At Elite Dental Associates, our team of care providers strives to provide the ultimate exceptional experience at the dentist’s office. By combining our skill and experience with our passion for making people smile, we truly are a one-of-a-kind team! When you visit us, you can expect only the best when it comes to the care you’re seeking – that includes orthodontics! 

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that deals with the correction of teeth and jaws that are misaligned. This correction is performed through the utilization of proper tools and treatment plans that are carried out and guided by our expert providers. Orthodontic treatment can improve the function and aesthetics of your smile, as well as your overall oral health. At our Redlands, CA practice, we offer a variety of orthodontic treatment options to our patients, all of which are tailored to meet the unique needs and goals of each individual. 

If you’re considering orthodontic treatment, or if you have been recommended to seek treatment by another dentist, we invite you to come see us at Elite Dental Associates. We would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about orthodontics and help you decide if this type of treatment is right for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

Why Choose Orthodontic Care?

While many people tend to believe that orthodontic treatment only lends itself to being a cosmetic treatment that improves the appearance of the smile, a properly straightened dental arch impacts your health and wellbeing just as much as your aesthetic.

  • For one thing, teeth that are properly aligned are in their ideal biological placement, making them most beneficial to chewing food properly and speaking clearly. 
  • Another benefit of a properly aligned smile is better oral health; this means less decay and a reduced chance of gum disease development. This is because teeth that are well aligned are much easier to clean and care for.
  • When teeth are properly straightened, they are given the best chance of emerging properly and not becoming impacted or infected. These problems are more complex to resolve and often require surgical intervention.
  • In some cases, orthodontic treatment can also help to relieve pain or discomfort associated with teeth that are not properly aligned. Improper alignment frequently places tension on the jaw, leading to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). In addition to stressing the joints, these teeth are also at an increased risk of suffering damage from fractures, chips, and cracks – many of which may occur as a result of teeth grinding. 

If you are considering orthodontic treatment, it is important to consult with an experienced orthodontist to discuss your specific needs and goals. After a thorough evaluation, our team can provide you with an individualized treatment plan that is best suited to your unique situation.

When To Begin Orthodontic Treatment?

While there is no definitive timeline for completing or beginning orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontics suggests that children receive an orthodontic evaluation at the age of seven. This would be followed by treatment commencement between the ages of ten and thirteen. The reason this is recommended is due to the fact that the bones and teeth are still growing and developing at this age, meaning that they tend to be more malleable and easier to influence. By beginning orthodontic treatment early, many more serious problems, such as impaction or broken teeth, are avoided.

With that being said, there is no deadline or age limit beyond which orthodontic treatment can no longer be effective or helpful. Orthodontic care is provided for patients of all ages, and we are delighted to see children, teenagers, and adults begin their smile straightening journey with us! It’s never too late to seek a healthier smile, and our team is here to help.

Contact our office today to learn more about our orthodontic treatment options! Then, we can schedule an appointment to determine the best treatment plan for you!

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