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Orthodontics is the oldest specialty of dentistry. It involves treatment of tooth malposition, bite distortion and growth imbalances of the jaws. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about braces and orthodontics:
Just as there are specialists in medicine (cardiologists, neurologists) there are specialists in dentistry. Orthodontists are dental specialists who dedicate their professional lives to correcting misaligned teeth and jaws. Following graduation from dental school an orthodontist will then go to a university based residency program for at least two to three additional academic years. By learning about tooth movement and guidance of facial development, orthodontists are uniquely trained experts in dentistry to straighten teeth and align jaws.
If you want to improve the look and feel of your smile, then any age can be a great age to visit Bergh Orthodontics in Glendale, CA. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of 7; however, braces and orthodontic treatment is not exclusive to children and teens, with about one in every five orthodontic patients being over the age of 21. Whether you’re considering adult braces or braces for your child, any time is a good time to visit your Glendale orthodontist.
Always remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day while wearing braces.
Braces are used by our orthodontist to help you improve the look and feel of your smile! There are several different types of braces to choose from, including:
The amount of time spent in braces can vary depending on the individual patient. Every smile responds differently to braces and orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic treatment times can take anywhere between 6 to 30 months; however, most standard treatments take about 22 months.
Braces do not often hurt; however, you may feel a small amount of discomfort for a couple days as your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth gets used to your new braces.
With braces, you should brush your teeth at least three times a day to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and clean. Brushing regularly will help remove any food that may be caught between the braces. You should also floss daily to get in between your braces where your brush isn’t able to reach. Our orthodontist at Bergh Orthodontics in Glendale, CA, can show you how to properly brush and floss once your braces are placed.
Yes!!! In fact, it’s even more important that patients receiving braces and orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. With braces, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush can’t reach. This causes bacteria to build up and can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with our orthodontist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.
Playing an instrument or a contact sport may require some adjustment when you first get your braces, but wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities. If you play a contact sport, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance.
You can also ask Dr. Bergh about braces styles that make school activities easier, such as removable Invisalign aligners or lingual behind the teeth braces.
Orthodontic exams (not braces) are recommended when a child turns age 7. This exam allows Glendale orthodontist Dr. Bergh to assess any potential obstacles to your child’s growth and development.
Treatment at an early age can be more minimally invasive, which can save your child time in treatment later, save permanent teeth from being extracted, and can even help avoid future jaw surgery. There is no need to worry or feel like a bad parent if your child is over age 7. Just be sure to call and schedule your Bergh Orthodontics Smile Analysis today so that orthodontist Dr. Bergh can evaluate whether treatment should begin now.
If early intervention isn’t needed, then during the middle school years (between the ages of 10-13) can be the best time to begin braces and orthodontic treatment. During this time, your child is still growing, which allows for easier tooth movement and jaw alignment that may not be possible without surgeries or extractions if treatment begins later in life.
During your first visit, we will take digital x-rays, perform a comprehensive exam, and provide you a complete consultation. After educating you on your options, together we will discuss what types of braces or orthodontic treatment, if any, makes the most sense.
To schedule your visit call 818.242.1173 or click here. Come experience Bergh Orthodontics, and you will see we offer the best braces for children and orthodontic treatment with a smile to patients in our local community, including Glendale, CA, Burbank, CA, La Crescenta, CA, La Canada, CA, Tujunga, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Pasadena, CA, South Pasadena, CA, Altadena, CA and Sunland, CA.
Braces are not just for kids! The truth is that people of all ages, including adolescents and adults, benefit from braces and orthodontic care. The result is healthier teeth and gums and improved chewing.
It is important that our orthodontist in the Glendale – Foothills area can treat patients of all ages. In fact, 30% of orthodontic patients Dr. Bergh sees are adults. Many adults are finding out how a healthy and attractive smile is important to their health and the way they feel about themselves. Others choose to avoid a lifetime of crooked teeth for health concerns or problems with their bite.
We find adolescents are excited about the impact of significant changes to their appearances. The importance of their self-image during this crucial developmental time is obvious. Additionally, we enjoy establishing patterns of good oral health they will use for a lifetime.
Most adults appear motivated to preserve and enhance their dental structures or to eliminate pain from their face and head. It is very rewarding to help them claim responsibility for improving their health.
These clear “aligners” work well for older teens and adults who would prefer an aesthetic approach to improving their smile. Not all patients are candidates for Invisalign treatment and should seek a specialist who recognizes the capabilities of Invisalign.
Invisalign is “clearly” one of the most desirable alternatives to braces for adults, and Dr. Bergh has 15 years of experience changing lives with smiles created with Invisalign. Not only has Glendale, CA, orthodontist Dr. Bergh received the Elite Preferred Provider award from Invisalign; for the past two years, he has been teaching his colleagues to change lives with smiles created with Invisalign.
During your free, no-obligation first visit, we will take digital x-rays, perform a comprehensive exam, and provide you a complete consultation. After educating you on your options, together we will discuss what treatment, if any, makes the most sense.
To schedule your free Bergh Orthodontics Smile Analylsis, call 818.242.1173 or click here. Come experience Bergh Orthodontics in Glendale, CA, and you will see we offer the best adult braces and orthodontic treatment with a smile to patients in our local community, including Glendale, CA, Burbank, CA, La Crescenta, CA, La Canada, CA, Tujunga, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Pasadena, CA, South Pasadena, CA, Altadena, CA and Sunland, CA.
If you have received a recommendation from an orthodontist in the Glendale – Foothills area of California area and it simply does not seem to fit your expectations, we invite you to our Glendale orthodontics office for a second opinion. We understand that some orthodontists will try to push you into a certain treatment plan simply because it is more expensive. The team at Bergh Orthodontics does not agree with this business model. We believe that it is more important to build trust with our patients and recommend a treatment plan that fits our patients’ lifestyle and budget, as well as your treatment needs.
If you have already seen a different orthodontist in the Glendale – Foothills area for your initial consultation for braces, you can still visit orthodontist Dr. Bergh for a FREE second opinion. Dr. Bergh and his orthodontics team will be glad to review your case and make a recommendation for an effective treatment plan to achieve your beautiful smile.
During your first visit, we will take digital x-rays, perform a comprehensive exam, and provide you a complete consultation. After educating you on your options, together we will discuss what treatment, if any, makes the most sense.
To schedule the visit for your second opinion, call 818.242.1173 or click here. Come experience Bergh Orthodontics in Glendale, CA, and you will see we offer the best braces and orthodontic treatment with a smile to patients in our local community, including Glendale, CA, Burbank, CA, La Crescenta, CA, La Canada, CA, Tujunga, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Pasadena, CA, South Pasadena, CA, Altadena, CA and Sunland, CA.
Our biggest compliment occurs when a dentist or patient from Dr. Bergh refers another great patient like you to us. We are looking forward to meeting you! The first step to see which braces or treatment you may potentially need is to schedule your first visit.
During your FREE first visit, we will take digital x-rays, perform a comprehensive exam, and provide you a complete consultation. After educating you on your options, together we will discuss what treatment, if any, makes the most sense.
To schedule your visit call 818.242.1173 or click here. Come experience Bergh Orthodontics in Glendale, CA, and you will see we offer the best braces and orthodontic treatment with a smile to patients in our local community, including Glendale, CA, Burbank, CA, La Crescenta, CA, La Canada, CA, Tujunga, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Pasadena, CA, South Pasadena, CA, Altadena, CA and Sunland, CA.
This patient started treatment at age eleven and wore braces for twenty-six months. He loves his new smile
This patient sucked her thumb as a young child. She started treatment at age thirteen. She had braces and a special appliance — called a crib — to retrain the tongue, for twenty-eight months. Now she can bite the lettuce out of a sandwich.
This adult patient (age twenty-five) required braces and jaw surgery to correct his severe overbite, with treatment taking two years. His problem could have been corrected without surgery if he had been treated before he was a teenager.
This patient’s lateral incisors were congenitally missing. She had braces for twenty months to move the teeth into the correct position, then the missing teeth were replaced with bonded “Maryland” bridges.
This patient’s underbite was causing her jaw joint discomfort and excessive wear patterns on her teeth. After thirty months of treatment starting at age thirty-two, she now finds smiling and chewing much easier.
This patient was bothered by the spaces between his teeth. Braces closed the spaces and gave him an ideal bite in twenty-four months. Special glued-in retainers help keep the spaces closed.
At age ten, this patient had a big overbite with the top teeth protruding beyond the bottom. She had two phases of treatment. The first helped her jaws to grow more harmoniously; the second aligned her teeth and bite. At age thirteen, she was proudly displaying her new smile.
Sometimes braces are not needed to get noticeable improvements in tooth alignment. This patient was first seen at age seven for crowding of the lower permanent teeth. A procedure was performed to reduce the width of the adjacent baby teeth and the permanent incisors aligned on their own in nine months.
This patient’s parents were concerned about both aesthetics and the health of the erupting permanent teeth when they brought him to the orthodontist at age eight. The lower front teeth were crowded and they touched the palate, and the upper front teeth were extremely displaced from their normal positions. After twenty months of Phase I treatment with an expander and partial braces, patient’s appearance and dental function was vastly improved.
The cost of your braces and orthodontic treatment will vary depending on your individual needs and treatment plan. Glendale orthodontist Dr. Brian Bergh and his staff will discuss with you the cost of your braces and orthodontic treatment, and each of your available payment plan options, so that you are able to make the best choice for you, and your smile. We will work with you to create a payment plan that fits your budget, and you will know what to expect before beginning treatment.
Your smile is yours forever, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to receive the best orthodontic care whenever you need it.
Our office staff is always available to help you with insurance claims and paperwork, if you have insurance that will be covering any portion of your braces and orthodontic treatment.
Please let us know if you have any questions about your insurance coverage, and tell us how we can help to make your entire orthodontic experience a pleasant one.
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