Orthodontics in Laguna Hills
Boost your confidence with a beautiful, straight smile
Straightening your teeth not only boosts your confidence but it helps promote good health by preventing issues such as gum disease, jaw joint troubles, tooth decay, chewing difficulties, and speech problems.
Dr. Lee is our orthodontist at Saddleback Dentistry. He has completed many years of advanced education and holds a Master of Science in Orthodontics. He has over a decade of experience as an orthodontist, including six years as a general dentist, and he has treated over 1,000 orthodontics cases.
Dr. Lee is not only very skilled, but he really cares about his patients. He strives to make getting braces a fun experience and to form relationships with his patients and their families.
How orthodontics can help your child or teen
Dr. Lee enjoys working with young patients to give them a healthy, beautiful smile. A straight smile can do wonders for your child’s self-esteem, and with clear orthodontic options such as Invisalign, your child can straighten their teeth without people noticing they have braces.
Not only does straightening your child’s teeth improve the aesthetic quality of their smile, but it can help them prevent dental health problems. Crooked teeth are more difficult to clean, which means your child may be more prone to gum disease and tooth decay. Misaligned jaws can lead to chewing difficult, headaches, and other jaw (TMJ) issues.
Orthodontic treatment for adults
It’s common to picture teenagers when you think of orthodontic treatment, but in fact many adults straighten their teeth, which can greatly improve their oral health and bite alignment.
The average treatment time for adults varies. It usually takes about two years with traditional braces and a year to 18 months with Invisalign to straighten your smile.
For adults, the appearance of braces may be a chief concern. Dr. Lee offers Invisalign clear aligners as well as clear brackets as more aesthetic alternatives to traditional metal braces.
Your teeth straightening options
We offer several options for straightening your teeth, including traditional metal braces, Invisalign and ClearCorrect invisible braces. Dr. Lee will help you find the orthodontic option that best fits your needs, goals and budget.
Traditional metal and clear Braces
Traditional metal braces have been around for decades, and they are more comfortable and practical than ever in their design. The average treatment time for regular braces is 1 to 3 years. This tried-and-true orthodontic method produces excellent results. Dr. Lee offers an option of clear ceramic brackets for a more invisible treatment.
Limited Orthodontic Treatment
Limited orthodontic treatment (also known as limited, partial, interceptive or Phase I treatment) is used to correct a problem with just one or a few teeth, or to help handle a developing problem. It can be an effective solution for patients who don’t have all of their permanent teeth or who need only a few teeth moved (such as the lower anterior, or bottom front, teeth).
In the future, other orthodontic work may be necessary, especially with children, once all of their permanent teeth have erupted.
Invisalign clear teeth aligners
Invisalign is a virtually invisible orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear, plastic aligners to straighten your teeth. It is a comfortable, convenient alternative to regular metal braces, without metal brackets, wires, or rubber bands.
Dr. Lee is an Invisalign Premier Preferred Provider, which means that he completes extensive continuing education Invisalign classes every year and has treated a significant number of patients—hundred of cases —with Invisalign.
Dr. Lee will come up with a precise treatment plan. About every two weeks, you’ll change out your Invisalign aligner for a new one, which will continue to gently move your teeth into their correct, final position. Dr. Lee can meet with you and let you know if you are a candidate for Invisalign clear teeth straightening.
To make an appointment, call 949-393-5905 or click here to request an appointment online.