If you have crooked and overcrowded teeth or misaligned jaws, orthodontics can restore symmetry to your smile, all while lowering your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems. At his practice in Arcadia, California, cosmetic dentist Hanfu Lee, DDS, proudly offers several types of orthodontics, including conventional braces and Invisalign® clear aligners. If you want straight teeth and a beautiful smile, schedule an appointment by calling the office and speaking with a friendly team member or booking online today.

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What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that uses special oral appliances to correct misaligned teeth and jaws. Many people think that orthodontics is only for teenagers, but this type of treatment is safe for adults and seniors as well. 

When you have crooked or malpositioned teeth, they’re more difficult to clean. This increases your risk of cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. Undergoing orthodontic treatment can improve your oral health while boosting your confidence and self-esteem. Ultimately, this allows you to smile, speak, and laugh confidently. 

Dr. Lee has more than a decade of experience providing orthodontic treatment. All of his patients end up with straight teeth and attractive, symmetrical smiles.

Are there different types of orthodontic treatment?

Dr. Lee offers several types of orthodontic treatment. Depending on your health history and individual needs, he might recommend:

Traditional metal braces

If you have moderate or severe orthodontic problems such as malocclusion or gaps in your smile, you might benefit from traditional braces. This type of orthodontics uses brackets, wires, and rubber bands to move the roots of the teeth within the jawbone. 

Metal braces are an excellent option for teens because they’re permanent. Many adolescents are still learning personal responsibility. Since metal braces attach to your child’s teeth, you don’t have to worry about them being misplaced or lost. Traditional braces also allow for customization. Many teens change their band colors regularly to make fashion statements.

Invisalign® oral aligners 

If you have mild orthodontic issues or you’ve put off orthodontic treatment because you didn’t want to wear brackets or wires, you’re likely a good candidate for Invisalign treatment. Invisalign uses a series of FDA-approved plastic aligners to reposition and straighten your teeth gradually. They fit snugly over your smile, and they’re clear, making them nearly invisible. You can also remove your Invisalign aligners if you have a major event like a wedding or job interview to attend. That said, it’s important you try to wear your aligners for 20-22 hours each day.

From what type of orthodontic treatment will I most benefit?

To determine the type of orthodontic treatment that will most benefit you, make an appointment at Hanfu Lee, DDS. Following an oral exam, a discussion of your goals for treatment, and a review of your oral health history, Dr. Lee can develop a custom care plan that aligns with your individual needs.

To schedule your orthodontics appointment at the office of Hanfu Lee, DDS, call the office or book online today.