Orthodontics Specialist

Lodi Healthy Smiles

Gladys Cruz, DDS

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Lodi, CA

Straightening your teeth doesn’t just make your smile more attractive. It also helps you keep your teeth clean and healthy, limiting your risk of gum disease and tooth decay. The team at Lodi Healthy Smiles in Lodi, California, offers excellent orthodontic treatment plans to help you obtain a healthier, more appealing smile. The dental professionals provide traditional braces as well as more discreet alternatives. If you’re considering orthodontics, call the office or book an appointment online today to learn more about your options.

Orthodontics Q & A

What is orthodontics? 

Orthodontics refers to a variety of different methods to straighten teeth into optimal alignment. When your teeth are crooked, crevices can form where harmful bacteria accumulate. Over time, this can increase your risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease. 

With orthodontic treatment, you can shift your teeth into proper alignment and prevent oral health problems. You’ll also come out of treatment with a more attractive smile. 

What options do I have when it comes to orthodontics? 

The team at Lodi Healthy Smiles offers different orthodontic treatments catering to your varied needs and preferences. However, in most cases, traditional braces with metal brackets are used to address more severe alignment issues. 

With traditional metal brackets, controlled force helps gradually shift your teeth into proper alignment over time. If you’d like to make traditional braces more discreet, you can opt for clear brackets. 

When you come in for scheduled visits, a Lodi Healthy Smiles expert will adjust the wiring to ensure the continued proper movement of your teeth. 

The team at Lodi Healthy Smiles can offer variations on traditional braces, as well. For younger patients, colored wiring can be enticing. If you’re looking for something more discreet, a more natural tooth-colored wiring can be used for less noticeable appearance. 

Am I too old for orthodontics? 

The short answer is no, you’re never too old for orthodontics. Plenty of adults decide to undergo orthodontic treatment to straighten their teeth. It’s never too late to improve your appearance and oral health. 

How long does treatment with orthodontics take? 

The length of your treatment plan varies depending on factors such as your age, the state of your smile, and the type of orthodontics you choose. 

Generally, orthodontic treatment takes approximately 12 months, on average. However, in some cases, the process is significantly shorter or longer.   

The experts at Lodi Healthy Smiles are only interested in getting your optimal results. Sometimes, that means slightly longer treatment plans. But, when you complete your orthodontic treatment, you’ll be ecstatic with the way your smile looks. 

To learn more about orthodontics at Lodi Healthy Smiles, call up the office or schedule a consultation with the team online today.