Orthodontic treatment enhances the appearance of your teeth, but is even more important to improve your oral health. In the Los Angeles and Century City areas, your first choice for dental care should be prosthodontist Dr. Arman Torbati. A Harvard and USC graduate, Dr. Torbati is a diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and an associate professor at USC who offers orthodontic treatment to adolescents and adults.
Why Do I Need Orthodontic Treatment?
Although an attractive smile is one benefit of orthodontic treatment, the real reason for orthodontia is to improve your health. Teeth that are crowded or too widely spaced increase the risk of problems like tooth decay and gum disease. It's much more difficult to brush and floss crooked or crowded teeth. Crooked teeth wear unevenly, causing bite problems, and can even increase the risk of a chipped or broken tooth. Uneven wear can change the bite, causing jaw pain or headaches. Although orthodontic treatment is more common in adolescence about 30 percent of today's orthodontia patients are adults.
What Are My Treatment Options?
Today's orthodontic patients have multiple treatment choices. Conventional metal braces made of stainless steel are typically the least expensive and can be used for all orthodontic problems. Braces may also be made of ceramic, which makes them less visible. Lingual braces can be placed on the inside of the teeth – another less visible option. Invisalign braces are clear plastic aligners that fit over the teeth and are removable for meals. Retainers and headgear may also be used in addition to or instead of braces. Not all of these systems are effective for all orthodontic problems. Costs vary according to the system, length of treatment and need for additional procedures such as tooth extractions.
What's Treatment Like?
The first step in orthodontic treatment is a thorough assessment of your mouth, face and jaw. Many dentists today use computer software to develop a treatment plan that gives you an idea of what the final result will look like. If the jaw is badly crowded, it may be necessary to remove one or more teeth. For most systems, metal or ceramic brackets are cemented to the teeth. The brackets are connected with wires and elastic bands, which are adjusted as necessary to slowly move the teeth into place. For Invisalign you wear a series of different aligners to move the teeth. Treatment typically takes a minimum of one and up to three years. You will need to wear a retainer after the braces are removed to keep your teeth in position.
Orthodontic treatment really does make a difference in your long-term oral health. And of course, it also helps make your smile the best it can be. Please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Torbati to set you on the road to an improved smile.