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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Orthodontics

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When choosing a family dentist, Santa Monica offers many choices. We want you to feel confident in the choice to trust your family's smiles to the Vision Dental team.

Asking questions is a natural part of the process of choosing your dentist, and we are here to help in any way we can. If your question is not listed here, the fastest way to get an answer is to pick up the phone and call. One of our friendly team members will be happy to help.


A Proactive Approach to Your Child's Healthlittle girl running | Santa Monica CA Dentist

At Vision Dental, we like to take a proactive approach to all types of dentistry, orthodontic care included. We recommend that your child has his or her first orthodontic evaluation by the age of seven years. While this may seem early, it actually affords us the opportunity to intervene while your child is still growing, which may eliminate the need for teeth extractions or other additional work to straighten teeth. Your child’s jaws, bones, and teeth are more resilient before they completely develop.

A Treatment Plan for Every Child

Not every child will need early intervention orthodontics, but if your child could benefit from space maintainers, two-phase treatment, or any other type of treatment that can assist in their oral development, we will discuss the options with you so that you can make an informed choice regarding the health of your child’s smile. We are always happy to answer questions and go over your child’s treatment so you feel confident in your decision. Our dentists are supportive and knowledgeable about orthodontics at all life stages.

Contact Our 90403 Dental Clinic

We love treating children and have dedicated a significant portion of our practice to providing the type of care that allows them to have a healthy foundation for a lifelong beautiful smile. Contact us with questions or to schedule an appointment.

Retainers Are An Essential Part of Treatmentretainer | santa monica ca orthodontic

Whether you are considering orthodontics or just completed your treatment, it is important to know that wearing a retainer is an essential part of your treatment. We will recommend retainer use based on your personal orthodontic situation and go over how to best use your retainer toward the end of your treatment. We have a choice of retainers for you to choose from and feel confident that you will find one that works for you.

Protect Your Smile

Since you made an investment in your smile, protecting it is important. Failure to wear a retainer can result in orthodontic relapse. This means that after orthodontic treatment, your teeth begin to drift back out of alignment. If they drift too far, your retainer will no longer fit.

You might be surprised to discover how quickly your teeth begin to move. Even forgetting your retainer for a day or so can negatively impact your smile. That is why it is so important that you reach out to our Santa Monica dental office if you lose or break your retainer. We can arrange a replacement so that your beautiful new smile stays that way.

Contact Our 90403 Dental Clinic

Contact Vision Dental today with all of your questions regarding orthodontics and retainer use. We are always here to help.

Board Certified Orthodontist | Nicole Cheng | Santa Monica, CANo. An orthodontist can practice if they have a license.

Currently, only about one-third of all orthodontists (including Dr. Nicole Cheng) have undergone the additional rigors necessary to achieve board certification.

Being Certified

This means that achieving board certification with the American Board of Orthodontics represents a significant achievement beyond the usual two or three years required to specialize in orthodontics.

A board-certified orthodontist has demonstrated actual patient care accomplishments, providing detailed case reports on the treatment they have proposed and provided for a wide range of orthodontic issues.

The Credentials Received

Since board-certification is a voluntary achievement, most orthodontists do not choose to pursue it. The certification process includes a thorough interview and examination by a highly respected panel in which the applicant’s orthodontic knowledge, clinical skill, and judgment are tested.

Call Our Santa Monica Dental Clinic

Do you want to learn more about the orthodontics we offer at our Santa Monica dental clinic? Please contact Vision Dental Montana for more information. We look forward to hearing from you. 

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