Types of Orthodontic Treatment

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While you might feel unlucky in the smile department, you are lucky in terms of how many options you have these days for orthodontic treatment. Villa Vista Dental offers two different orthodontic procedures that are designed to fix issues like crowding and gaps. Both are especially good for patients who want straight teeth but don’t want to spend several years wearing metal braces.

Accelerated Braces

Six Month Smiles® are a type of accelerated braces. The technology is similar to traditional metal braces since there are brackets and wires involved. The difference is that the procedure focuses primarily on the teeth that are visible when you smile. This allows the treatment to be completed much quicker.

Clear Aligner Therapy

Clear aligner therapy is quite different from traditional metal braces. The brand we offer is called ClearCorrect®. With this type of orthodontic treatment, teeth straightening is achieved through a series of clear aligners. The aligners are designed to fit snugly over your teeth. As you move gradually through each set of new aligners, your teeth are gently pushed into the correct direction. The aligners should be worn at least 22 hours a day to keep your treatment on track.

Advantages of Clear Aligners

Clear aligners take away many of the negatives associated with traditional methods of orthodontic treatment. For one thing, the aligners are nearly invisible so it isn’t obvious that you are straightening your teeth. The plastic of the aligner feels smooth against your mouth so they are more comfortable to wear than metal brackets. Another big plus is that you take them out when you eat and clean your teeth. This means no big changes to diet are necessary. It’s also easy to maintain good oral hygiene. No threading floss around brackets or worrying about pieces of lettuce stuck in your braces. You can brush and floss as usual.

Orthodontic Options in Elk Grove, CA

Are you interested in getting orthodontic treatment? If you need help deciding between the different options available, we invite you to book a consultation at Villa Vista Dental. We provide modern orthodontic services at our Elk Grove practice and we’re happy to help. We offer flexible financing options to make your treatment more budget-friendly.

Get straight teeth, faster, with clear aligners or accelerated braces.


Benefits of ClearCorrect® Aligners

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In dentistry, we sometimes like to say that ClearCorrect® aligners are the clear choice when it comes to orthodontic treatment. What that really means is that there are so many clear benefits to choosing ClearCorrect®. If you’re deciding whether or not to get ClearCorrect® to straighten your smile, here are some of its advantages to consider.

The Clear Appearance

One of the best benefits of ClearCorrect® is hinted at right in the name. These aligners are made from clear, plastic trays, which means that it’s hard to notice them when you’re wearing them. You can compare this to traditional braces where it’s easy to spot the metal wires and brackets. Many people love that ClearCorrect® allows them to still remain confident in their smile even while undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Removability

Not only are ClearCorrect® aligners barely noticeable, but they’re also completely removable. You can pop them in and out whenever it’s time to eat, brush your teeth, or clean the aligner trays. That, in turn, means you don’t have to navigate certain food restrictions or change your brushing and flossing technique. Plus, it’s easier to keep your teeth clean when you aren’t maneuvering around dental hardware attached to your teeth.

More Comfort

Since ClearCorrect® aligners are made out of smooth plastic, many patients find that they’re more comfortable to wear than metal braces, which can sometimes irritate your gums or lips. Plus, the pressure the aligners apply to shift your teeth is gentle and gradual so it’s not a painful procedure. You won’t experience the discomfort that usually follows tightening of metal brackets.

Clear Aligners in Elk Grove, CA

Are you convinced about ClearCorrect®? Then we invite you to Villa Vista Dental to have a consultation to kickstart your treatment. We provide ClearCorrect® aligners as part of our orthodontic services. Still on the fence and want to ask us more questions? We’d be more than happy to answer them! Call or email our practice in Elk Grove today, and a member of our dental team will be there to help.

Discreetly & comfortably straighten your teeth with ClearCorrect® clear aligners!


Straight Teeth Faster with Six Month Smiles

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For those who are considering orthodontic treatment, time can be a deterrent. Traditional braces may need to be worn for up two years! Not everyone is interested in the lifestyle adjustments, look, and feel, that come with wearing braces for that period of time. The good news is that Six Month Smiles is a faster option. It’s safe, effective, and great for anyone who doesn’t want to wait for straighter teeth!

All About Six Month Smiles


Want straighter teeth by your next dental checkup? Then Six Month Smiles may be for you. Essentially, Six Month Smiles is an orthodontic appliance that focuses mainly on straightening the front six teeth. Six Month Smiles uses tooth-colored wires and brackets that are more discreet than traditional braces. They are most well-suited to those with mild to moderate misalignment. Individuals with complex bite issues should schedule a consultation first to see if it’s the right treatment.

Straight Teeth Faster


Are you tired of hiding your smile because of tooth gaps or misaligned teeth but unsure about committing to a year or more of wearing metal braces? Then you have even more reasons that this option might be great for you. Even though the brackets are less noticeable, they are still effective at straightening teeth within mere months. As a result, you get the benefits of a huge difference to the look and feel of your smile in a shorter period of time. This makes them a great option for busy adults.

Villa Vista Orthodontics


If you’ve been considering options for getting a better, more beautiful smile, call us and ask about our budget friendly options. We offer ClearCorrect® and Six Month Smiles®, both alternatives to the hassle of wearing traditional braces. We want to help you achieve your ideal smile in a time frame that works for you!

Call us today if you’re ready to discuss your straightening options!


How the Dentist Can Fix an Overbite or Underbite

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Malocclusion refers to the misaligned positioning of the teeth when the jaws are closed. Two common forms of malocclusion are underbite and overbite. With an overbite, the upper teeth overlap the bottom teeth, while underbite is the opposite, with the bottom row of teeth overlapping the front of the upper teeth. Read on to learn about problems associated with these conditions, and how we can help here at Villa Vista Dental.

Issues From an Overbite or Underbite

Problems with one’s bite can cause functional and aesthetic problems over time. Problems related to an overbite include:

  • Broken, cracked or chipped teeth
  • Uneven tooth wear
  • Jaw pain and temporomandibular joint dysfunction/TMD
  • Gum disease (due to difficulty keeping misaligned teeth clean)

Problems related to an underbite include:

  • Difficulty speaking, chewing, and swallowing due to the protrusion of the lower jaw
  • Increased tooth decay and uneven wear
  • Pain in the jaw and TMJ dysfunction

How to Fix an Overbite or Underbite

In many cases, bite correction involves orthodontia. At a consultation with Dr. Tin here at Villa Vista Dental, we’ll examine your teeth and bite to determine the best treatment for your specific situation. Depending on the severity of your bite issues, we may recommend ClearCorrect®, a series of custom aligners that, as the name suggests, are completely clear and virtually undetectable. Get in touch with our team to discover if your dental goals can be accomplished using this amazing orthodontic treatment or if you’d benefit from traditional braces.

Schedule an Orthodontic Consultation

Since untreated jaw alignment issues ultimately can lead to increased wear and tear on the teeth, as well as pain and difficulty eating and/or swallowing, it’s best to seek bite correction treatment before your symptoms become problems. Although teeth position is more easily changed during childhood and the teenage years, adults who wish to correction their bite can (and should) seek treatment!

Schedule a consultation at our Elk Grove dental office! Our hours are varied so you can schedule a time that is most convenient for you.