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Orthodontics Specialist

Lake Forest Dental Center

Cosmetic Dentistry & General Dentists located in Lake Forest, CA

If you have crooked teeth, spaces between your teeth, or an overbite or underbite, you need the expert services of Lake Forest Dental Center in Lake Forest, California. Their top-notch orthodontists and dentists can correct your dental problems and give you a perfect smile in one location. To get the smile you’ve always wanted, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

Orthodontics Q & A

What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist specializes in making your teeth straight. This can include cosmetic dentistry — which can improve the external appearance of your teeth — as well as treatments to improve the function of your teeth, jaws, and mouth.

Orthodontists are fully qualified dentists who study an additional three years at a university-based program to gain clinical experience in orthodontia. The American Association of Orthodontists is the regulating body for this branch of dentistry.

What’s the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?

Dentists generally focus on your oral health, treating your teeth, gums, nerves, and jaw. Orthodontists, on the other hand, generally focus on straightening your teeth and correcting misalignments of your teeth and jaw. Misaligned teeth can lead to speech problems and difficulty with chewing, biting, and keeping your teeth clean.

When dentists find issues related to teeth alignment, they usually recommend patients go to an orthodontist for further treatment. Fortunately, the professionals at Lake Forest Dental Center are experienced in both dentistry and orthodontics, so there is no need to go elsewhere. You can receive all your oral care in one location.

Lake Forest Dental Center has all the necessary equipment to provide you with the most experienced orthodontic care available, starting with dental X-rays, panoramic X-rays, and 3D CT scans to diagnose alignment issues.

What types of issues do orthodontists treat?

Most men and women think of orthodontists as just experts in braces. However, orthodontists can also treat:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite
  • Misplaced midline
  • Spacing or gaps between teeth
  • Crowding

Orthodontists can use a variety of oral appliances to help move teeth, retrain muscles, and change jaw growth. Your doctor will determine which appliances to use based on your condition.

Children should first see an orthodontist starting around age seven to see if any alignment issues have begun since early treatment can help fix problems while they’re minor. However, adults can seek care from an orthodontist at any age.

If you need a highly trained orthodontist, look no further than Lake Forest Dental Center. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.