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Why braces are important

You could think that braces are just for the looks of it. However, straighter teeth play a significant role in safety and wellness overall. Crooked teeth can cause speech issues, make it difficult to chew and create areas that are hard to clean, leading to tooth decay and gum disease.

How braces work

Braces push the teeth, by slowly moving them over months or years. That is just so easy! They can pull in an overjet, put together gapped teeth or straighten a crooked tooth.

These devices work on the surface of the teeth and jaws. Expanders, masks that pull and restrain chin bands will reshape both your jaw and teeth.

Since your teeth are embedded in your jaw's bone, moving your teeth allows the bone to move in front of the moving tooth and new bone to develop where the tooth was, which is why you can use braces to make lasting changes in your smile.

When's the right time to get braces?

At any age you can get braces and produce great results. But, to be fully honest, shifting teeth and adjusting bone structures when you're young is much easier, because you're still growing and your body, particularly bones, is easier to adjust.

Many problems need to be rectified early, such as underbites. If you're a mother, the dentist of your child should keep a close eye on their bite, from the baby teeth on. It will be time for a consultation with the Orthodontist at about the age of seven.

Understanding bite disorders

Cross bite:

If you have a cross bite, an upper tooth, or teeth, if you bite, you fall behind your lower teeth. At the front or side of your mouth, you can have a cross bite.

Over bite:

Over bite is how much your teeth overlap the upper or lower teeth. Most people have a touch of overbite, but just enough for the lower teeth to rest just behind the upper teeth. The teeth might not look crooked, but you've got a deep overbite if your lower front teeth bite into the upper gums or the roof of your mouth.

Over jet:

The upper teeth project with an overjet, at an angle away from the lower teeth. You can have a nice bite because the base of your upper teeth matches your lower teeth, but the uppers stick out.

Gaps and other spacing problems:

Teeth may develop in too close or too far apart together. Occasionally people grow extra teeth crowding their mouths, or they don't grow the usual 32 teeth, leaving a gap behind.

Under bite:

The lower teeth stretch deeper, with an underbite, than the upper teeth. This is triggered if the lower jaw grows too long, or if the upper jaw is not growing enough. Mild underbites for the upper jaw and chin caps that draw the lower jaw back can be corrected with braces and other external expanders. Extreme cases of underbite require surgical care.

It's really important that you handle an underbite well. It may cause discomfort and struggles with chewing, swallowing, speaking and even breathing, if left alone. It can also cause deformities of the face.

What Our Patients Say About Us

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Asha Major
Asha Major
I so love affordable dentist. At first I was skeptical and unsure but I took a leap and made an appointment. I’ve been going through some extensive dental work, but the staff here is exceptionally loving and they make sure my confidence stays up to par. I love the ladies here so much it feels like family and I hate to leave lol 😂. The doctors are very nice, helpful, and professional. I got a tooth extracted, and implant placed in less than 15 minutes and I couldn’t believe the doctor when he said it would take that amount of time. Affordable dentist and its staff keeps me laughing and smiling but most of all feeling loved. 🥹🥹
Mar 28, 2023
Alison Matthews
Alison Matthews
Would not recommend, unless you absolutely have to. Staff was extremely friendly but no one knew what was going on. I went in for a cleaning and I left after 2.5 hours. The entire appointment had a lot of back and forth and waiting. Someone would come in, say "Hey you doing okay? Great, I'll get the doctor" or "I'm just getting set up and I'll be right back." They would maybe grab a pair of gloves, or move a chair from one side of the room to the other (and then move it back) and then make a comment that they were short staffed or technology was being slow. For the cleaning, they polished my teeth first, which was odd. The tech did not know what she was doing- the toothpaste was literally flying all over the room. It ended up in my hair, and all over my glasses and face. The dentist who "cleaned" my teeth was extremely rough. It's not uncommon for my gums to bleed or get nicked, but after an hour, they're still bleeding. The toothpaste that was used was still stuck in my teeth after. They did not floss as part of the cleaning. I had asked to get molds for new retainers, but it was more waiting and "oh the computer is being slow." So I left at the 2.5 hour mark. The rooms are more like cubicles- they do not have doors. They also do not have sinks- everything is portable, like a pop up shop. Every room has two large flat screen TVs installed and mounted, but none of them turned on (not even the weather or like a reminder to floss). The rooms are freshly painted and decorated. The person on the phone had suggested a same day appointment multiple times. The waiting room was packed. Another person who had the same appointment time as me was still in the waiting room after an hour. It felt like they're trying to get people in the door. It felt like the two women who were interacting with me the most were not actually trained or authorized to perform work, but more like they were just supposed to stall. Again, everyone was super friendly. I have some theories about how this place operates but I'll keep that to myself. It was not traumatizing and it was not the worst experience I've had at a dentist-but definitely the most bizarre. I had scheduled a follow up appointment at the beginning of my visit and I canceled it before I left because I would not want to return.
May 04, 2023
Robert Taylor
Robert Taylor
Great experience. Went in for a tooth pull and was out really quick. Dr.Pham was amazing and so was Jennifer. While in the room Jennifer talked to me and my girl and really made sure I was comfortable and had a good experience while there. If I could give 20 stars I would. 10/10 DEFINITELY recommend.
Apr 20, 2023
Miss Ashley
Miss Ashley
Chrissy at the front desk was super helpful and caring…she went the extra mile to make sure I got what I needed. Dr M. Kim Den was great as well I got 2 extractions and she told me step by step everything she was doing and also made sure I wasn’t in any pain. The last wisdom tooth I got removed hurt so I was scared but this procedure went so smooth I didn’t even realize she was done because I felt absolutely nothing. This is definitely going to be my dental office from now on.
May 06, 2023
Audra Sanders
Audra Sanders
They did a fantastic job on fixing my grill. I have acid reflux really bad and so the acid has eaten up my teeth. I now have a new 😁 smile thanks to them. Their nurses are the freaking best part of my entire experience. Very sincere and caring.
Apr 19, 2023

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