Braces / Orthodontics

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the dental specialty that focuses on the development, prevention, and correction of irregularities of the teeth, bite, and jaws. Dr. Hoang also has specialized training in facial abnormalities and disorders of the jaw. A patient may consult an Dr. Hoang to improve their physical "orofacial" appearance. The ADA recommends that every child receive an orthodontic evaluation by the age of seven.

Why choose orthodontic treatment?

Any orthodontic problem may be classified as a malocclusion, or "bad bite." The following problems may be helped or minimized with proper orthodontic treatment:

  • misaligned, crooked, or crowed teeth.
  • missing teeth.
  • extra teeth.
  • an overbite.
  • an underbite.
  • misaligned or incorrect jaw position.
  • a disorder of the jaw joint.

At what age do braces become appropriate?

Moving and correcting the alignment of the teeth follows the same biological and physical process no matter what the age. However, an adult mouth must overcome already-positioned facial bones and jaw structure. Thus, overcoming most types of malocclusions may require more than one type of orthodontic treatment for adults. In most cases, the ideal age for braces, and other orthodontic treatments, is between 10 and 14 years of age, although, persons of any age can benefit from treatment.

What are the different types of braces available at Radiant Smiles Dental Care of San Clemente?

Braces, also called fixed orthodontic appliances, generally come in three varieties:

  • brackets, metal or plastic, clear or tooth-colored, that are bonded to teeth.

All three types use wires to move the teeth to the desired position.

Invisalign is virtually an invisible way to straighten teeth without braces. Invisalign uses a series of clear removeable aligners to give you the smile you deserve.


Invisalign® invisible braces are a popular way to straighten your teeth in a discrete and efficient way. As a certified Invisalign® dentist, Dr. Hoang creates a computerized plan to align your teeth with a series of clear plastic trays. Its a great way to straighten your teeth if you cant or dont want to straighten your teeth with metal braces.

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