frequently asked questions

Why choose an orthodontist over DIY clear aligners?

Orthodontists are dental specialists who diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities. They receive an additional two to three years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth.

This means they're better qualified to give you the smile of your dreams than you could get from aligners in the mail.

When should my child see an orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists and Dr. Mody recommend an orthodontic screening at age seven. By this age, most children have several permanent teeth that have erupted, letting us evaluate their orthodontic needs.

Dr. Mody can diagnose problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while baby teeth are still present. Some orthodontic problems are easier to correct if they are found early.

How long does treatment take?

Patients who need orthodontic treatment generally have one to three years of active treatment. However, the exact treatment time will vary from patient to patient.

How much does treatment cost?

The cost of orthodontic treatment depends on many factors, including the severity of the problem, how complex the problem is, and how long treatment lasts.

The good news is that braces are more affordable today than ever. Our team also works with insurance companies and offers flexible payment plans that will fit your family’s budget.

Dr. Mody will discuss the cost of treatment and your financing options with you before treatment begins.

I had braces as a teenager, and now as an adult, my teeth are out of place. What can I do?

It is relatively common for people to undergo another round of orthodontic treatment when they are adults– think of it as a revision. Generally the re-treatment is shorter than the first round. Come in for a consultation to determine what your exact treatment needs are!

Will wisdom teeth cause teeth to shift?

Not necessarily. Research suggests that wisdom teeth don’t cause teeth to shift. As long as you are wearing your retainer as prescribed, the teeth shouldn’t shift. In most cases, wisdom teeth are removed for general dental health reasons rather than for orthodontic health.

Your family dentist or Dr. Mody can help determine whether or not your wisdom teeth need to be removed.

How long do I have to wear retainers after treatment?

Dr. Mody will recommend how long to continue wearing your retainers, whether they are removable (the kind you put in and take out) or fixed (bonded behind your teeth). Each patient presents with unique treatment needs, and you’ll get a customized retention protocol at the end of your treatment.

Wearing your retainers is the best way to keep your teeth from moving after your orthodontic treatment. There are many reasons teeth may move following orthodontic treatment. Teeth are set in bone, which is continually changing, breaking down, and rebuilding. Because of this, your teeth may shift after your braces are removed.

By wearing your retainers, your teeth are more likely to remain where Dr. Mody has placed them through braces treatment.

How do I book my next appointment?

To book your next orthodontic appointment, simply contact our office by phone or through our online appointment request system. Our team will assist you in scheduling a convenient time for your visit.

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Lake Forest, CA 92630

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