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Everything You Need to Know About Orthodontics

Everything You Need to Know About Orthodontics at Burlingame Smile Studio, Dr. April Lee

Orthodontics is one of the most important branches of dentistry. It focuses on diagnosing and treating misalignment and irregularities in the teeth and jaw, as well as correcting improper bites. Orthodontic treatments can be used for both children and adults, and range from traditional braces to less visible options like Invisalign clear braces. Let’s take a look at some of the most common orthodontic treatments so you can decide which one is right for you.

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces are the most common type of orthodontic treatment. They consist of metal brackets that are glued onto your teeth, with thin wires connecting them together. The brackets move your teeth into proper alignment over time, while the wires provide extra force to help speed up the process. Traditional braces are often seen as unsightly, but they are highly effective in correcting severe misalignments or bite issues.

Invisalign Clear Braces

Invisalign clear braces are an increasingly popular alternative to traditional metal braces. They use a series of clear plastic aligners that fit snugly over your teeth, gradually shifting them into the correct position. Unlike metal braces, Invisalign doesn’t have any brackets or wires, making it much less visible and more comfortable to wear. Additionally, they can be removed for eating and brushing your teeth, so you don’t have to worry about food getting stuck in your braces.


Retainers are one of the most common orthodontic treatments used after the initial alignment process is complete. They help keep the teeth in their new positions by holding them in place while

Orthodontic Headgear

Headgear is another type of orthodontic device that is used to correct severe misalignments or bite issues. It consists of straps and bands that attach to the head and neck, as well as a wire that runs through brackets on the front teeth. The force created by the headgear pulls

Dental Appliances

Dental appliances are another type of orthodontic treatment used to correct bite issues such as overbites or underbites by gently pushing or moving certain parts of the jawbone into their correct positions. Appliances can vary in complexity and design, but they are generally removable and can be taken out for cleaning or eating.

Orthodontic Surgery

In some cases, orthodontic surgery may be necessary to correct serious misalignments or bite issues. This type of treatment involves surgically manipulating the jawbone and soft tissues in order to realign the teeth into their proper positions. Orthodontic surgery is highly complex and should only be performed by experienced professionals.

Orthodontics is an important branch of dentistry specializing in diagnosing and treating irregularities in the mouth and jaw area—from mild misalignment issues to severe bite problems—in both children and adults alike. While traditional braces remain popular due to their effectiveness in treating severe cases, there are other options available such as Invisalign clear braces or dental retainers/appliances depending on what best suits your individual needs. No matter what type of orthodontic treatment you choose, it’s important to visit a qualified professional who can provide personalized care tailored to meet your individual needs and goals. With proper care from an experienced dentist or orthodontist, you can achieve straight teeth and a beautiful smile!

If you’re looking to straighten your teeth and improve your smile, contact us today to set up a consultation. Our team of experienced dentists and orthodontists can help you find the perfect solution for your specific needs. Don’t put off the smile you deserve any longer—get started now!

Contact Dr. April Lee at Burlingame Smile Studio we serve Burlingame, CA, Hillsborough, and Millbrae.

(650) 231-2680

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1740 Marco Polo Way Ste 12
Burlingame, California


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