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Your Trusted Orthodontist in Los Alamitos

Patients of all ages can benefit from realigning their bite with orthodontic treatment. If you are dissatisfied with your smile due to crooked teeth or if you are experiencing adult-onset shifting, crowding, or spaces between teeth, orthodontics in Los Alamitos may be right for you. Dr. William C. Poe is a highly educated and experienced orthodontist offering traditional braces and Invisalign. Keep reading to find out more about your options in braces.

What Can Orthodontic Treatment Fix?

Orthodontics is a discipline of dentistry that focuses on realigning the teeth and jaws to improve oral health. Using a variety of approaches and trusted orthodontic methods, Dr. Poe can correct a wide range of issues that can affect the alignment of the bite.

Some of the most common orthodontic problems corrected with braces include:

  • Protruding upper teeth
  • Deep overbite
  • Open bite
  • Spacing
  • Crossbite
  • Underbite or lower jaw protrusion

Crooked Teeth: More Than a Cosmetic Issue

Orthodontics at our Orange County practice can do more than just improve the look of your smile -- braces improve the health of your smile as well. When your teeth are crooked and crowded, they can be hard to clean and maintain. Difficulty brushing and flossing properly can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and eventual tooth loss.

A misaligned bite can also lead to chronic headaches, facial pain, and difficulty opening and closing your jaw properly. That’s because your jaw must make minor adjustments every time you open or close your mouth -- minor repeated stress that causes severe pain over time. Straightening your teeth takes pressure off your jaw, or TMJ (temporomandibular joint), for a better-functioning mouth.

Orthodontics can also solve problems such as wearing of the tooth surfaces, poor chewing, and stress on the gums and bones that support the teeth.

Your Orthodontic Options

Dr. Poe and our team are pleased to offer patients two options in orthodontic treatment: traditional braces and Invisalign in Los Alamitos.

Traditional braces have long been trusted to reposition misaligned teeth. Using metal brackets and wires, braces place focused pressure on certain areas of the bite to gradually overhaul its alignment. Traditional braces produce very reliable results and are usually the most affordable treatment, too.

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Invisalign clear braces is a wonderful option for adults and older teens. Invisalign offers a subtle, convenient alternative to traditional metal braces. It can correct the most common orthodontic issues, and the removable trays also allow you to continue to eat what you like throughout the treatment, without fear of a popped off bracket or wire.

Talk to Dr. Poe and his team about your options with braces in Los Alamitos. We will consider your lifestyle, smile goals, and budget to determine whether traditional braces or Invisalign clear braces are better for you.

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Get In Touch With Us Today!

Orthodontics at our Orange County office can greatly improve the form and function of your smile -- or, more simply, how it looks and feels. To find out if orthodontic treatment is right for you, we invite you to contact Dr. Poe today.