Orthodontics

Harleen Grewal, DDS -  - Dentistry

Skyline Smiles

Harleen Grewal, DDS

Dentistry located in Santa Clarita, CA

If you have a malpositioned jaw or teeth, orthodontics can safely realign your smile. At Skyline Smiles in Santa Clarita, California, board-certified pediatric dentist Harleen Grewal, DDS, and the team provide orthodontics like two-phase treatment, traditional braces, and Invisalign® to people of all ages. Schedule an orthodontics appointment online or call the office to speak with a caring member of the administrative staff today.

Orthodontics Q & A

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics uses custom oral appliances like braces and retainers to reposition crooked and crowded teeth or a misaligned jaw. 

When your teeth and jaw are set correctly, your smile is more attractive and you’re less likely to experience oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease.

As part of its orthodontics program, Skyline Smiles also:

  • Creates custom orthodontic treatment plans
  • Monitors the jawline and bite of children and teenagers
  • Diagnoses and treats misaligned jaws and teeth
  • Performs teeth straightening surgery (when necessary)

They also apply oral appliances, including metal braces, lingual braces, and palatal expanders, in the office.

What is orthodontic two-phase treatment?

Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a multi-step method used to improve your child’s bite and jaw alignment.

Typically, treatment begins with braces when your child is between the ages of 7 and 9. At this age, a majority of their baby teeth still remain. About a year later, Skyline Smiles removes the braces and replaces them with a retainer.

Your child wears their retainer for about three years, during a resting phase. Following the resting phase, Skyline Smiles bonds a new set of braces to your child’s permanent teeth. They then wear braces for another year or 18 months.

Two-phase treatment typically takes about five years to complete. Though that may seem like a long time, the results are worth it. 

Is my child a good candidate for orthodontics?

To determine if your child is a good candidate for orthodontics, Skyline Smiles conducts an oral exam, reviews your child’s oral health history, and asks about their goals for treatment. 

They then order X-rays to get a closer look at your child’s teeth, jaws, and alveolar bone. If your child has crooked and crowded teeth or a misaligned jaw, they’ll likely qualify for treatment.

What type of orthodontics is right for me?

Skyline Smiles offers several types of orthodontics, including:

  • Traditional braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Invisalign oral aligners
  • Custom-tailored retainers
  • Palatal expanders
  • Orthodontic headgear

The type of orthodontics that you’ll most benefit from depends on the position of your teeth, your oral health history, and your budget. After gathering all of the necessary information, Skyline Smiles can develop a custom care plan that aligns with your needs.

To learn more about the benefits of orthodontics, schedule a consultation at Skyline Smiles. Book an appointment online or call the office to speak with a caring member of the administrative staff today.