If you’ve grown up with teeth that are perfectly straight, congratulations! You may have won a genetic lottery. In reality, most of us will encounter having a crooked smile, gaps between teeth or a misaligned bite at some point in their lives. Without orthodontic care, these seemingly cosmetic issues may have a significant impact on the everyday comfort and functionality of the smile.
Orthodontic dentistry focuses on correcting poor bite alignment by adjusting the position of the jaw and teeth. Crooked teeth, a crowded smile and teeth that don’t fit together properly pose many risks. They are harder to clean and are more prone to tooth loss due to tooth decay and gum disease. A poorly aligned smile can also put uneven pressure on the surrounding muscles and joints (leading to headaches, neck pain and joint disorders such as TMJ pain), and may not have a desirable appearance. Orthodontic treatment helps patients enjoy a smile that looks and feels healthy again.
While having a beautiful smile is important, the health benefits of a stronger, more aligned smile can be significant throughout your lifetime. Orthodontic dentistry with braces has the double benefit of restoring the healthy function of your smile and providing a more symmetrical and beautiful appearance. You use your teeth countless times a day to eat, speak and smile– so why settle on a smile that doesn’t feel right?
Orthodontic braces can benefit patients of all ages and various orthodontic needs, used to correct an overbite, underbite, crossbite, spacing between teeth and even teeth crowding, a condition where there are too many teeth to be supported properly by the jaw. Even small changes in the position of your jaw and teeth can improve your oral health and confident appearance.
Modern dentistry has made leaps in orthodontic technology. From traditional metal braces we now also offer clear and tooth-colored braces, and NASA type wires that are heat activated to reduce the need for adjustments. Some patients may also benefit from Invisalign, a revolutionary way to straighten teeth using virtually invisible aligners.
It’s a struggle, wanting to hide your smile even when you’re with friends or family. Do you want to correct a nagging imperfection in your smile, but can’t see yourself wearing braces? More patients are choosing Invisalign as their preferred orthodontic treatment for its virtually invisible appearance and ease of use. While using Invisalign you may forget you’re straightening your teeth!
Invisalign clear aligners are easy to wear and even easier to remove before eating or cleaning your teeth. At your appointment, several sets of aligners are made in advance, so you won’t have to come in as frequently as braces for adjustments. By wearing each tray for about 2-4 weeks at a time, your teeth gradually move into place over the period of a few months to just over a year on average.
Have you considered straightening your smile?
Using state of the art orthodontic care it has never been easier to transform smiles with beautiful and natural looking results in a fraction of the time of traditional dentistry. We welcome patients desiring a more beautiful smile to give us a call and schedule a consultation for orthodontic dentistry with their dentist in Westlake Village.
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"Let’s face it, going to the dentist isn’t something most of us look forward to but I have to say, I really don’t dread it anymore. Kathy is always on time and does a great job cleaning my teeth and I feel like I’ve just had a great visit with a good friend when I leave."
"I've been a patient here for over 15 years and actually enjoy going to this office for care and treatment. Very professional, caring, friendly and helpful. Feels like a family and they seem to enjoy working there. Technically adept both in the front office and with the latest in dental care and treatment (crowns while you wait!)."
"I've been happily using Westlake Dental Associates for several years. The staff is very friendly and I am always greeted by name and a smile. Drs. Wuesthoff and Lundy provide first class service and are quick to respond on those occasional after hours emergency calls. They use the latest high-tech dentistry equipment and techniques. They are truly the best!"
"I came to Dr. Lundy based on a friend's recommendation. I had not seen a dentist in over ten years. I found the whole experience to be amazing. I was initially greeted in a comfortable setting where Dr. Lundy got to know me and my concerns and/or fears. He was very reassuring. The whole process of getting x-rays, to a cleaning, and then having a cavity filled was great. I was never in any pain or even uncomfortable and he explained every step as he was going through the procedures. I will definitely be back in less than ten years!"
"This was my first visit to Westlake Dental Associates and it was such a friendly and welcoming environment that I felt at ease right away. My hygienist, Cathy, was patient and careful and Dr. Lundy was very thorough and took time to talk to me and answer my questions. It was a great overall experience. If you are at all dissatisfied with your current dental facility, I highly recommend giving Dr. Lundy and his office a try!"