Orthodontic Treatment in
Sherman Oaks, CA
For over 30 years, we have provided families with innovative and thoughtful orthodontic care. We are passionate about delivering outstanding care that takes advantage of forward-thinking treatment options.
Our clinicians use innovative appliances to perfect your smile and create a healthy bite. Getting a beautiful smile starts with scheduling a complimentary consultation.
What is Orthodontic Care?
Orthodontic care is a specialized branch of dentistry that promotes increased facial harmony by correcting bite malocclusions. Orthodontic care can help with most common concerns like crooked teeth, spacing between teeth, rotated teeth, skeletal and jaw problems.
Orthodontic care does more than provide aesthetic benefits. Improving your smile also has long-term benefits for your dental health; straight teeth promote better oral hygiene. By addressing bite malocclusions, you can improve your dental health and in doing so may reduce the need for costly dentistry in the future.
At Dougherty Orthodontics, we look forward to the opportunity to address your concerns in a warm and supportive environment within which we can provide your fantastic orthodontic care. Schedule your complimentary consultation now.
How Do Orthodontics Work?
Today there are many different types of orthodontic treatment available to patients. A skilled orthodontist can help you best choose the type of orthodontic treatment for you that can best address your specific bite issues and fits into your life and lifestyle.
All orthodontic appliances apply forces to the teeth, that is how teeth move. Each appliance has its own advantage in addressing specific concerns and it is the orthodontist who understands this best.
Our doctors are Board Certified orthodontists by the American Board of Orthodontics. Becoming Board Certified signifies an orthodontist’s pursuit of continued proficiency and excellence in orthodontics understanding and care. Not all orthodontists choose to go through this extra step of evaluation to become professionally certified, and demonstrate their level of care and commitment in doing so. This confirms the level of expertise that your orthodontist has attained and the level of care that they provide.
Types of Orthodontic Treatment & Appliances
Orthodontic treatment has evolved a lot in the past few decades. At Dougherty Orthodontics, we offer the best orthodontic treatment options that match your unique needs.
Invisalign and Clear Aligners
Clear aligners have become popular in orthodontic treatment to address orthodontic malocclusion because they are almost invisible compared to traditional orthodontic appliances. Dental malalignment and bite correction can be done with these versatile appliances.
While they are removable and allow for better hygiene and fewer food restrictions, they need to be worn all the time except when eating – 22-23 hours per day. Most patients change aligners weekly, but in some cases, faster aligner changes can be done, and treatment accelerated.
We are an Invisalign Platinum provider. This distinction is awarded by Invisalign to the top 1% of Invisalign providers. As an Invisalign Platinum provider, you can feel confident that our office has the depth of experience to provide excellence in care to address different types of bite problems.
Braces can restore your bite and transform your smile. We offer many innovative and sophisticated braces options for orthodontic treatment.
Also known as clear braces, ceramic braces feature a transparent material that blends in with your smile. These durable appliances are considerably less noticeable than traditional braces. These more esthetic brackets can make orthodontic treatment less noticeable for teens and adults and are increasingly popular when fixed appliances are chosen.
Metal braces utilize a remarkable design that works around the clock to improve your smile. They rely on a system of brackets and wires to apply gentle force to move teeth. Our stainless steel braces are a fresh take on this tried-and-true appliance.
Beginning at around age 7, when the upper and lower adult teeth erupt, your child should see an orthodontist for an initial examination. Most children don’t require treatment at this age, but this appointment can help you identify any early or developing problems. The orthodontists can determine the timing of follow-up appointments to evaluate growth and development and, if needed, the correct time to address any developing issues. Learning about treatment can help you make better decisions and be a more informed parent when the time comes for treatment.
Retainers are essential when you finish your orthodontic treatment. There are many different kinds of retainers depending on the severity of the initial problem, whether you are a child or adult, or if there is some dentistry to be done when you are finished. Retainers can keep you smiling for years after you are finished.
Should You Seek Orthodontic Treatment?
There are limitless advantages to seeking orthodontic treatment. While creating a more attractive smile is the most apparent benefit, there are far more health-related functions that an improved bite helps.
The truth is: crooked and misaligned teeth can negatively impact your health. Crooked and gapped teeth trap food particles in hard-to-reach places in your teeth. Even the most adamant brusher will be more likely to develop gum disease or tooth decay if they have a bad bite. These leftover particles can lead to plaque build-up, increasing your risk of oral injuries, pain, and chronic headaches.
Some signs you may need orthodontic treatment include:
- Crowded or crooked teeth
- Teeth with spacing issues or missing
- Bite problems like overbite, underbite, crossbite, etc.
- Jaw problems
If you have any of the above conditions, then we recommend scheduling a complimentary exam with Dougherty Orthodontics today.
Get White Glove Orthodontic Care That Puts a Smile on Your Face
Quality orthodontic treatment is about more than straightening teeth. Attaining a beautiful smile requires individualized attention from a board-certified orthodontist. At Dougherty Orthodontics, we go above and beyond to help children, teens, and adults. Our limited roster means we provide our patients with the utmost attention.
We proudly serve Sherman Oaks and the surrounding communities with Board Certified orthodontist care and a compassionate team. Get started on your smile journey by scheduling an appointment today.