All About Orthodontics

Your Orthodontist in Mission Viejo is Ready for Your Smile

Experience Orthodontics Like Never Before

Ever looked at another person’s beautiful smile and wondered if it’s possible for you? Ask our board-certified orthodontist in Mission Viejo, and they’ll give you only one answer — ABSOLUTELY!

At Aria Dental, we believe that there’s no such thing as too late when it comes to achieving your dream smile. The only thing you need? Commitment to your treatment plan and leave the rest to our award-winning specialists and the latest orthodontic technology available today!

What Orthodontics Can Treat

When you come in, our expert orthodontist will analyze your teeth and recommend the best course of treatment depending on the issue/s you have. Some common ones are:

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Health Benefits of Straight Teeth

There are some people who think that the benefits of straight teeth are purely about making a person’s smile look better. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), having straighter teeth can improve your mouth, body and mind.

Having straight teeth benefits patients in a variety of different ways beyond just making a person’s smile look better. Some of the most important benefits that straight teeth can provide you with are:

  1. Straight teeth are linked to overall health: Most diseases such as strokes, diabetes, heart disease, and most auto-immune disease originate from digestive systems which start in the mouth. When teeth are crooked or spaced, your gum are more susceptible to collecting harmful bacteria, which will lead gum disease or periodontal disease as well as traveling through vascular system and acupuncture meridian to other parts of your body.
  2. Straight teeth reduce misaligned bites and prevents abnormal tooth wear. Crowded teeth often cause one or more teeth to protrude out, which will ultimately rub against the teeth in opposite arch. This unnatural grinding of upper and lower teeth will lead to an inefficient chewing function, excessive wear and tear of your teeth, and introduce multiple issues from TMJ to sinus problems.
  3. Straight teeth decrease your risk of dental trauma or injury. Crowded, protruding upper teeth are more targets for undesirable contacts and are more likely to be broken or fractured in the event of an accident during sport, falls, or accidental head butting.
  4. Straight teeth decrease headaches or neck pain. Misaligned teeth place excessive stress on surrounding gum and the bone that support the teeth, which will cause the jaw misalignment and ultimately lead to chronic headaches, facial pain, and neck pain.
  5. Straight teeth are easier to clean and have few cavities. Do you have crooked and crowded teeth, or often find yourself checking the mirror for unsightly food caught in your teeth?  The inability to easily remove all tiny food particles among crooked and crowded tooth will cause the plaque to build ups, which will eventually cause tooth decay.

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Find Your Ideal Braces

There are several types of braces, and each one has unique characteristics:

Traditional metal braces

  • Most common type
  • Made of high-grade stainless steel
  • Involves archwire and metal brackets
  • Can be personalized with colored elastics

Invisaling® (Clear aligners)

  • Uses a series of removable, invisible trays
  • Less hassle with flossing and brushing
  • Eat anything you want by taking them out during meal times
  • Comfortable and convenient

Funcitonal & Biological  ALF-Orthodontics

  • Vasatile & customizable
  • Virtually undetectable wires
  • Improved tongue function and positioning, breathing, and swallowing
  • Encourages optimal facial and neurolgical development

Clear (Ceramic) braces

  • Made of clear materials
  • Less visible than metal braces
  • Used primarily on adult patients or older teenagers
  • Typically used on upper front teeth

Self-litigating braces

  • Similar to metal braces
  • Doesn’t use elastics
  • Less friction on tooth
  • Fewer appointments

Lingual Braces

  • Hidden behind the teeth
  • 100% customized to your teeth shape
  • Great option for models, athletes, adult professionals, musicians, and more

Which one would you prefer during your treatment? Your orthodontic dentist in Mission Viejo, CA can help you decide.

How it Works

Our orthodontists are specially trained to correct misaligned teeth using braces, Invisalign, and other methods.

Depending on your situation, your orthodontist may recommend appliances made of ceramic, metal, or plastic. Bonded to the teeth or removable, they will place a constant, gentle force in a precise direction to move your teeth into the proper place.

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Enjoy an Amazing Smile Today

It’s a wonderful time to wear braces — orthodontics have advanced to the point where you don’t need to wear bulky, ugly metal bands around your teeth anymore.

You’ll be able to choose whether you want metal or clear brackets as well as the color of your appliance. Wires are barely noticeable, and everything is designed to move your teeth comfortably and faster than ever.

Finally, no need to hide your smile throughout your treatment. As early as now, you can smile with confidence knowing that your perfect smile is just around the corner.


Treatment time is different for everyone, and it can last from one to three years. The secret to a successful treatment? You, of course! Participate actively and diligently in your treatment, and you’ll have the smile you’ve always wanted before you know it.


Orthodontics for Children

While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting the orthodontist around age Seven (7).

By this age, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, making it easier for the orthodontist to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems sooner and without surgery.

Early Treatment Allows Your Orthodontist To:

  • Correct and guide the growth of your child's jaw to help the permanent teeth come in straight
  • Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
  • Create more space for crowded teeth
  • Avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life
  • Correct thumb sucking and help improve minor speech problems

Here are a few things to look for that may mean your child needs to see an orthodontist:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • A hard time chewing or biting food
  • Mouth breathing
  • Finger or thumb sucking
  • Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
  • Jaws that pop or make sounds when opening and closing
  • Teeth that come together abnormally, or do not come together at all
  • Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face
  • Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight

For parents, it's not always easy to know if your child may need orthodontic treatment. Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation. Early treatment now will give your child a healthy, beautiful smile for the future.

Orthodontics for Teens

Braces, retainers, and everything else that you want to know about orthodontics! You've just heard the three words that every teen dread: “YOU NEED BRACES!”

Braces! What Now?

Don't worry! Braces aren't nearly as scary as you may think. In fact, braces today come in a variety of styles, materials, and colors, making life with braces much easier, more comfortable, and even more stylish than in the past.

How Long Will I Have to Wear Braces?

The amount of time it takes to treat your smile with braces depends on three key factors:

  • Early treatment — Early treatment allows orthodontists to monitor the growth of the jaw and recommend further orthodontic treatment if it becomes necessary. Not everybody receives early orthodontic treatment; in some cases, it may be recommended that a patient wait to receive treatment.
  • What needs correction — The amount of treatment needed to correct a problem will determine how long the process takes. Different patients react to treatments differently. While it may take one patient only 12 months to complete treatment, it may take another patient 24 month. Treatment times can vary depending on how quickly your body responds and how much work is needed to give you the show-stopping smile you expect.
  • YOU! — Your willingness to use the appliances your orthodontist gives you plays a major role in the length of time it takes to complete your treatment. Always remember to take care of your braces and appliances; this truly will help make your treatment shorter!

Braces Your Way!

Our practice offers a variety of braces, types and styles, to choose from. Some common options include:

  • Ceramic braces
  • Invisible braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Traditional metal braces

Orthodontic braces are a big part of life for many people your age. While braces may have had a bad reputation in the past, today's braces make it easy to look good and feel good! Please contact our practice to schedule your next orthodontic checkup.

Orthodontics for Adults

Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists states that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and they want to feel better about their appearance. Adults everywhere are taking advantage of the opportunity to receive orthodontic care, and now you can too.

Common Reasons Why Adults Consider Orthodontic Treatments:

  • A bad bite or malocclusion, causing teeth to fit together incorrectly
  • Teeth are crowded or spaced apart, possibly causing tooth decay or gum disease
  • Abnormal jaw pain, or pressure that is caused by crooked teeth
  • Desire for a healthier mouth and a more confident smile

Treatment Options for Adults

For many adults, the thought of having metal braces is enough to discourage them from receiving treatment. However, today's orthodontic treatment options offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, aesthetic, and customized to meet your needs. Types of braces include:

  • Clear Invisalign®
  • Ceramic braces
  • Traditional metal braces
  • Six Month Smiles®
  • Lingual (behind the tooth) braces
  • Inman Aligners®

The Difference Between Adult Orthodontics & Orthodontics for Children And Teens:

The main difference to remember when treating adults or children and teens, is that in younger patients the jawbones are still developing. For adults, these bones have stopped growing, which may mean the possibility of orthognathic surgery to align the jawbones. Other differences include:

  • Gum or bone loss (periodontal disease) — Adults are more likely than children to experience gum recession or even bone loss due to gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease. Patients with straighter teeth are less likely to get gum disease.
  • Worn or missing teeth — Over time teeth can become worn down and shift into different positions that can only be corrected with orthodontic care. Missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift and tilt, creating a bad bite and increasing the possibility of gum disease.
  • Incomplete orthodontic treatment as a teen — Many adults received some orthodontic treatment as a child or teen, but never completed their treatment. As an adult, they choose to complete their orthodontic treatment to achieve the healthy, beautiful smile they always wanted.

Our practice also recognizes that adults and children have different needs and require a different level of attention and care. We will work with you to ensure that you receive the most appropriate treatments, and that your needs are met with understanding and respect from us.

Why Should You Consider Orthodontic Treatment?

  • Straight teeth are healthy teeth — Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to keep clean with flossing and brushing while may help prevent other health problems.
  • A beautiful, straight smile builds confidence — Orthodontic treatment can help boost your self-confidence, giving you a better quality of life and the freedom to smile without holding back!
  • Mouths left untreated can get worse — Not receiving orthodontic treatment when it's needed can create long-term health issues costing you more in the end.

To learn more about the benefits of adult orthodontics please contact our practice to schedule an appointment. We understand that you have a busy schedule, and we will work with you to make sure each office visit is as convenient as possible.

Not Sure What Your Smile Needs?

Take our Free Smile Assessment! Let our doctors customize the right solution – just for you.

There’s no age limit to a great smile, and Aria Dental caters to children and adults. For children, the earlier they get orthodontic treatment, the better and quicker the outcome will be.

Ready to take the first step? Discover your treatment options and receive an estimate for the whole period. Contact Aria Dental to learn more. 

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