Orthodontics – Braces & Invisalign

Straightening Smiles in Newport Beach

Not everyone has a naturally perfect smile; but many alignment issues can be resolved with braces or invisalign treatments. Crooked, crowded or poorly aligned teeth and misaligned jaws are not uncommon, but many people don’t know that such problems are not only cosmetic. Disorder in your mouth also has health risks, some of which are:

  • Inability to properly chew food, which may lead to digestive problems
  • Danger of breaking a tooth due to strain in jaws or teeth
  • Difficulty maintaining dental hygiene, which may result in tooth decay, periodontitis (perio disease), gingivitis, gum inflammation/recession, and eventually, loss of bone tissue and teeth
  • Psychological problems, low self-esteem due of unsightly appearance

All these conditions can be corrected or avoided with the help of orthodontics an area of cosmetic dentistry that corrects teeth and jaw problems using special devices, like various orthodontic braces and retainers. Orthodontics at Dr. Yazdan’s office is devoted to bringing teeth, lips, and jaws into proper alignment to create beautiful smiles for our Orange County patients.

Orthodontic Treatments

Various braces and orthodontic retainers are the most common devices that put gentle pressure on misaligned teeth to slowly force them into a proper position. Besides crooked teeth, braces are used to treat bite misalignment and some other teeth and jaw problems.

Our restorative and cosmetic dental offices in Newport Beach offer several painless orthodontic treatment options, including the most popular:

  • Dental braces: These light metal constructions are semi-permanently attached to the outer side of your teeth. Braces are a popular choice because of their affordability and a shorter treatment time. Orthodontic braces cannot be removed without the help of an orthodontist and their use requires regular professional cleaning to prevent accumulation of dental plaque.
  • Orthodontic retainers: They are removable metallic devices that consist of plastic and wires, and completely hide inside a patient’s mouth. They are often used following the treatment with orthodontic braces to help keep the teeth and gums settle in their new position. Retainers are also helpful in correcting overbite, underbite and crossbite.
  • Invisalign invisible braces: Invisalign is gaining more and more popularity because of its convenience and aesthetic qualities. These light, plastic aligners are discreet, more comfortable than traditional orthodontic braces, and most importantly, can be easily removed any time at your convenience. That allows you to clean your teeth as well as enjoy any food without worrying about breaking your braces or having food trapped between the brace and your teeth. Invisalign also requires fewer trips to your dental office.


If you’ve always wanted straighter teeth but hate the thought of metal braces, Invisalign may be the treatment you’re looking for.

invisalignMany Orange County Beach Invisalign patients choose this procedure over traditional braces for the following reasons:

  • They are made of a clear material that is less obvious than metal braces
  • Irritation is minimal because there are no wires that can poke and cause pain
  • They can be removed to eat, brush and floss
  • Newport Beach dentist, Desiree Yazdan, D.D.S., will begin the process by taking impressions of your teeth in order to make your customized Invisalign tray. These impressions will be used to make the clear aligners used to correct your teeth. Through computer imaging, you will be able to see the progression of your Invisalign therapy and what your teeth will look like after your treatment is completed.
  • After a few weeks, you’ll return to Dr. Yazdan and receive your sets of invisible teeth aligners. You’ll wear the clear braces 24 hours a day and remove them only when necessary for two weeks. Then you’ll receive your next aligner, and the process begins all over again until your teeth are in their new position.
  • Treatment may take anywhere from six months to a year, depending on the amount of correction your teeth require. The result is a full set of aligned teeth that you can be proud to show off!
  • Braces can be a life-altering tool! It is important that the experience be as comfortable as possible for you. With Invisalign, not only is it less obvious that you are wearing braces, it is also less of an inconvenience because they can be removed when necessary. Since Invisalign can be taken out of the mouth, there are no restrictions on what you can eat or drink as with regular braces.

How Long Does the Orthodontic Smile Makeover Take?

The entire process of orthodontic treatment usually takes anywhere from one to three years, depending on the complexity of the case. Not all types of treatments may be suitable for you based on your specific situation. Dr. Desiree Yazdan will examine your teeth and recommend an appropriate treatment for you based on your individual case.

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