Orthodontics for All Ages in Rancho Cucamonga & Hesperia

woman with metal braces getting a checkupOrthodontics involves diagnosing and correcting various dental misalignment and jaw issues. At Family Specialty Dentistry, we understand the lasting health and aesthetic benefits a straighter smile can have on your life. With a licensed orthodontist on staff, advanced dental technology, and two office locations, we can provide convenient and comprehensive care for children, teens, and adults.

Dr. Andrew Lim and our team of professionals offer traditional metal braces and clear aligners for those who qualify. Whether you wish to improve your appearance, correct jaw or alignment concerns, or get your child started with proactive treatments, we can meet nearly any need. We proudly provide orthodontics to individuals and families throughout Rancho Cucamonga and Hesperia. Contact Family Specialty Dentistry to schedule your consultation today!


Why Is Orthodontic Treatment Important?

When teeth are straighter, it paves the way for better oral hygiene and health. Even spaces between teeth allow for more effective brushing and flossing to remove plaque, tartar, and food debris. Proper hygiene helps reduce your chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease.

Teeth that meet evenly and jaws that function correctly also encourage proper chewing, biting, and speaking. Correct alignment can benefit digestion, prevent uneven wear on your teeth, and lower the risk of developing TMJ disorders.

Treating Orthodontic Concerns Effectively

Orthodontics handles everything related to the diagnoses and treatment of tooth and jaw irregularities. Treatment can resolve dental misalignment, bite issues, and uneven jaw formation. With orthodontics, our team can treat mild to complex forms of the following:

  • Crooked, crowded & rotated teeth
  • Underbites
  • Overbites
  • Sizable gaps between teeth
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites
  • Overjet (protrusion)

Dr. Andrew Lim works closely with our orthodontist to plan your treatment based on your unique needs. We begin with a detailed consultation to understand and document any genetic, diet, and lifestyle habits that could be impacting your dental health. Our dentist and his team take time to evaluate your teeth, gums, and jaws using digital x-rays. This background information and technology are vital for precise treatment recommendations and planning.

When is the Best Time for Orthodontic Treatment?

little girl wearing bracesWe recommend undergoing orthodontics during childhood while your smile is developing. However, treatment can be just as beneficial for teens, adults, and seniors. At Family Specialty Dentistry, our team understands that you may not have had the opportunity to receive braces as a child or teenager. We develop a plan to help you achieve the straighter, healthier, and more appealing smile you deserve.

Orthodontic care can take anywhere from six months to a few years to complete. Treatment depends on your dental health situation and the complexity of your needs. Dr. Andrew Lim and our in-house orthodontist provide a proactive approach with Phase I and II orthodontics. These phases are designed to help us correct moderate and complex issues and guide development changes in children and young teens.

Early intervention can even help eliminate the need for more invasive treatment in the future. We can tailor treatment to meet your needs effectively, regardless of age or dental situation.

Adults & Orthodontics

adult man wearing bracesMany adults often think they cannot receive orthodontic care because of their age, and the fact that their smile is done developing. The truth is that modern treatment with braces and aligners is more effective than ever! Regardless if you are eighteen or sixty-eight, it is never too late to straighten your teeth and improve your oral health with orthodontics.

If your teeth are in good general health, you may be a great candidate for traditional metal braces or clear aligners. To discover which option is right for you, contact our Rancho Cucamonga or Hesperia office to get started!

What About Orthodontics for Children & Teens?

Orthodontic care for children often begins around age seven or eight. Early treatment, also known as Phase I orthodontics, is designed to correct developing alignment and jaw issues with a variety of treatment options. Phase II orthodontics typically begins around age eleven. This early intervention is essential for promoting healthy tooth and jaw development for your child’s future adult smile.

Between the ages of twelve and sixteen, most permanent teeth are in place. This means that brace treatment is most common in the teen years. Our licensed orthodontist will examine your adolescent’s smile to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment. If your teen received Phase I orthodontics at an earlier age, we can provide metal braces or clear aligners to complete the process.

7 Benefits of Orthodontics for Children, Adults & Teens

Orthodontics can provide advantages that go beyond aesthetics and smile symmetry. Traditional braces and clear aligners are reliable options for correcting an uneven bite and, sometimes, uncomfortable or painful misalignment.

woman holding clear alignersOrthodontic treatment can also provide the following seven benefits:

  1. Optimal bite function
  2. Increases confidence
  3. Improves oral hygiene
  4. Prevents jaw pain and TMJ
  5. Reduces risk of tooth decay & gum disease
  6. Prevents costly future treatments
  7. Reduces risk of injury from crooked, crowded, or protruding teeth

How Do Metal Braces Work?

Traditional braces consist of metal brackets fixed on the surfaces of teeth with dental cement. A metal archwire is woven through to connect them and help guide your teeth into proper position. Rubber bands may be applied to help correct jaw alignment.

Metal braces are often recommended to effectively treat mild to more complex cases of malocclusion. They usually require regular checkups with our orthodontist to ensure your treatment is progressing correctly. Braces continue to be a reliable treatment option for smiles of all ages.

What are Clear Aligners?

close up of clear alignersClear aligners offer another way to straighten your smile without the need for metal components. They consist of a series of clear, virtually invisible orthodontic trays. Each set of aligners is designed to fit your specific smile comfortably and uses targeted pressure to guide your teeth into position. Our transparent aligner system uses reliable orthodontics techniques and advanced technology to correct mild to moderate concerns.

Dr. Andrew Lim and our orthodontist recommend clear aligners for responsible teens and adults. This is because the transparent trays must be worn for 22 hours a day for ideal results.

Comprehensive Orthodontics in Rancho Cucamonga & Hesperia

Are you looking to straighten your teeth? Whatever your needs, you can find orthodontic solutions at Family Specialty Dentistry! Dr. Andrew Lim and our in-house orthodontist provide comprehensive care with your comfort, health, and happiness in mind. Contact our Rancho Cucamonga or Hesperia locations to get started!



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