Orthodontics – San Ramon, CA
Creating Straighter, Healthier Smiles
Whether it’s for health reasons or simply cosmetic ones, it’s no surprise that many patients want to straighten their teeth. Our team at Gale Ranch Family Dental is more than happy to help you find a solution to your dental alignment problems. If you give our San Ramon dental office a call and set up an appointment, we can give you an overview of the various orthodontic options that we offer and work with you to determine which one could help you achieve your smile goals.
Why Choose Gale Ranch Family Dental for Orthodontics?
- Experienced In-House Orthodontist
- Image-Friendly Clear Aligners
- Advanced Dental Technology
Many people inevitably think of traditional braces whenever they hear the word “orthodontics.” There’s a very good reason for that; traditional braces have been around for a long time, and they remain the most reliable option for correcting the most complex dental alignment problems. Braces are commonly worn by children and teenagers, but they can be beneficial for adults as well. Many people need to wear traditional braces for around two or three years, although it largely depends on the changes they’re trying to make.
Are you thinking of getting braces but are worried they might be a bit too eye-catching? Clear/ceramic braces can often be a good option for image-conscious patients. The clear ceramic materials won’t be as visible compared to the dark-colored metal that’s normally used, which is good news for individuals who might otherwise be worried about showing off their smiles. Like traditional braces, clear-ceramic braces are worn for about two to three years on average; again, though, it varies based on the patient and their situation.
Invisalign® Clear Aligners
We often recommend Invisalign for older patients who are looking for an alternative to highly visible traditional braces. With Invisalign in San Ramon, you don’t need any brackets or wires; you simply need to wear a series of plastic aligners that gradually move the teeth toward their ideal positions. In addition to being virtually invisible when worn, the aligners can also be taken out of your mouth at any time, making it possible to eat whatever you want. Invisalign treatments often take around 12 to 18 months, and they’re normally recommended for making mild or moderate corrections.
Retainers & Oral Appliances
After reaching the end of your orthodontic treatment, you’ll need to start wearing a retainer. This is to stop your smile from returning to its previous alignment. Wearing your retainer is essential if you want to protect the newly straightened grin that you invested so much time and money in. We’ll let you know how long you should wear your retainer on a daily basis.
Our team may recommend various other kinds of orthodontic appliances based on the specific needs of each patient. When recommending an oral appliance of any kind, we’ll take the time to explain what it does and why it’s necessary for your treatment; don’t be afraid to speak up if you have questions.