Orthodontic care has improved since we were children. At the same time, its purpose remains the same — to straighten teeth.
It also has become more common for adults to undergo orthodontic treatment in recent years. According to the American Association of Orthodontics, 20 percent — 1 in 5 patients — who get braces or another orthodontic service are 21 or older.
If you are looking for a way to straighten your teeth, your teen’s teeth, or both of your smiles, we welcome you to visit our dentist office in Modesto, CA.
Your first step is contacting us online or calling (209) 846-3961 to request a consultation at Sierra Dental Care. When you come to our office, one of our dentists can examine your smile and discuss which of our options could work for you.
We want to find the solution that works best for you and will make you happy with you smile.
Why You Might Need Orthodontic Care
When you or your teen comes to our office for your first orthodontic appointment, we will thoroughly examine your smile. This can include a visual inspection, digital X-rays, and impressions of your teeth.
We will be looking to correct any alignment problems you may have. This could include one or more of the following:
■ Crooked teeth — These are teeth that may overlap one another.
■ Crowded teeth — Teeth that are too close together may not sit as straight as you would like.
■ Gapped teeth — Many people have extra space between two or more of their teeth.
■ Open bite — This occurs when your top and bottom row of teeth have space between them even when you bite is close.
■ Overbites or underbites — These occur when the top or bottom row of teeth juts out more than the other.
■ Crossbites — This is when your top and bottom row of teeth overlap one another in different parts of your smile.
From an oral health standpoint, any of these issues could create problems. You may be more likely to develop tooth decay or gum disease. Depending on your particular issue, your teeth may grind together causing unneeded wear and tear.
From a cosmetic standpoint, having one or more of these issues can affect the appearance of your smile. We have seen many times that this can have an emotional impact on our patients.
When you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your smile, you may not feel as comfortable speaking or smiling in front of other people. Fortunately, we’ve also seen how orthodontic treatments have given teens and adults greater confidence in themselves. This can be as important, if not more so, than any of the health benefits that come from orthodontic treatments.
How You Could Change Your Smile With Orthodontic Care
One of the many good things about coming to Sierra Dental Care is you aren’t limited to one kind of orthodontic care. Whether you have mild, moderate, or severe alignment issues, we have treatment options that can help you.
Below, we will discuss the services that could give you the smile of your dreams.
Braces have been the most common orthodontic treatment for decades, and that’s for a good reason. Braces work on practically any issue that you or your teen may have.
Modern braces are made with better materials than ever, and in many ways, they are more effective as well. Using gentle forces, we can realign your teeth to give you an amazing smile.
Invisalign is a great option for patients with mild or moderate alignment issues. It’s also perfect for adults who may feel hesitant about wearing braces in professional or social settings.
Instead of brackets and wires, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to gradually move teeth. These aligners are custom-designed to fit snugly over your teeth, making them nearly invisible while you are wearing them.
We Can Help You Transform Your Smile
By coming to Sierra Dental Care, you will benefit from Dr. Takenaga’s advanced studies in orthodontics as well as decades of experience treating patients. If you live in or near Modesto, CA, we welcome you to contact us online or to call (209) 846-3961.
See for yourself how orthodontic treatment can change your smile!