Teeth Straightening Solutions
Solutions for Teeth Straightening in Torrance & the South Bay
You can find out if you need braces by looking in the mirror to see if you have any of the conditions listed below. If you have any of these conditions, this Torrance orthodontist can provide a right solution for you. Whether the solution is braces or Invisalign, Dr. Eckhart will be able to let you know which one is the best for you. He has been a Super Elite Preferred Provider of Invisalign; one of only several dozen in North America. If you wonder if your teeth need straightening, just take a look in the mirror and see if you find any of these conditions:
Crowding where some teeth are getting pushed in, others pushed out and some overlapping.
Rotations and turning of teeth.
Extra space between teeth.
Protruding upper teeth that are pushed too far out in comparison to lowers.
Underbite where the bottom teeth are too far forward compared with uppers.
Deep overbite where the bottom teeth push up against the roof of the mouth.<
Posterior crossbite where the bottom teeth do not all bite inside uppers.
Midline discrepancy where upper and lower teeth do not line up exactly.
Anterior open bite where the front top and bottom teeth do not come together.
Too much gum shows when smiling.
Teeth stick out beyond the lips. Lips are usually apart instead of together.
Lips are too full.
Determining if Braces are the Solution For You
We believe it is best to postpone braces for children until around the age of 12 when the permanent teeth have come in, although we do like to give an orthodontic exam at age 7. This allows you to minimize treatments, costs, and visits. We are glad to treat adults and only ask that the teeth be clean and cavities fully resolved before you begin your treatment.
Here are some of the guidelines of a nice smile that are used in orthodontic planning: the teeth should be straight, the upper teeth should show their entire length, the gums should not show, the upper teeth taper back gradually allowing the lowers to contribute to the width of the smile at the corners of the mouth and the upper teeth biting edges should be aligned on a parallel line to the lower lip when smiling. If you have further questions or if you would like to know how we can help, please give us a call or plan a visit to our offices today!
Contact this Torrance and South Bay orthodontist and find out more about having a great smile.