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Dr. Maurice Firouz and the team at Firouz Orthodontics have the knowledge and experience to advise their patients near West LA  about orthodontic treatment options like braces. If the question is “Do I need braces?”, the answer may be easy to discern.

What are braces?

Braces are a system comprised of metal brackets, a bonding substance, and an archwire that connects the brackets together. A thorough examination by Dr. Maurice Firouz will help determine what needs to be fixed and identify a goal position for the teeth in question. Metal brackets are adhered to the front surfaces of the teeth with a special dental adhesive. These brackets serve as an anchor for the archwire, which is the source of pressure that is used to move your teeth. The pressure exerted pushes the teeth into the desired position throughout the course of treatment.

What are the benefits of braces?

The long-term goal of braces is a set of nicely ordered teeth. Correctly positioned teeth make cleaning, brushing, and flossing easier and more effective. A set of properly aligned teeth work more efficiently, are nicer to smile with, and contribute to the overall health and well-being of the patient.

Do I need braces?

Braces are an effective treatment option for even the most serious cases of malocclusion (they can work to turn teeth or shift them upwards or downwards from the upper jaw). A malocclusion is a misalignment of the teeth in the mouth. Some examples are overjet, open bite, crossbite, overbite, underbite, and spacing problems. These issues benefit from early intervention, and the most effective way to treat them is with braces.

When should I get braces?

A patient’s age, the severity of the malocclusion, and the cost of treatment are important considerations when considering orthodontic treatment with braces. Children as young as 7 years old should have their first appointment to examine the progress of their still growing teeth. Once a child loses all of their baby teeth and their adult teeth have finished growing in, there is no age limit to braces.

How much do braces cost?

Orthodontic treatment can be expensive, but comparatively, braces are not as expensive as other orthodontic treatment options. Insurance may cover some costs, and supplemental insurance is available. A payment plan stretched across the length of treatment can make the process more affordable.

Braces are the most effective treatment option for severe malocclusions, but they are indicated in a range of cases. Dr. Maurice Firouz and the team at Firouz Orthodontics can help determine if orthodontic treatment with braces near West LA is the appropriate approach for your needs. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call: (310) 447-5790

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 Dr. Maurice Firouz and the staff at Firouz Orthodontics provide their patients with the best orthodontic care near Beverly Hills, CA. They work hard to ensure that every patient is provided with the appropriate, gentle, and affordable care they need and expect to solve any orthodontic problem.

 Braces are made with three basic parts: a bracket, a bonding mechanism or band, and an archwire. These all work to help with improving the development of your teeth, bite and jaw. If you’re experiencing a difference in the function of your braces, such as a loose brace or bracket, your braces may be broken and thus aren’t delivering the effective treatment your teeth need. The team at Firouz Orthodontics near Beverly Hills, CA are experts in informing and guiding patients on how to keep their braces in good working order and on track to deliver the best treatment outcome possible.

What can cause harm to my braces?

  • Hard candies
  • Ice cubes
  • Gum, gummies, and other hard or sticky foods
  • Injury to the face

There are several factors that can ultimately cause damage to your braces and prevent them from working as designed. The team at Firouz Orthodontics know that sticky substances such as gum or hard foods can cause damage to the brackets and/or the wires of your braces. When adjusting to a newly fitted set of braces, it’s important to stay proactive and keep them safe, for instance, by eating softer foods at least initially. Stay aware of what foods you’re eating and what activities you are participating in. Not only will this keep your braces safe, but it will ensure your continued oral health, as well.

Some signs that your braces need to be fixed.

  • Loose or missing bracket
  • Broken or loose wire
  • Severe discomfort or pain in your teeth, mouth, and/or jaw

Ways to avoid discomfort while wearing braces.

  • Create a diet of soft food diet (e.g., pasta, soups, mashed potatoes, yogurt, and other soft food).
  • Rinse with warm salt water 2-to-3 times a day.
  • Consult with your doctor and take an over-the-counter pain reliever as needed.

It’s normal to feel discomfort in and around your mouth while wearing braces, especially if they’ve been newly fitted. This pain doesn’t necessarily mean your braces are broken or ill-fitting. However, Dr. Maurice Firouz says that if you continue to experience pain in your teeth, mouth or jaw, call your orthodontist immediately.

Don’t wait.

If you are an orthodontic patient and you think you’re experiencing a problem with your braces, waiting for your next appointment with your orthodontist may do more harm than good in the progress of straightening your smile. Don’t wait. Call Dr. Maurice Firouz and the team at Firouz Orthodontics near Beverly Hills, CA at: (310) 447-5790

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Changes in appearance may be a contributing factor that cause adults in Los Angeles, CA to choose NOT to get traditional braces. Dr. Maurice Firouz and the team at Firouz Orthodontics know that adults who delay necessary orthodontic treatment may be damaging their mouth and negatively affecting their overall health.

Traditional braces (metal braces) are very visible and may cause problems when talking, laughing, and when “saying ‘Cheese!’”. Dr. Firouz has a solution; get fitted for clear braces! Invisalign brand clear aligners are a new and improved way for adults to treat their misaligned teeth and jaws.

What are clear braces?

Clear braces are made of clear ceramic materials, and they attach to the teeth in the same way that traditional metal braces do. Clear braces do require a bit more care due to their more fragile nature. But the low-visibility nature of this treatment option appeals to adults who are avoiding orthodontic care because of the appearance of metal braces.

What are the advantages of clear braces?

Clear braces offer many advantages over other orthodontic treatment systems such as Invisalign clear plastic tray aligners. Clear braces provide an invisible way to correct several different types of severe or complex orthodontic issues. Patients being treated with clear braces will be guaranteed to complete their treatment on time and with exceptional results. Clear braces are also a great alternative to traditional braces because they have fewer metal parts, so they are less likely to cause painful poking or irritation.

How much do clear braces cost?

Clear braces can range in price. The cost of orthodontic treatment with clear braces in Los Angeles, CA is often comparable to treatment with traditional metal braces. Dr. Firouz works with his patients to customize orthodontic treatment plans that address price, length of treatment, and insurance coverage options. The team at Firouz Orthodontics participate with several popular insurance plans and can offer their patients different payment options.

How can I get clear braces?

Are you interested in learning more about clear braces? If you think clear braces may be the right option for you, Firouz Orthodontics is a trusted provider of clear braces in Los Angeles, CA. Contact Dr. Maurice Firouz and the team at Firouz Orthodontics in Los Angeles, CA at: 310.447.5790

Firouz Orthodontics
(Maurice Firouz, DDS)

Address: 11645 Wilshire Blvd Suite 1060
Los Angeles, CA 90025

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