist affixes to your teeth, using a wire that runs through brackets on each of your teeth to gradually reposition them and correct your bite. Braces have come a long way over the years and they’re now sleeker, smaller, and more comfortable.
If your child’s teeth (or your own) require minimal straightening, a retainer is a great solution. This removable appliance gently keeps your teeth moving in the right direction. The dentists at Grace Dental Group often turn to a retainer to put the finishing touches on your teeth after your braces come off.
Invisalign uses clear aligners that fit snugly over your teeth to guide them into position. The clear aligners are nearly invisible in your mouth and they’re also removable, allowing you to eat and clean your teeth with ease.
There’s no one-size-fits-all timeline for straightening teeth. When you first come in, the team at Grace Dental Group uses the latest equipment, including advanced imaging technology, to determine the best path forward for straightening your teeth. Once you choose the option that’s best for your child or you, your dentist provides you with a rough timeline. Most patients can straighten their teeth in 6-24 months.
For more information about the orthodontic solutions at Grace Dental Group, call or use the online booking tool.