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Why Orthodontics is Necessary?

As a Lake Forest dentist, we find that many children suffer from overcrowding issues, creating the need for orthodontics. This can happen as a result of losing teeth before they are ready to come out. Whether due to an accident or a lack of oral hygiene, when a baby tooth falls out prematurely, the teeth around it can move into the open space. This can cause the shape of the palate to change, and when the adult tooth is ready to come in, there is no room for it. In the past, many people had their teeth pulled in order to make space for all of their teeth where now, we can create a space using a variety of treatment methods.

At Dr. Daisy Alvarenga DDS, we also treat patients throughout the Lake Forest area that need orthodontics due to their jaw being out of place. This can make it painful to speak, chew, and even open your mouth. When the bite is off, many people find simple daily activities uncomfortable and seek treatment, as a result. In other cases, we provide solutions for teeth that have grown in crookedly, even if there was enough space for them. Fortunately, orthodontic treatment can resolve all of these issues.


If you are considering straightening your teeth, there are several ways to do so but the concept is virtually the same regardless of which solution you select. In order to move teeth into position, pressure has to be consistently applied. Teeth cannot be forced into place immediately; rather, there must be slow and consistent pressure in order to ensure that they move without being damaged. Typically, pressure is not applied to all of the teeth at the same time but specific teeth are targeted for movement then an adjustment is made to apply additional force to a different tooth or teeth, while holding the other ones in place. This is necessary for ensuring that each tooth moves into the appropriate position.

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When treating patients throughout Lake forest we are cognizant of the importance of continued oral health care and recommend that patients do a thorough job of brushing and flossing their teeth while continuing to have their teeth cleaned professionally. This will decrease the risk of cavities and gum disease while receiving orthodontic care. Once the procedure is over, most patients are required to wear a retainer. Children that straighten their teeth typically only need to wear a retainer for a couple of years where adults often find themselves wearing a retainer for life. Ongoing retention ensures that teeth do not move back into their previous position – a risk with any orthodontics treatment.


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Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are still an excellent way to straighten teeth, and if you would like more information, we invite you to call (949)340-0266 to schedule a consultation. Technology has improved braces to where the brackets and wires are smaller than they once were. This has made braces more comfortable and less conspicuous at the same time. Simultaneously, smaller brackets mean that there are fewer opportunities for food to become stuck or for awkward photos. This is the best solution for children and at Impladent Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry we highly recommend considering orthodontics as early as seven, though the actual start time depends on the child and their teeth.

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Clear Aligners

We work with patients throughout the Lake Forest area that are interested in straightening their teeth but (949)340-0266 do not like the look or feel of traditional braces. In this case, clear aligners can accomplish the same or similar goals without making it obvious. Both Invisalign® and ClearCorrect® use aligners to straighten teeth and with consistent pressure applied, teeth will gradually move into position as they do when wearing braces. The aligners themselves look like full, clear retainers and are meant to be worn for around 22 hours per day. This is why many patients in Anaheim prefer aligners – they can be taken out at any time.

Do you need an Orthodontist?

There are various specialties within dentistry, with some dentist specializing in treating either different fields in dentistry. Additionally, dentofacial orthopedics is an area of orthodontic care that involves more surgical elements in order to correct issues with the jaw or face. Overall, an orthodontist in California treats the position of teeth and the jaw and while doing so, is also changing the overall shape and appearance of a patient’s face. At Dr. Daisy Alvarenga DDS, we find that many of our patients are pleasantly surprised by how dramatically different they look once their treatment with braces is complete.

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Common Reasons Patients Need Dental Implants

1. If You Have Missing Teeth

If you are missing one tooth or several teeth, dental implants can be a great option (and a popular option) to solve your problem. A dental implant fills in the space where your gap is and looks natural like the rest of your smile, so you won’t have to worry about it looking fake or out of place compared.

2. If Your Tooth Is Infected And Needs To Be Replaced

If your tooth is infected, it can either be saved with certain procedures or extracted. If your dentist diagnoses that the tooth can’t be saved, your tooth will need to be extracted. In that case, the dental implant will serve as your new tooth. It will be as strong and durable as your natural teeth.

3. If You Have Ill-Fitting Dentures

Unlike dentures, you will not have to fear that your dental implants may fall out while you are eating or laughing. The implants will look and feel like your natural teeth. There is no  reason to suffer with the many problems that loose dentures can pose.

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Dental Implants

We provide dental implants so that our patients can regain their self-confidence, improve their health, and approach life boldly.

Tooth Extractions

At Dr. Daisy P. Alvarenga. DDS, we perform a tooth extraction in the least invasive manner possible to shorten the recovery time.

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Teeth Whitening

If you live in Lake Forest or the local area, you can benefit from a teeth whitening procedure at our local dental office.

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Invisalign Dentist

Invisalign® is an excellent way to straighten your teeth and adults of all ages often prefer it over traditional metal braces.


While we understand that many people wait to seek dental care due to anxiety, time, or finances, we do not recommend it. Instead, we suggest that you schedule a dental exam at least once every six months, even if you are not experiencing any discomfort. Doing so will allow us to remove any plaque or bacteria that is on your teeth, ensure that you do not have any cavities that are forming, and prevent you from experiencing gum disease. Our goal is to treat you before you have any health issues, and a dental checkup allows us to do so. We welcome you to come in so that we can protect and improve your oral health.


Copyright by Dr. Daisy Alvarenga, DDS 2019. All rights reserved.

Copyright by Dr. Daisy Alvarenga, DDS 2019. All rights reserved.

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