06/Feb/2023

Dreamland Orthodontics is able to offer straighter teeth faster by using the highest quality braces and wire system.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Braces In Bellflower

I have lost a tooth, should I get an implant or braces?

Before getting an implant, its best to also consult with an orthodontist to diagnose if the space can be closed using braces or Invisalign treatment. Your dentist and orthodontist will take comprehensive measures to discuss all options and to diagnose and recommend the best treatment plan for your situation based on your occlusion.

Am I too old to get braces?

There is no age limit for orthodontic treatment. Everyone deserves to have their dream smile. However, in cases of severe periodontal disease or decay, orthodontic treatment may not be the best option and treating the periodontal disease and decay would take priority over receiving orthodontic treatment. Your orthodontist and dentist will work hand in hand to make sure your mouth is cavity free and in great periodontal health.

How long do I have to be in braces for?

Depending on your condition and the difficulty of the case, your orthodontist will diagnose how many months is required to complete the proposed treatment plan. Orthodontic treatment can range anywhere between 6 to 24 months depending on the complexity of the occlusion and the alignment of the teeth. However, on patients that have had phase I or early orthodontic treatment will usually need less time to achieve optimal results.

Does it hurt to have braces?

There is some discomfort after the wire has been placed for the first time or if the wire has been tightened (changing ties). The discomfort usually starts 24 hours after activation and it lasts for 2-3 days. In severe cases, it is recommended to take over the counter pain medication.

Call us to make an appointment at 562-867-2026 and get all your questions answered at a personal level.


06/Feb/2023

Underbites are a ‘bad bite’ condition characterized by protruding lower teeth and jaw, such that they are in front of the upper teeth with your mouth closed. Ideally, the upper teeth should cover the lower ones slightly. But with an underbite, the alignment is reversed, causing the patient to have an unnatural appearance.

Causes of underbites

Also referred to as prognathism or Class III malocclusion, underbites are commonly a hereditary problem. So if one of your parents has/had an underbite, then the child is likely to develop one as well.

Other possible causes of underbites include:

  • Thumb sucking
  • Tongue thrusting
  • Extended use of a bottle or pacifier

Underbites not only give you an unnatural look, but also interfere with other oral functions, such as chewing and speech, which can strain your teeth and jaw muscles.

Treatment for underbites

At Dreamland Dental & Orthodontists in Bellflower, we offer a number of orthodontic solutions for underbites and other kinds of malocclusion, for children, teens, and adults. Depending on your case, your dentist may recommend:

  • Braces – this is one of the most common options for moving the teeth and jaw to the correct position. It is a gradual process that may take 12 to 18 months.
  • Invisalign – if your teen is self-conscious about wearing braces, we may recommend Teen Invisalign, which uses a series of clear aligners to slowly move the teeth and jaw to the correct position.
  • Appliances – depending on a specific case, other special appliances may be recommended to help move the teeth and jaw, including expanders, headgear, and retainers.
  • Oral Surgery – in severe cases of malocclusion in adults, surgery may be necessary to restore your quality of life.

Contact Dreamland Dental & Orthodontics at 562-867-2026 to learn more about our treatments for malocclusion, or to schedule your appointment.


06/Feb/2023

Braces are used when teeth are;

  • Crooked
  • Misaligned
  • Too crowded
  • Missing
  • Have spacing
  • Ectopic(not inside of the jaw line)
  • Impacted (stuck inside of the bone)
  • Many More

Braces will help align the teeth correctly. There are many issues associated with not having a healthy bite such as speech problems, poor hygiene, social anxiety due to not wanting to smile, headaches, and jaw joint pains. Our orthodontist will asses the length of your treatment based on the severity of the malocclusion. In some cases, additional appliances might be required for a satisfactory treatment. Usually, the treatment will last about 6 months to 3 years. The length of the treatment depends on the complexity of the occulsion, which your orthodontist will discuss all of your option in details with you. You can decide to use either metal braces, clear braces or Invisalign, then we will discuss with you the best financial options to meet your specific financial needs.

Learn more about our braces in Bellflower or request an appointment at 562-867-2026.


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06/Feb/2023

Have you noticed a larger overlap of your top teeth? Is there a protruding gap? If so, you may want to consider orthodontic treatment to correct an overbite. An overbite is identified by the extent to which your upper teeth protrude and overlap your lower teeth. Ideally, your upper teeth should overlap the lower ones by 1-2 mm. But if the gap is 4 to 10 mm, it is considered a malocclusion that requires treatment.

Orthodontic Treatment Options

Overbites are a hereditary problem that occurs naturally as your teeth erupt. However, some habits such as thumb sucking and tongue thrusting can contribute to the malocclusion because the thumb pushes the front upper teeth and bone forward. Bad bites can be corrected by a dental specialist known as an orthodontist.

Some of the likely treatments for an overbite include:

  • Invisalign clear aligners – to slowly and discreetly move the teeth and jaw to their correct position
  • Braces – to slowly move the teeth and jaw to the correct position
  • Teeth removal for children and tweens to create room for the adult teeth to grow in straight
  • Oral Surgery – to correct severe jaw problems in adults

Although malocclusion can be corrected at any age, it is recommended that bad bite problems be corrected as early as possible to reduce the risk of severe physical implications of having an untreated overbite. Children should visit an orthodontist by the age of 7 years for early intervention.

Schedule Your Consultation

To find out if orthodontic treatment is right for you, contact your orthodontist in Bellflower, CA to schedule your consultation today.


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06/Feb/2023

Getting braces is typically not the orthodontic treatment you look forward to experiencing unless you understand the value of the results. Braces in Bellflower CA offer you the opportunity to straighten your teeth for a more confident and healthy smile. As a trusted solution for correcting misalignment, overbites, and underbites, braces may be the best option for helping you achieve the smile of your dreams.

How Dental Braces Work

The orthodontist first will evaluate your bite and oral habits by visually examining your occlusion. It is recommended you be free of cavities and have healthy gums before starting braces treatment. The orthodontist requires a cavity clearance form to be signed by your dentist, as long as, the last dental check-up has been within 6 months. Panoramic X-rays, photos, and study models will be taken of your teeth and gums to guide the orthodontist to evaluate the jaw joints and overall health of the teeth that cannot be diagnosed by visual exam.

After the evaluation, your orthodontist will place the braces (brackets) on your teeth by applying special bonding material, composite, and curing light. This procedure is pain-free and you should not feel any discomfort. After the braces are placed, a Niti (Nickel Titanium) wire will be placed on the braces. At this point, you will select any color of ties that go around the braces.

Once the ties are in place the orthodontist will show you how to brush and floss and discuss all the foods that must be avoided during orthodontic treatment. It’s essential to note that you will feel some discomfort 24 hours after the wire is placed and it should last for 2-3 days.

Schedule Your Consultation

To find out if braces are right for straightening your smile, please contact your dentist in Bellflower CA to schedule your consultation to achieve the smile of your dreams.

 


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06/Feb/2023

When considering improving your smile, it is essential to understand which treatment option is best for you.  For many adults, straightening your teeth is the most minimally invasive way to enhance your smile. Adult orthodontics is an excellent solution for realigning your smile to give you the smile of your dreams.

How Adult Orthodontics Work

Whether you have crooked or misaligned teeth, braces are the least invasive solution to fixing that smile. Gone are the days where braces were limited to pre-teens and adolescents. Adult braces have made the process of obtaining and managing braces much more comfortable and discreet. Adult orthodontics can improve your oral health by making teeth easier to clean. When teeth are crooked or misaligned, it’s difficult to clean efficiently at home.

The act of flossing is a rare routine for many people, and when flossing is not performed or conducted correctly, you miss cleaning 40% of your tooth. Dangerous and unhealthy bacteria can build up if a dental cleaning is not done properly, which can lead to poor oral- like cavities and gum disease. In addition to these oral health issues, severe dental infections can sometimes lead to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke in some people. Bacteria from a gum infection can get into your internal bloodstream, and contribute to inflammation of blood vessels. Adult orthodontics make it much easier to ensure that teeth are cleaned the way they are supposed to be and can also decrease the risk of needing implants or dentures down the line.

Your good health is a major factor in enjoying your life. Adult orthodontics can improve your health and your internal health.  If you have questions or concerns about your oral health and whether adult orthodontics could be a solution for you, contact your orthodontist in Bellflower CA to schedule your consultation.



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