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Orthodontics

Create a beautiful and healthy smile for a lifetime

Improve your smile’s overall appearance

Orthodontic treatment can help straighten teeth that are crooked or crowded and corrects bite alignment issues. Treatments include traditional or invisible braces or other orthodontic appliances to assist in the straightening of your teeth. Dr. Shawn Yu at Hidden Valley Dental Group offers several treatment options for patients. Contact us to determine which of these options might be right for you.
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About Orthodonics

We Offer Invisalign®

A clear alternative to braces

At Hidden Valley Dental Group, Dr. Yu offers clear Invisalign aligners to gently move your teeth into place. Invisalign aligners are smooth, custom-made plastic trays that you wear over your teeth. You can pop them out at mealtime and keep enjoying all your favorite foods. Then, every two weeks or so, you’ll get another set of aligners until your treatment plan is complete. Best of all, no one will know you’re wearing orthodontics until they notice the difference in your smile.

Call one of our offices to learn more about Invisalign aligners.

Why you might need orthodontic treatment

If your child experiences any of the following:

Difficulty in chewing or biting
Mouth breathing
Crowding, misplaced, protruding, or blocked-out teeth
Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or retrude
Speech difficulty
Problems resulting from biting into a cheek or the palate (roof of the mouth)
Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
A facial imbalance or asymmetry
Grinding or clenching of teeth


Appliances

An orthodontic appliance is prescribed based on a patient’s age and his or her teeth and jaw alignment needs. There is a wide range of available orthodontic appliances. Each appliance has several techniques for treatment use. While dental braces are the most universally known, only an Orthodontist can prescribe the appliance and restorative technique that is right for you.

Types of Braces

The most commonly known orthodontic treatment is braces: an orthodontic appliance used to straighten teeth and correct bad bites. Braces can be prescribed for teens, adults, and children who have permanent teeth. They may be used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliances prescribed to widen the palate or jaws or to shape the teeth and jaws. The average treatment time for braces is just over two years, but treatment time varies by the individual patient.

There are two major types of braces: fixed and removable. If you are a candidate for braces, our Orthodontist will recommend the type best suited for you.

Patient Experience

After reviewing your dental x-rays and performing a thorough exam of your teeth, gums, supporting bone structure, and any pre-existing dental work, our Orthodontist will recommend a treatment plan and answer your questions. If your agreed-upon treatment plan is for traditional braces:

• You and our Orthodontist will decide upon conventional or self-ligating braces

• Each tooth that will receive the brace has its front surface prepared so it can receive a bracket

• Bonding and composite material are used to hold the small metal bracket to the tooth

• A special light is projected onto the bracketed teeth to harden the composite material.

• Metal bands are placed on your first molar and archwires are threaded through the brackets

• If you receive conventional braces, either elastic or metal ligatures will be added. If you receive self-ligating braces, no ligatures are used.

During the first week after being fitted with braces, or after having your braces adjusted by the Orthodontist, your teeth may hurt.

This generally subsides within a week. Typically, discomfort can be managed with the use of an over-the-counter analgesic used according to the package label.

After the recommended treatment period, our Orthodontist will remove the braces and give you a retainer to wear for a prescribed time. The retainer helps keep your teeth from moving back to their original position.

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Hidden Valley Dental Group
General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry
Hidden Valley Dental Group
982 Hamner Avenue
Norco, CA 92860

Phone: (951) 736-8120

Email: [email protected]

Office Hours:
Monday 9:00AM – 6:00PM
Tuesday 9:00AM – 6:00PM
Wednesday 9:00AM – 6:00PM
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Saturday 9:00AM – 3:00PM
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