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How Do Adult Orthodontics Work?

Adult Orthodontics in Glendale CA

As an adult with misaligned or gapped teeth, you may have assumed that orthodontics aren’t for you. After all, who hasn’t seen middle schoolers going through years of metal, adjustments, and discomfort? 

Even if your own teeth are compromising your dental health and causing you discomfort or embarrassment, you may have avoided thinking about braces for yourself.

If this sounds like you, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by recent innovations in adult orthodontics. Special aligners now allow adults to achieve a stunning smile without metal braces. There are even braces that come off in six months! Read on to learn more about your options for adult orthodontics in Glendale, CA.

Inman Aligners

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3 Questions You Should Ask at Your Orthodontics Consultation

Orthodontics in Glendale CA

If you have spent most of your life wishing for a straighter smile, adult orthodontics can be a game changer. Treatment is fast - in many cases faster than metal braces - so you can achieve your goals in less time and with less inconvenience than you thought possible.

Choosing the Appropriate Option

There are several types of adult orthodontics available today, and during your consultation is the time to ask questions and explore all your options. After you and your dentist decide which is right for you, there are several questions you should ask.

How Long Will Treatment Take?

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How to Find the Right Adult Orthodontic Option for You

Power Prox Six Month Braces | Lucio H. Kim DDS

Are you an adult who’s self-conscious about your crooked or crowded teeth? Do you wish there was an easier solution than years of metal orthodontics?

Fortunately, today you have numerous options that are explicitly designed with the adult lifestyle in mind. Treatment with adult orthodontics is typically more convenient, requires less maintenance, and delivers faster results than bracket and wire braces.

In fact, you have so many options that it can be confusing to decide which is best for your needs. Here are a couple of innovative treatments that you may want to consider:

Inman Aligners

Treatment with Inman Aligners involves using a removable orthodontic alignment system that fits over your teeth. The inner ...

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3 Tips for Caring for Your Teeth after Orthodontic Treatment

Caring for Your Teeth after Orthodontic Treatment | Lucio H. Kim, DDS

Having orthodontic treatment is a big decision! Taking this step means that you will make an investment in time and money with the goal of enjoying a straighter, healthier smile that you are proud to show off.

So it can be a relief when you finish treatment and you can enjoy the results. However, you should know that orthodontic treatment does not end when your braces come off.

Post-Orthodontic Care

Many patients face two post-treatment challenges:

Staining or plaque buildup around the brackets

Teeth that relapse to their original position

To combat these two problems, there are three simple steps you can take to protect your investment:

  • Schedule a thorough dental exam and cleaning. Most dentists recommend this ...

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4 Tips for a Clean Retainer

Tips for a Clean Retainer | Family Dentistry

If you have had orthodontic treatment, you know that wearing your retainer as instructed is essential. You have invested a lot in your smile, and you’re thrilled with the results, but if you don’t wear your retainer regularly, you risk undoing all the hard work and time you spent to get to this point. If you are interested in getting treatment visit our Adult Orthodontics page to learn more!

Since your retainer spends hours in your mouth, it’s just as important to keep it clean as it is to keep your teeth clean. Plaque and bacteria can collect on a retainer in the same way they collect on your teeth, ...

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3 Big Reasons Why You Need to Wear Your Retainer

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You’ve gone through orthodontic treatment, and the big day is here! You’ve done everything right, and now it’s time to have your braces removed at our Glendale, CA dental office.

Freedom! Your teeth look great, and you’re ready to ride off into the sunset with your fabulous new smile. But wait. What’s the doctor’s saying about wearing a retainer? You think, “Hey, retainers are for kids, what’s the deal?”

You may think that, as an adult, once your teeth are straightened, you’re finished with the process. But here’s the thing – everyone, adult or child, who goes through orthodontic treatment must wear a retainer to maintain proper alignment.

Maintaining a Perfect Smile

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My Teeth Got Crooked Again

My Teeth Got Crooked Again | Lucio H. Kim DDS

Crooked Teeth | Lucio H. Kim, DDS"Doc, I used to wear braces, but I lost my retainer a long time ago and now these front teeth are getting crooked again"

Inman Aligners

This is something patients tell me almost on a daily basis. So here's a solution for you. It doesn't involve braces with the train tracks and the wires. It's MUCH cheaper than Invisalign...about 1/3-1/2 the cost!  And can work as fast in a matter of weeks to a few months. It's called the Inman Aligner. It's like wearing a retainer that can align the front teeth quickly and without the pain of ...

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