Beachwood Dental is proud to offer our Los Alamitos, CA patients multiple options for excellent orthodontic care and straighter teeth. Patients who are looking to correct crooked, gapped, displaced teeth, or an overbite can have braces placed on their teeth to straighten them over time. However, patients can become concerned about the comfort level and cosmetic appearance of wearing traditional metal braces. Self-ligating braces can be a good compromise, offering brackets that can be tightened on their own without the need for elastics to be placed on them. Without elastics needed to hold the brackets and archwire together, it makes the self-ligating braces more comfortable and less noticeable. They are also easier and faster to tighten, as patients can pay a short visit to our orthodontist. We encourage our patients, who are in need of braces, to schedule a consult at our office to discuss the possibility of self-ligating braces.
"Anyone who is hesitant about these five stars review, HAVE NO FEAR. I would 10/10 recommend this clinic to ANYONE who asks (or doesn't). I was in town for my wedding and I visited my dentist in the area to get my final Invisalign check/retainers. I also wanted to straighten out my front tooth because it had chipped in the Invisalign process since I used to bite my nails. It made me super self conscious especially since I was going to be taking a ton of photos for my wedding this weekend and it had been bothering me since I got my attachments taken off. I had asked my dental clinic if they could even it out, but the dentist was not in so they weren't able to do anything for me... I was definitely 110% freaking out and so so sad. My dental office referred me to Beachwood Dental and Dr. Todd answered the phone. He so willingly accepted me last minute and really tried to work around my hectic schedule. I was late since I was running last minute errands and didn't expect them to take me so quickly (I called Thursday early afternoon, they told me to come in later that afternoon!). They were still able to fit me in with such warm attitudes and smiles. Dr. Todd, Stacy, and everyone in the office were so lovely, really (& I definitely don't say that lightly). They were able to fix me up (I couldn't even tell the difference!!!) and sent me on my way. I am forever thankful to this awesome team and appreciate you all (even if Dr. Todd is a USC fan...GO BRUINS). Thank you, Beachwood Dental!!!!"- H.S. / Yelp / Sep 20, 2018
"Mary Ann and the front desk staff are always on time and provide friendly reminders. Been using Dr Brown for over 25 years and very pleased with his work."- R.H. / Google / Sep 17, 2018
"Great friendly service so far for teeth cleaning, xrays, and checkup.. On time for appts."- I.J. / Google / Sep 13, 2018
"Love love BeachWood dental!! I finally have a dental family that I can call home for all mine and my husbands needs. The dentists and staff are so friendly and welcoming. They’re even calming and comforting for people like me who get nervous when I go in. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a great dentist!! JullieG~"- J.G. / Google / Aug 18, 2018
"The hygienist only uses the "Scraponater" (the ultrasonic tooth cleaner/scraper) on the heavy deposits not for the whole cleaning job. That thing feels like I'm scraping my teeth on a blackboard. The cleaning job is almost always done completely by hand. Then there is the digital X-Ray machine. Precious little radiation compared to the regular kind and the view is almost 3D. Teeth all bright and shiny, quick and painless. What more can you ask for?"- D.K. / Yelp / Aug 18, 2018
What to Expect
Prior to receiving their self-ligating braces, patients will have their teeth cleaned and examined to ensure that they are in good health to support the braces. The first step will be for a bonding substance to be applied to the teeth for the metal braces to be attached. Once the braces are in place, the brackets will be bonded to them using a high-intensity light. Finally, the archwire will be placed precisely between the brackets and braces to keep them in place. The brackets have a built-in hook that will allow our orthodontist to tighten them during the procedure. There should be little to no pain felt during the process.
Self-ligating braces require the same kind of at-home care as traditional metal braces. Our orthodontist recommends for our patients to make their oral hygiene a top priority by regularly brushing their teeth twice a day and flossing as well. With braces, food and particles can easily become trapped between the wires, so it is important that patients are mindful of their at-home care. It may take some time for patients to be accustomed to their new braces, and a mild discomfort is normal as patients adjust. Regular follow-up appointments for tightening and assessment will be made to ensure the patient's progress is on track.
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A Healthier Smile Today
Our office offers self-ligating braces to effectively realign and straighten crooked teeth. Self-ligating braces are more comfortable and less-visible than traditional braces, and we recommend that patients schedule a consult with our office today to see if this could be the best option for restoring the smile.