Braces Specialist

The Dental Smile Center

General Dentist located in Van Nuys, CA

Whether you’re 15 or 50, it’s never too late to straighten your teeth. The world of orthodontics has come a long way, and now there are multiple options for correcting misaligned teeth. Dr. Idan Snapir, at The Dental Smile Center, has years of experience and orthodontic solutions for every member of your family. Call for your consultation today.

Braces Q & A

Should I do something about my crooked teeth?

Even slightly crooked teeth can present a risk to the teeth around them. If there is space, your other teeth can shift and loosen. Straightening your teeth, and correcting an underbite or overbite can all help correct speech impediments.


What are my options to straighten my teeth?

Traditional braces: 
These have long been used to straighten teeth because they work. These braces involve the use of metal brackets, wires and bands to straighten your teeth through monthly adjustments. Traditional braces will also require the wearing of a retainer throughout the process.

They may present a short time of discomfort and affect your desire to smile, but they offer a lifetime of benefits to your teeth and a beautiful smile as a result

Mini braces: 
Mini braces may also be an option for straightening your teeth and resolving underbite and overbite conditions. Mini braces are about the same as traditional braces, just 30% smaller.

The length of treatment for braces is completely related to the amount of movement needed to correct your condition.

Are there any alternatives to metal braces?

One such alternative is InvisalignⓇ aligners. These almost invisible aligners are ideal for both teenagers and adults. The aligners are removable for eating and cleaning your teeth, so they help, reduce the buildup of plaque.

Invisalign aligners are designed to adjust your teeth in stages. With the use of a computer program, the aligners are created to take you from your starting point to straight teeth in six to 24 months depending on your need for correction. Worn for approximately 22 hours a day with time out for eating and cleaning, each clear aligner is worn for two weeks, and then a new aligner is used to continue your corrections.

Dr. Snapir is an authorized supplier of Invisalign aligners and will discuss the process and length of your treatment and any other dental health concerns you may have.