What Is an Orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in improving patients’ smiles by treating crooked and misaligned teeth. Orthodontists are required to obtain two to three years of specialized training in orthodontics after finishing dental school.
Dr. Hamid graduated from the University of Southern California’s prestigious School of Dentistry before going on to complete orthodontic training at the School of Dental Medicine at Harvard University.
- What Is Orthodontic Care?
While general dentistry focuses on keeping the teeth, gums, and jaws
healthy and functional, orthodontics is a specialized form of dentistry
that is concerned with misalignments and irregularities of the teeth and
Orthodontics diagnoses, corrects, and prevents crooked teeth and
malocclusions (bite issues). These issues can often impact biting and
chewing ability, and orthodontic care improves their functioning. It also
results in a more pleasing smile.
See Me Smile Dental of Oxnard uses all the latest orthodontic technologies
and techniques to help you achieve the smile you have always wanted. You
will love the way our staff works with you to design a treatment plan
customized for you and your needs.
Nearly half of all Americans have orthodontic issues that could be
corrected by an orthodontist, according to the American Association of
Orthodontics. While 10% of these are considered “necessary” in a medical
sense, the term is relative when it comes to the functioning and appearance
of your smile!
- What Happens During an Orthodontic Consultation?
When you come into our Oxnard office for your orthodontic consultation, you
will first receive a thorough dental exam, so our staff knows what is going
on with your teeth. This exam will include any necessary imaging
technologies such as X-Rays or digital photos.
Your orthodontist will then discuss the results with you and make
recommendations for the best orthodontic treatments for your particular
needs. Treatment options include braces, retainers, headgear, and
You and your provider will collaborate to create a custom treatment plan
that will help give you the smile of your dreams. Finally, our friendly
staff will give you a breakdown of the cost of your treatment and what your
insurance will cover.
- Why Would I Need Orthodontic Treatment?
You might need orthodontic treatment to correct a variety of misalignments and bite issues with your teeth and jaw. A few of the most common are described below. Correcting these issues will improve the functioning of your teeth as well as their appearance and make you less likely to develop gum disease and tooth decay as well.
Teeth do not always come in straight. Many people have crooked teeth. While
crooked teeth may make your smile less appealing, they also put more
pressure on your jaw and create issues with chewing. They also make it more
difficult to brush and floss properly.
Also known as separated or gapped teeth, this issue occurs when your teeth
come in too far apart, leaving a space (or “gap”) between them. This
impairs the look of your smile and makes it harder to keep your gums
When your teeth come in too close together, you have overcrowding instead
of spaced teeth. This condition can cause many dental problems, from pain
related to the overcrowding to physical damage to some of the crowded
teeth. Being too close together also makes it harder to keep them clean.
An underbite occurs when your bottom teeth are too far forward. Sometimes
they extend in front of the top teeth. This condition can lead to jaw pain,
TMJ, and headaches.
The opposite of an underbite, an overbite happens when the top teeth
protrude over the bottom teeth. This can be caused by a variety of issues
from poor tooth positioning to the shape of your jaw. It is important to
correct overbites because they can lead to the same types of health
concerns as underbites and can also cause sleep apnea.
- What Types of Braces Are There, and Which Kind Will I Need?
There are many different types of braces available now than there used to
be. Traditional metal braces are still available, but even they have
improved now and are more comfortable. They can also be customized with
your choice of colors for brackets and elastics.
Porcelain ceramic braces are a newer type of orthodontic appliance that
works much like metal braces but are made of porcelain. They are nearly
invisible. Finally, Invisalign® consists of custom-made removable plastic
aligners that are completely clear and noninvasive.
The best type of braces for you depends on your orthodontic needs and
preferences. Not every orthodontic problem can be corrected by Invisalign®
trays, for example. Your provider will make a recommendation for you during
your consultation and help you choose the best option.
- How Old Do You Need to Be To Get Orthodontic Treatment. Is There Such a Thing As “Too Old?”
Children need to be at least 7 years old before they start orthodontic treatment, though many do not need it until they are much older. All adults can undergo orthodontic treatment. There is no upper age limit. More adults are choosing to undergo orthodontic treatment all the time. They now account for 20% of all orthodontic patients.
- How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Take?
Treatment time depends on the nature of your orthodontic issues and the treatment selected, but usually ranges from one to three years.
- What Are Invisalign® Clear Braces?
These are a new type of orthodontic appliance that is quickly gaining
popularity. Invisalign® clear aligners consist of a series of customized
plastic trays that fit over your teeth. You get one tray for the top teeth
and another for the bottom teeth. You wear each set of trays for a few
weeks before switching to the next one. They gently guide your teeth into
place over time.
Invisalign® aligners can be removed for eating and drinking, meaning there
are no dietary restrictions with this option. However, they will not
correct every orthodontic issue and are therefore not an option for every
- What Is an Orthodontic Retainer and Why Would I Need One?
An orthodontic retainer is a device worn to help keep your teeth in place
after orthodontic treatment. If you have braces, you will probably need to
wear a retainer for at least some time after your braces are removed.
Orthodontic retainers can be removable or nonremovable.
Removable orthodontic retainers are made from plastic and wire. The color
and style can be customized. Nonremovable orthodontic retainers are made
from wires attached to the backside of your teeth. Sometimes orthodontic
retainers are used as a standalone orthodontic treatment for mild issues
that do not require braces.