Orthodontics Specialist

Ridgecrest Dentistry

Cosmetic & General Dentistry & Dental Implants located in Ridgecrest, CA

The right orthodontic treatment doesn’t just straighten and realign your teeth, it can improve your bite, your dental health, and the look and function of your smile. At Ridgecrest Dentistry in Ridgecrest, California, accomplished dentist Jong Gill Ahn, DDS, and the dental professionals have extensive knowledge and experience and provide convenient, safe, and effective teeth straightening methods. Ridgecrest Dentistry uses innovative and advanced technology and techniques to treat a range of dental concerns and facial irregularities. Call or click to schedule online.

Orthodontics Q&A

What is an orthodontist?

Orthodontists provide personalized, cosmetic, and highly specialized dentistry services to improve the functioning and aesthetics of your smile.

An orthodontist can:

  • Fix bad bites
  • Correctly align your jaws
  • Straighten or realign crooked or misaligned teeth

 
Orthodontics refers to the avenue of medicine that’s centered around straightening teeth, but orthodontists can also help with painful and misaligned bites, some forms of sleep apnea, and numerous other dental concerns.


How do general dentists and orthodontists differ?

General dentists and orthodontists are similar, but they work in different ways. Orthodontists treat a wide range of general oral health issues and orthodontists are dental specialists with a focus on certain issues, such as correcting improper bite patterns and straightening crooked teeth.

General dentists

A general dentist diagnoses and treats common dental problems and diseases affecting your teeth, mouth, and gums. Dentists are experts in general dental maintenance, hygiene, and care for all ages. 

General dentists can also offer certain cosmetic dental procedures, such as crowns, bridges, and teeth whitening.

Orthodontists

Orthodontists undergo specialized additional training in facial growth and development, orthodontics, and biology and biomechanics. Orthodontists are dental development and facial growth experts who can diagnose and treat bad bites, poorly aligned jaws, crooked teeth, and more.


What is an orthodontic consultation?

Your orthodontic consultation usually involves two parts.

First, Dr. Ahn or a dental hygienist takes X-rays, photographs, and digital scans or impressions of your teeth. Dr. Ahn carefully assesses the information to develop a clear picture of your overall dental health. Dr. Ahn evaluates your teeth, facial shape, gums, and bite.  

During the second part of your consultation, Dr. Ahn answers your questions and listens to and addresses your concerns. Dr. Ahn can explain orthodontic treatments in detail and create a personalized treatment plan. 

In many cases, Dr. Ahn might be able to fit your braces during your orthodontic consultation. Different types of braces must be fitted in different ways. For example, metal braces involve small metal brackets that Dr. Ahn carefully glues to your teeth and connects with a thin wire.

Ridgecrest Dentistry also offers other innovative teeth straightening options, such as ClearCorrect® teeth straightening involving the use of special clear aligners. ClearCorrect aligners are derived from a crack- and stain-resistant polyurethane material that’s near invisible, so it blends in with your natural teeth, offering more discretion.

Dr. Ahn has finished postgraduate training in orthodontics and has many years of experience in orthodontics. He’s successfully completed hundreds of clear aligner cases.

If you’re interested in unveiling how orthodontic treatments like ClearCorrect can beautify and enhance your smile, click or call Ridgecrest Dentistry today.