At Alhambra Dental Plaza, we believe that a beautiful smile is not only a sign of confidence but also a key to maintaining optimal oral health. Serving the East Sac and Midtown areas, Dr. Han Do and our team of skilled orthodontic specialists are dedicated to providing exceptional orthodontic care tailored to your unique needs and goals. Let us help you achieve the smile of your dreams with our comprehensive orthodontic treatments in Sacramento, CA! Call today to get started.
The Importance Of Orthodontics
Orthodontic treatment is essential not only for an attractive smile but also for maintaining optimal oral health and proper dental function. Neglecting orthodontic care when recommended by dental professionals can lead to various issues, some of which may worsen over time. Dr. Do and the entire team at Alhambra Dental Plaza are committed to eliminating potential problems such as:
- Difficulty in maintaining oral hygiene: Crooked or overcrowded teeth can make it difficult to clean your teeth properly, leading to plaque buildup and an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Straight teeth are easier to clean, reducing the risk of these oral health issues.
- Improper bite and jaw problems: An improper bite can cause stress on the jaw joints and muscles, leading to discomfort, pain, and even temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Orthodontic treatment can help correct bite issues and alleviate these problems.
- Increased risk of tooth damage: Protruding or misaligned teeth are more susceptible to injury, such as chipping or cracking, especially during sports or accidents. Orthodontic treatment can help protect your teeth from damage by ensuring they are properly aligned.
- Aesthetic concerns and self-confidence: A beautiful smile is not only about aesthetics but also about confidence and self-esteem. Avoiding orthodontic treatment can lead to feelings of self-consciousness or embarrassment about your smile. Investing in orthodontic treatment can give you a smile you’re proud to show off, boosting your confidence in social and professional situations.
- Higher costs and more complex treatment later: Postponing orthodontic treatment can result in more severe dental issues that require complex and costly procedures in the future. Early intervention can help prevent these problems, making treatment more manageable and potentially less expensive.
InvisalignⓇ Clear Aligners
Ideal for both teens and adults, Invisalign aligner therapy offers a discreet way to straighten your teeth. Dr. Do and our orthodontic team at Alhambra Dental Plaza have extensive experience in using Invisalign to correct mild to moderate bite and alignment issues, including:
- Crooked teeth
- Overcrowding of teeth
- Gaps and spacing issues
- Some bite problems, including underbite, overbite, and crossbite
To begin your treatment, you’ll visit our Alhambra Dental Plaza team to determine your needs and goals for your smile. Dr. Do will take impressions of your teeth, which will be used to create your straightening trays. He will also take digital scans, x-rays, and photos of your smile to ensure we have the most accurate views of your teeth.
Once your first trays are ready, Dr. Do will ensure a proper fit and provide you with home care instructions. Wear your trays for at least 22 hours a day for the best results. Every few weeks, you’ll change out the current set of aligner trays for a new set, which gradually adjusts your teeth a little more into proper alignment.
Treatment with Invisalign at Alhambra Dental Plaza takes, on average, 12 months, although your treatment time may differ depending on the corrections needed. So after only about a year, you’ll have a beautiful new smile that you will love showing off.
Dr. Do and the team at Alhambra Dental Plaza are also proud to offer orthodontic treatment with traditional metal braces. Traditional metal braces are the ideal treatment for many people in order to correct a variety of alignment and bite issues. With advances in technology, braces are now more comfortable and discreet than ever.
Traditional orthodontics work through a combination of brackets, wires, and bands that put tension on the teeth and slowly move them into proper positions. Our team of orthodontic specialists will develop a personalized treatment plan, adjusting your braces at each appointment to gradually bring your teeth into perfect alignment. Within an average of 24 months, you’ll witness your smile transform right before your eyes.
No matter what orthodontic treatment is best for you, Dr. Do always recommends a retainer for post-treatment care. Wearing a retainer after your orthodontic treatment helps ensure that teeth don’t shift over time and that your treatment continues to be successful for years, even decades. As part of your post-treatment follow-up, Alhambra Dental Plaza will fit you for a retainer that meets your needs. Wear it on the recommended schedule to keep your smile looking and functioning at its best.
The Importance Of Early Orthodontics
Dr. Do and the Alhambra Dental Plaza team believe that early orthodontic care is crucial for children and teens. During these developmental stages, the jaw and dental arch are more receptive to treatment—allowing for less invasive methods to achieve greater outcomes; additionally, early intervention can prevent more severe problems and reduce treatment duration down the line.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first orthodontic evaluation by the age of seven. At this age, permanent teeth have started to come in, and Dr. Do can better assess your child’s jaw growth and tooth development. This early assessment allows our orthodontic team to detect any potential issues, such as:
- Jaw growth discrepancies
Early intervention can help guide the growth and development of the oral anatomy, ensuring that there is enough space for permanent teeth to emerge correctly. By seeking early treatment at Alhambra Dental Plaza, you can help set your child on the path to a healthy, beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime.
If you or your child need orthodontic care, don’t hesitate to contact Alhambra Dental Plaza. Our specialists are ready to answer all of your questions and guide you through the process of choosing the best orthodontic treatment tailored to your needs and preferences. We are proudly serving the communities of East Sac and Midtown with quality orthodontic treatment. Call us today to schedule a consultation!