Orthodontic problems require specialized care. Patients who have dental and facial irregularities should be cared for by an Orthodontist. Our specific qualifications in the design, application and control of corrective appliances will bring teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment for optimal facial balance.Children's Dental group is an office that has been designed and staffed to meet the special needs of treating children. Our doctors are either pediatric specialists, general dentists who have chosen to limit their practice to children, or orthodontists. We focus on delivering excellent, compassionate dental care in a fun and playful environment. As we constantly work to improve the service we provide, any comments you may wish to share are both welcomed and appreciated. Our office will make every effort to provide you with the finest care and the most convenient financial options. To accomplish this, we work with you to maximize your insurance reimbursement for covered procedures. If you have any problems or questions, please ask our staff. They are well informed and up-to-date and can be reached by phone at (323) 564 - 2444.Please bring your insurance information with you to the consultation so that we can expedite reimbursement.Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The technical term for these problems is "malocclusion," which means "bad bite."The results of orthodontic treatment can be dramatic ? beautiful smiles, improved dental health and an enhanced quality of life for people of all ages. Orthodontic problems must be diagnosed before treatment begins. Proper diagnosis involves careful study of photographs, x-rays, and dental impressions.Treatment typically lasts from 6 to 30 months, depending on age, and the severity of the orthodontic problem. Outstanding results are also highly dependent on maximum cooperation and coordination of care between you and our practice. We are committed to delivering the best possible service in order for you to achieve your orthodontic goals.What?s the right age for Orthodontic Treatment?All children should receive their first orthodontic evaluation by age seven. This allows early identification of potential problems. Certain orthodontic conditions are also best treated at this age. Full braces are placed after most of the permanent teeth erupt, generally age ten to twelve. Adults are also prime candidates for orthodontic treatment.The timing of your treatment is VERY important, a consultation will allow us to better understand your needs. Please contact our office if you have any questions.How do braces work?There are two main components of braces, brackets, which are bonded directly to the tooth, and archwires, that connect the brackets. Contrary to what most people think, it is the archwire that actually moves the teeth. The brackets serve only as "handles". The archwire generates a steady gentle pressure to move the teeth into their proper position.Like moving a stick through sand, as the tooth moves, the bone gives way on one side, and fills in on the other. Elastics are used to make the upper and lower teeth bite together properly.