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Welcome to OPDSF Ortho, where we are dedicated to offering the finest orthodontic care in San Francisco, CA. Orthodontic treatment plays a vital role in improving oral health and boosting self-confidence. At OPDSF Ortho, we ensure that our patients receive personalized care tailored to their unique needs.

Types of Orthodontic Appliances

  1. Invisalign Aligners: These clear aligners are a modern approach to teeth straightening. They are ideal for patients seeking an esthetics, affordable comfortable, and effective treatment over traditional braces. Moreover, it generally confers better oral hygiene because they are removable and allow access to difficult cleaning areas.
  2. Metal Braces: These traditional braces are a reliable solution for various dental issues, offering effective alignment and adjustment of teeth.
  3. Ceramic Braces: As a more aesthetic alternative to metal braces, ceramic braces blend with the natural color of teeth, providing a less noticeable treatment option.
  4. Lingual Braces: These are attached behind the teeth, making them invisible from the front. They offer aesthetic advantages but may present unique challenges in terms of cleaning and comfort.
  5.  Spring Removable Aligners:These are actively configured acrylic retainers to correct minor tooth movement.
  6.  Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs or Minipins): These are mini inserts places within the confines of the bony housing to obtain absolute anchorage (prevent certain groups of teeth from moving) facilitating favorable tooth movement which cannot be achieved under normal circumstances. The normally measure about 1.3-1.5 mm in diameter with a length of 6-8 mm. These inserts are removed at the conclusion of treatment and the tissue will usually heal normally.
  7. Fixed functional Appliances:Example of this would be the PowerScope, Mandibular Anterior Repositioning Appliance (MARA). These are generally to facilitate growth changes to correct protrusion
  8. Removable functional Appliances:These are similar in principle to the fixed functional appliances except that they are removable. They are usually bulkier and require active patient participation. New advances with Invisalign Mandibular Advancement (IV MA) has somewhat overcome most of the discomfort with the older generation of these removable functional appliances. TheseInvisalign Mandibular Advancement replaced the posturing component with customized curved enhance precision wings places at the molars areas. When worn properly, most patients feel at ease and have positive outcomes.
  9. Skeletal Expander Appliance:Traditionally regular upper expander is unable to confer skeletal changes once the upper jaw matures. The skeletal expander appliance along with TADs/Minipins will allow the opportunity to develop and expand the upper arch correcting the transverse problem and regain arch spaces even when the upper jaw has matured. This eliminates the need for upper jaw surgery in certain cases.
  10.  Myofunctional Orthodontic Appliances: These are prefabricated orthodontic appliance to restore normal dental, skeletal and soft tissue balance during the growing stages. Functional habits such as configuring the normal tongue posture, establish lip seal, reconditioning and strengthening of oro-facial musculature and elimination of deleterious habits e.g. thumb habit, are some of primary treatment objectives.

Initial Orthodontic Consultation

  1. Initial Consultation: Your journey at OPDSF Ortho begins with a thorough consultation, where we assess your dental health and discuss treatment options.
  2. Custom Treatment Plan: Each patient receives a customized treatment plan, ensuring optimal results specific to their dental needs. The initial cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) will reveal the anatomical details pertinent to your treatment and able to diagnose with confidence regarding your dentition, soft tissue envelope, airway, dental and skeletal maturation, bony changes of jaw joints and pathology.
  3. Delivery of Orthodontic Appliance: We guide you through the appliance delivery process whether it be Invisalign or braces, ensuring you understand every step. There will be an allotment of time to allow you to ask questions.
  4. Adjustment Appointments: Regular follow-ups are crucial for monitoring progress and making necessary adjustments.

Caring for Your Orthodontic Appliance

  1. Cleaning Techniques: We provide comprehensive advice on maintaining oral hygiene with your Invisalign or braces including effective brushing and flossing techniques including caring of your orthodontic appliances.
  2. Dietary Adjustments: Learn about the foods to enjoy and those to avoid, to ensure your orthodontic appliances remain effective and undamaged.
  3. Dealing with Discomfort: We offer practical tips to manage any discomfort or soreness associated with treatment.

FAQs about Orthodontic Appliances

Q1: How long will I need to wear Invisalign or Braces?
A1: The duration of wearing orthodontic appliances varies greatly among individuals, as it’s dependent on a variety of factors such as the complexity of the dental issue being corrected, the type of  orthodontic appliances used, and the patient’s own biological response to the treatment. Generally, the average treatment time ranges from 18 months to 3 years. During your initial consultation at OPDSF Ortho, we’ll provide a more personalized estimate based on your specific needs.

Q2: Are there age restrictions for getting Invisalign or Braces?
A2: There is no age limit for orthodontic treatment as long as the patient has healthy teeth and gums. While many people receive orthodontic treatment during childhood or adolescence, adults can also benefit significantly from braces. The key consideration is the health of the teeth, gums, and supporting bone. At OPDSF Ortho, we offer orthodontic solutions for all ages, tailored to each patient’s unique dental health status. Generally, we have found that Invisalign is able to treat almost any malocclusion and can obtain similar outcomes as compared with braces. At times, Invisalign offers better tooth control especially if compliance is excellent.

Q3: How often do I need to visit the orthodontist during treatment?
A3: The frequency of orthodontic appointments varies based on the individual treatment plan. Typically, patients are scheduled to visit every 10-12 weeks. These appointments are essential for making adjustments to the braces, monitoring progress, and ensuring the treatment is progressing as planned. Regular visits also give patients the opportunity to address any concerns or questions with their orthodontist. The longer intervals are possible because the patients have the entire series of Invisalign aligners and able to monitor their progress. The braces do not generally need to be activated as often now because of the advances of more flexible and low force delivery of the arch wires and constant activation of tooth movements of the self-ligating brackets.

Q4: Will Invisalign or Braces interfere with my daily activities like sports or playing musical instruments?
A4: Most patients adapt quickly to wearing orthodontic appliance and continue with their daily activities with minimal interference. This is particularly so with Invisalign treatment – less conspicuous, smoother surfaces and highly esthetic. For those involved in contact sports, it’s advisable to wear a mouthguard to protect the orthodontic appliance and your mouth. As for playing musical instruments, particularly wind instruments, there might be a short adjustment period, but many musicians adapt with ease. OPDSF Ortho can provide tips and accessories to make these activities more comfortable.

Q5: What is the cost of orthodontic treatment, and are there financing options available at OPDSF Ortho?
A5: The cost of orthodontic treatment can vary based on several factors including the type of orthodontic appliance e.g. Invisalign or braces, the complexity of the case, esthetic expectations, comfort during treatment, and the duration of treatment. At OPDSF Ortho, we believe that financial considerations should not be an obstacle to receiving quality orthodontic care. We offer a variety of financing options, including flexible payment plans and assistance with insurance claims, to make treatment accessible and affordable for our patients. During your initial consultation, we’ll discuss the cost in detail and help you understand the available financing options.

At OPDSF Ortho, we are committed to providing personalized and effective orthodontic care. We invite you to visit our practice or schedule a consultation to learn more about how we can help you achieve a healthier, more beautiful smile.

Ready to start your journey towards a perfect smile? Contact OPDSF Ortho today or visit our website to book a consultation.