Braces

Jonathan Shouhed, DDS -  - Orthodontist

West LA Orthodontics

Jonathan Shouhed, DDS

Orthodontist located in Culver City, West Los Angeles, CA

Braces are the classic orthodontic treatment. Whether it’s straightening crooked teeth or fixing a misaligned bite, braces can really do it all. Jonathan Shouhed, DDS, has used braces to improve the smiles of many of his Los Angeles patients at West LA Orthodontics, conveniently located near Culver City. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling the office or book a visit online.

Braces Q & A

What are braces?

Braces are a classic orthodontic treatment for straightening teeth and bites that are crooked or misaligned.

Braces consist of bands, wires, and brackets. The brackets bond to the front portion of your tooth, while the archwire threads through the brackets. The bands wrap around the brackets in order to keep the archwire in place. When the archwire is tightened, it exerts pressure on your teeth, which gradually moves them into a straighter position over a period of time.

Your braces do need periodic adjustments as your teeth move into place. You’ll typically come into West LA Orthodontics for this procedure every month. All in all, straightening teeth with braces can be done as quickly as a few months or as long as a few years, depending on where your teeth are starting.

What conditions do braces fix?

Braces are an effective treatment for correcting:

  • Crooked or overcrowded teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overbite, where the upper front teeth come out too far over the lower teeth
  • Underbite, where the front teeth bite down behind the lower teeth
  • Other jaw misalignments that create an uneven bite

Many people also get braces from West LA Orthodontics as a cosmetic treatment to improve their smile by straightening generally uneven teeth.

Why should I get braces?

Straightening out improperly aligned teeth and jaws can have a number of benefits for your oral health, like:

  • Easier-to-clean teeth, thereby reducing your risk of tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease
  • More evenly distributed force when you bite down, reducing the wear and tear on your teeth
  • Improved ability to speak properly

Braces also improve the appearance of your smile, which can boost confidence and increase self-esteem.

When should I get braces?

Dr. Shouhed recommends visiting him at West LA Orthodontics for braces when your child’s final baby teeth are loose. At this age, your child’s teeth and jaw are still growing, which can be a helpful tool in treating complex problems.

By starting and completing treatment before your child’s jaw and facial growth are fully complete, Dr. Shouhed can help to achieve harmony between the function, aesthetics, and overall health of your child’s smile.

Even though it’s better to get treatment when you’re younger, braces are still an incredibly effective procedure for patients of any age. Adult braces are becoming much more commonplace today, and for patients that want a more discrete treatment option, Dr. Shouhed offers clear ceramic braces or Invisalign® clear aligners.

To learn more about how braces can improve your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Shouhed today by calling the West LA Orthodontics office, or booking a visit online.