Orthodontics - Encinitas Dental Care
If you know someone who has a beautiful, straight smile, they likely had orthodontic treatment at some point in their lives. Orthodontic intervention sets the foundation for a life-long healthy smile with well-aligned teeth and bite. At La Costa Dental, our Encinitas orthodontic services are comprehensive and include treatment for children, teens, and adults. We help patients of all ages enjoy beautiful and healthy smiles.
Early Orthodontics for Children
Building a healthy smile that children can feel good about involves looking at bite alignment and the development of baby teeth versus adult teeth. In determining which treatments will help your child grow into a well-aligned smile, our Encinitas orthodontist makes sure that permanent teeth have enough room to develop, without crowding or causing other complications.
Our main goals in early orthodontic treatment for children are creating room for severely crowded permanent teeth, creating facial symmetry by influencing jaw growth, and reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth. The advantages of early treatment, for many patients, can include preventing tooth extractions or jaw surgery and decreasing treatment time with braces. After your child’s permanent dentition has moved into place, they can receive full treatment to help fine tune and straighten alignment of teeth and bite.
Orthodontic Treatment Options: Clear and Metal Braces
La Costa Dental offers orthodontic treatment for children, teens, and adults to help them achieve straight teeth and a comfortable bite. While some believe that orthodontic correction is all about making your smile look nicer, our Encinitas braces also promote better hygiene – as straight teeth are easier to brush and floss – and helps prevent uncomfortable issues that develop when jaw arches are not properly aligned.
We provide orthodontic treatment that includes:
Silver Braces – Metal orthodontics are a rite of passage for many young patients and are often the most conservative and predictable way to correct a range of issues, from severely misaligned teeth to re-aligning bite. Children often prefer metal braces, as they get to select fun colors for bands and many of their peers have the same appliances.
Clear Braces – For older patients who are in need of orthodontic care, but who are looking for a more low-profile treatment, La Costa Dental offers tooth-colored braces. These appliances include clear brackets and wires, so you can still benefit from full orthodontics, but can skip the obvious appearance of metal orthodontia.
Invisalign® - This alternative to bracket and wire braces systems is ideal for adult or teen patients who are looking for the most discreet and convenient treatment possible. Invisalign® utilizes a series of clear plastic aligners that are molded to the shape of your teeth. The aligners pop over your smile and help move your teeth into desired position. Invisalign® aligners are removable so you can more easily take care of your smile and enjoy your favorite foods.
TMJ Treatment with Braces and Splints – Misalignment of jaw arches creates painful side-effects, such as headaches, clicking and popping of jaw joints, ringing in ears, or teeth grinding. With braces and special splints, however, our Encinitas orthodontic office can help re-align your bite and alleviate discomfort associated with temporomandibular joint disorder.
Learn More about Orthodontics – Contact La Costa Dental
Our certified orthodontic specialist, Dr. Milliner, helps patients find effective solutions for crowded teeth and misaligned bite. To learn more about getting clear or metal braces in Encinitas, CA, contact our office today.