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Orthodontics – Braces & Clear Aligners

Affordable Orthodontic Treatment at Carson & Carson, DDS

Find affordable braces & invisalign treatments at Oxnard dentist Carson & Carson, DDS.Braces on teeth

Your smile is often the first thing someone remembers & having misaligned or crooked teeth can negatively impact both your health and your image. Creating beautiful smiles is our #1 priority for our patients when it comes to braces and orthodontics. At Carson & Carson, DDS we offer orthodontics services such as Invisalign and braces at the most competitive prices in Ventura County. If you are interested in an affordable set of Clear Aligners or Braces from an Oxnard Dentist with over 45 years of experience, call us today at (805) 983-0717.

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Braces: The First Line of Defense Against Crooked Teeth

We offer many types of braces as a form of treatment at Carson & Carson, DDS. Traditional braces are the go-to option for fixing a variety of Orthodontic problems. They function through a system of wires and brackets that are adjusted every 4-6 weeks to gradually increase the effect of the braces and the pressure caused by the increasing tightness slowly shifts the position of your teeth. If you are looking for a quicker solution than having braces for a couple of years, check out our Invisalign page.

Common Orthodontic Cases That We Treat:

Smile with bracesMissing Teeth: Missing permanent teeth are a critical issue to deal with because other teeth tend to do drift into the empty spaces that are left by these missing teeth. Braces are a potential solution that can correct the clefts that are left in between your teeth. Cross Bites: When the jaw is misaligned to the left or the right, this can create what is called a Cross Bite. A Cross Bite is a lateral, or side to side, misalignment of the teeth that can result in difficulty chewing & speaking properly. Impacted/Blocked Out Teeth: Teeth that get blocked from erupting out of the gums. These teeth can create bad breath, irregular tastes, or even pain when chewing or opening mouth. Additionally, they can cause painful swelling in the gums that may have more serious consequences to your health. Crowding: This is when there is not enough room within the jaws to fit all teeth normally, but braces can help in creating the necessary space for teeth to grow in properly. Spacing: Excessive space in between teeth causing gaps. Braces are an ideal solution for correcting the improper spacing between teeth. Malocclusion: The improper alignment of teeth. This issue can be detrimental to your oral health if not corrected, but it can be remedied with orthodontic treatment. Pediatric Dentistry: Our team is fully qualified to provide the best quality orthodontic care for children.

What Misaligned Teeth Can Do To Your Smile

Many of the consequences of leaving your teeth misaligned can cause serious issues with your health. Crooked teeth are harder to clean which results in more cavities and dental costs down the road to restore your smile. Misaligned teeth can hinder your ability to chew and speak properly, or even cause the loss of other teeth. With misaligned teeth, you are more likely to suffer from:

  • Gum Disease
  • Chronic Jaw, Back, or Neck pain
  • Improper contact of teeth resulting in improper function of chewing
  • Speech being affected negatively – Certain words and letters can be much harder to pronounce with a crooked set of chompers
  • Tooth Decay/Loss – Crooked teeth can have surfaces that are much harder to clean and may result in tooth loss altogether
  • A less attractive smile
  • Various Dental Emergencies

Before and After Braces

With over 45 years of experience serving Oxnard, our orthodontics team is committed to solving issues such as: Missing teeth, Cross Bites, Impacted/blocked teeth, Malocclusion, Crowding/Spacing issues, and Pediatric issues. At Carson & Carson DDS, we offer the finest grade dental materials and services in Ventura County! Visit us at Carson & Carson, DDS, the Oxnard dentistry that you can rely on during a dental emergency.

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Braces Before and After

Traditional Metal Braces before and after Smile transformation before and after braces

This patient’s palette was far too small to fit all of his teeth. Braces were used to create the proper space.

What To Expect When Getting Braces:

Ceramic Braces Before & After The process of installing braces begins with the attachment of metal brackets to the front or back of your teeth, connection of the brackets via metal wire, and attachment of the wire to the brackets via elastic rubber bands. Keep in mind, it is important to have teeth that are clean before the installation of braces because it is much more difficult to cement braces to dirty teeth. After installation or an adjustment, braces can be mildly discomforting as they exert pressure on your teeth to change the spacing/orientation of these teeth, but the sensitivity should only last a few days at most. The average time you may have braces is between 1.5 – 3 years, but the expected timeline is case specific based on your personal diagnosis.

Cost of Braces in California

Getting braces or clear aligners in California can cost around $5,000, but the good news is that your dental insurance may cover most of the cost. At Carson & Carson, we also offer payment plants & financing through Care Credit, so you don’t have to pay the entire cost upfront. Contact Us For More Information

Alternative Orthodontic Treatments

Invisalign braces Alternatively, we also offer Ceramic Braces which are functionally identical to traditional braces, but clear colored so they’re less noticeable. Our third available option for treatment is the Invisalign or ClearCorrect CAD/CAM Clear Aligners which are a custom-made mouth piece that straightens teeth whilst being almost invisible. Aligners are the potentially quickest and least intrusive option as they are a removable mouth piece rather than a full installation of braces onto your teeth & tend to cost nearly the same as traditional braces. To find out more about how clear aligners offer a more comfortable, aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional braces, check out our page on Invisalign.

Set of Clear Aligners

All About Orthodontic Braces & Clear Aligners

If you’re considering getting orthodontic braces, clear aligners, or both, there are some essential facts you should know before making the decision to get your teeth straightened out. This FAQ guide will answer your most pressing questions and help determine if orthodontic braces or clear aligners are the best options for your mouth. We’ll also review how long each orthodontic braces treatment process takes and discuss the treatment options for older patients and children. Our goal is to cover everything related to braces and clear aligners in one place so that you don’t have to do all the research on your own.

Is it Safe to Get Braces?

Yes, orthodontic braces are a safe and common form of dental treatment. One way is that you will be given braces or clear aligner trays to wear that gradually move your teeth into the desired position. We can only guarantee the safety of this procedure if you follow instructions from your dentist or orthodontist when attending all your appointments. Braces and clear aligners are customized based on an individual’s needs, so there may not be a one-size-fits-all answer to some of your questions, but we hope you find our guide helpful!

Does it Hurt to Get Braces?

The process of getting braces or clear aligners is mainly painless. You may feel a pinch when the doctor places the brackets on, but it should typically go away pretty quickly. Some people experience soreness in their gums, but again, this is short-lived. The discomfort associated with orthodontic treatment is usually due to the pressure from tightening wires and brackets over time. Should the pain persist or become worse, we recommend contacting your dentist right away, before it persists.

Will Braces Fix My Over or Underbite?

Will braces absolutely fix my bite 100%? The answer is not always. If your bite is too far out of alignment to be corrected by a minor adjustment, you may need jaw surgery or orthognathic surgery. Your dentist will assess the severity of the problem and provide you with the best treatment option. Treatment times vary depending on the complexity of your case. Be sure to discuss all potential risks with your dentist before agreeing to any procedure.

How Long Will I Have to Wear My Braces?

There are different braces and clear aligners, each with its own duration and timeframe. After putting braces on your teeth, you will need to wear them for a while before removing them. The average time is 24-36 months, but it can vary depending on the type of braces and the severity of your case. Depending on what kind of treatment you decide to get for your teeth, the length of time will differ.

What Happens When I Take Off My Braces or Clear Aligners?

When you take them off, your teeth will be sore. Make sure to brush and floss before you put the aligners back in. You can wear the clear aligners while eating or drinking (make sure not to bite down), but if it starts feeling uncomfortable or irritates your gums, take it out and put it back in when you feel better. If this continues for a few days, consult your orthodontist about the issues that are occurring.

Are Orthodontic Braces Worth it?

The short answer is yes, in most cases. As a general rule, we recommend braces for young adults with crowded teeth or gaps between them that are big enough to be corrected by braces. We recommend clear aligners for adults who want to fix minor spacing issues between their teeth or those who want to select any minor alignment issues with their teeth but don’t need major work done. Adults should also consult with an orthodontist before deciding because there may be a better option than clear aligners or braces. If you’re getting your first set of braces and you’re not sure how long they’ll take, remember this: Braces will take about two years to straighten out your teeth. Even though the treatment time may seem long, the results will last for many years after, and be that blessing you’ve always wished for.

Braces & Clear Aligners – An Affordable Option for a Straighter Smile

At Carson & Carson, we offer the most competitive prices for orthodontics in Ventura County. Have your orthodontic treatment planned out by one of the most experienced dental teams in California. If you are suffering from teeth misalignment or general dental discomfort, make an appointment at our Oxnard office today at (805) 983-0717. Since 1972, we have offered our affordable dental services to Oxnard, Camarillo, Ventura, Thousand Oaks, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Westlake Village, Malibu, and the greater Los Angeles area. We also offer 24/7 availability for emergency dental treatment. Find a dentist near me.

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Reviews

Lamont Yvon
22:50 15 Mar 18
I have had a lot of procedures including 8 implants. There is no better dentist office than Carson and Carson. Dr. Derek Carson (the son of Dr. Leroy Carson) is FANTASTIC! He has learned well from his father (who still works there). Papa is the MAN!, and has been for years. Insane amount of knowledge. The Doctors are THE BEST! The support staff is fun and professional always. I will never go anywhere else.
Laura Lassiter
18:32 15 Mar 18
The BEST dental office in Ventura County!! Super friendly staff, easy to schedule appts, no issues with insurance processing, and Dr. Carson makes sure you are always comfortable and pain-free when getting any work done. I've been a patient for over 7 years now and I couldn't be happier! I highly recommend!
Ivon valdez
18:13 18 Mar 18
Great office...great dentist ....great staff...very kind and helpful .....
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