At the office of E. M. Makhoul, DDS, in Mission Viejo, orthodontic treatment can help correct a host of issues beyond straightening teeth, including correcting an overbite, under bite, and jaw pain. Patients with concerns such as gaps in their teeth and crooked teeth can visit Dr. Makhoul for orthodontic evaluations for adults and children as young as 6 years old!
In fact, it has been recommended by the American Association of Orthodontics that children get an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 8. We also believe that even though one can receive at any age, in order to achieve optimal dental health, it is important that treatment always be done at the earliest possible time.
We offer treatments in conventional braces as well as alternatives including Six Month Smiles and Invisalign®. If you are considering orthodontics, come see Dr. Makhoul for comfortable family dentistry: Call (949) 596-0296 for an evaluation at our Mission Viejo office.
Your Orthodontic Evaluation
A consultation with Dr. Makhoul will help determine whether treatment is needed, and, if so, the best method for your particular need. Even if your teeth appear straight, you may need treatment to fix underlying issues. Orthodontic treatment may be recommended for a various number of reasons, including:
- The improper positioning and alignment of teeth after eruption – this can cause overcrowding of teeth, or uneven spacing of teeth
- Protrusion of the lower jaw, or under bite
- Protrusion of the upper teeth, also known as overjet
- Having an overbite – where the upper front teeth extend over the lower front teeth when the mouth is closed.
Phases of Orthodontic Treatment
During the planning phase of the orthodontic treatment you will have a couple of appointments in which dental and medical evaluations will be done. Photographs and x-rays of the mouth will also be done, along with molds of the teeth. The bracesor aligners will then be designed, made and fitted by Dr. Makhoul
During this phase of the orthodontic treatment, you will be visiting our offices regularly for adjustments by Dr. Makhoul, and to ensure the treatment is being successful.
This last phase represent the successful completion of the orthodontic treatment. The appliances are removed and new appliances, usually retainers, are designed to maintain the changes recently made to your teeth.
For more information about orthodontic treatment, please call (949) 596-0296 or contact our practice online to schedule an evaluation. Dr. Makhoul is pleased to see patients from communities in and around Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, and more.