A great smile can be marred by crooked teeth, and misaligned mouth can cause trouble with your bite.  In some cases, the health of surrounding teeth may be affected.  Orthodontic treatment can repair these issues and bring teeth into the proper position.

There are several different choices for orthodontic treatments.  Most cases can be treated with traditional fixed-wire braces.  Fixed-wire braces can take as short as six to eight months to as long as several years to achieve the desired results depending on the severity of tooth crowding issue and what developmental stage of your teeth is currently in.  A careful evaluation of the teeth and their position is needed to ensure the teeth move into the correct position, and may require several adjustments to prevent unwanted changes or causing new malocclusion issues.  While it does take time, this conventional orthodontic treatment is safe and effective for both children and adult patients needing corrections.  Dr. Pham has had an extensive training and clinical experience in orthodontics and has been treating children and adult orthodontic cases over the years.

For some patients, the appearance of the metal brackets, the discomfort of the appliance, and the difficulties in keeping teeth healthy during treatment may deter them from this option.  At Harder Dental Corporation, we offer cosmetic options for these patients to help achieve straight teeth while staying comfortable and keeping the treatment discreet.  Here are other the options to straighten your teeth due to cosmetic concern, time of treatment and/or due to wrong bite or malocclusion issue beside conventional braces,




Invisalign offers clear, retainer-like orthodontic appliances to gently adjust the position of your teeth.  Each of the plastic aligners is worn for two weeks, gradually pushing your teeth into place.  The aligners are clear, making them practically invisible.

Because the Invisalign system is removable and not glued to your teeth, you avoid the difficulties with eating and oral hygiene associated with traditional metal brackets.  The aligners only push against one or two teeth at a time, ensuring that only the teeth that need adjusting are affected.

Drs. Harder, Pham, and associates have studied orthodontic techniques to better serve patients looking to try Invisalign to improve their smile.  Our Irvine dentists will work with you to get the results you want, showing you a computer generated mock up of where your teeth will be at the end of treatment and allowing you to make any changes before the aligners are made.  The Invisalign system is fast, and many patients finish their treatment much faster than with traditional methods.


Powerprox Six Month Braces


For many patients, wearing traditional metal braces for years at a time to get a straight smile is too much.  Six Month braces offer a fast and more affordable due to the short duration of treatment.  This orthodontic system uses much of the same technology made available in the orthodontic field that has been available for the past 20 years.  It takes elements of several kinds of treatments to create a faster but still effective alternative treatment method.

Powerprox Six Month Braces consist of orthodontic brackets and bands which are programmed to correct your smile in a shorter period of time compared to regular braces.  The high-tech archwire features shape memory.  No matter what distortion, twisting, or bending it experiences, the wire will return to its original shape, allowing it to continue moving your teeth to their new position without interference.  The main goal in Powerprox Six Month Braces is to mainly correct crowding and misalignment of your upper and or lower front teeth to instantly transform your smile to a more esthetically pleasing one in just six months.

The speed of the treatment time is not created by tightening the braces more than usual.  In fact, the treatment puts less pressure on the teeth. This prevents bruising the periodontal ligament so the correct alignment is achieved faster. Most cases are finished within 6 months.

No matter what style of orthodontic care is right for you, our office can help you get the straight, beautiful smile you deserve. Contact us to make an appointment for your orthodontic consultation today.

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