"Dr. Norena and his staff have taken wonderful care of our boys. Everyone in the office is knowledgeable, helpful and very friendly"

John Cred
Servicios

Como una práctica centrada en el paciente ofrecemos:

  • Total dedicación al más alto nivel de atención para nuestros pacientes con personal eficiente y amable. Asistentes de ortodoncia certificados que han estado con el Dr. Noreña por más de 10 años.
  • Una oficina completamente equipada, impecablemente limpia y moderna.
  • Nuestra evaluación de ortodoncia gratuita junto con un diagnóstico completo, le proporcionará al paciente diferentes alternativas de tratamiento y le responderá cualquier pregunta que tenga.
  • Un tratamiento de primera y diferentes opciones de pago para elegir.
  • Nuestro dedicado laboratorio con técnicas artísticas nos ofrece los mejores aparatos de ortodoncia personalizados.

Services:

  • Orthodontics for Children and Adults
  • Complimentary Consultation
  • Treatment of early orthodontic problems
  • Tooth whitening
  • Invisalign

FAQs

What Can Orthodontics Do For Your Child?

Orthodontics treatment offers the opportunity to have the best look and function today and in the future. It will enable your child to go into every situation with the “best face forward.”

Improving appearances is only one aim of orthodontics. Its primary concern is promoting good oral health by straightening crowded, easy-to-decay teeth. Crowded teeth tend to have more cavities because there are food traps and are harder to keep clean.

Orthodontic treatment relieves extra strain on gums and bones created when teeth do not meet properly. Such strain may lead to gum disease, called pyorrhea or periodontal disease, which is a major cause of tooth loss.

Also, treatment promotes good digestion by properly aligning teeth to chew correctly. Thus, orthodontic treatment leads not only to better dental health but to better nutrition and general bodily health as well.

It is heartwarming to parent and orthodontist to see a child’s self-consciousness disappear as orthodontic treatment brings teeth, jaws, lips and face into proportion.

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Can You Tell if Your Child Needs Treatment?

In general, crowded, unevenly spaced, protruding or rotated teeth, and occasionally, mouth breathing or bleeding gums are signs that help is needed.

Orthodontics is needed if a child's teeth do not fit together properly when the mouth is closed, or if any of the following are present:

  • Lower teeth bite outside the upper teeth
  • Front teeth do not meet when back teeth meet
  • Teeth do not chew properly
  • Lips don't come together normally
  • The mouth is usually open
  • The child breathes trough the mouth

If your child is self conscious about having a prominent tooth or having too much space between the front teeth, corrective treatment should also be considered.

In every case, your orthodontist's opinion should guide you in your decision to undertake orthodontic care.

Orthodontic treatment is in no way a substitute for general dental care. Regular visits to your dentist are encouraged and remain as important as ever.

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What About Taking Out Teeth?

Most frequently, no teeth need to be removed. At other times, tooth removal may be necessary in order to correct the problems. You can rely on our office to chart the best course for you.

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What Kind of "Braces" Will Your Child Have?

Custom-made appliances or 'braces" are chosen according to the problem being treated. They may be "removable" of "fixed" (cemented). They may be made of metal, plastic, ceramic or combinations of these materials. All appliances have one aim – to use gentle pressure to move teeth into their proper positions. Under this pressure, the body builds up new supporting tissue to maintain the improved position of the teeth. Years of specialized training and experience give the orthodontist the skill to handle tooth movement properly.

A correctly fitted appliance, carefully cemented into place, does not harm the teeth in any way. Before orthodontic treatment starts, all cavities should be filled. During orthodontic treatment, the patient must brush and floss his/her teeth regularly and avoid sticky candy, gum or hard foods.

First visits (when appliances are put on) may take several long appointments which require time off from school. (Schools will cooperate with this procedure.) Some appointments may be scheduled after school, while other appointments take more time will be scheduled during school hours. Since most patients are of school age, the appointment times will be rotated to treat everyone fairly.

 

What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the science of moving living teeth in living tissue – bringing irregular, improperly placed teeth back into positions intended by nature. It is commonly called "straightening teeth."

There are many causes for misplaced teeth (malocclusion). A child may inherit form one parent a jaw too small to accommodate the large teeth inherited from the other parent. The teeth may then become crowded or overlap. Other malocclusions may be due to early loss of a baby tooth, thumb sucking that continues after infancy, lip and tongue habits, birth injuries and accidents.

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What is the Best Age for Treatment?

Each problem determines its own best starting time. In some cases, children with only baby teeth may require orthodontic intervention.

If you have a question – at any stage – it's best to check with your orthodontist right away. It may save time and money now and dental problems later in life.

Remember that very few children have a prefect bite. In many cases, your orthodontist will advise against treating some minor irregularities or will recommend treatment at a later age. In fact, many adults are being treated for orthodontic problems that were not corrected in childhood.

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What Happens at the First Appointment?

After getting acquainted, the orthodontist will examine your child's teeth, tongue and lips, face muscles, and speech. He can usually tell at the first examination if there is a problem that should be treated, approximately how much of an investment will be involved.

However, before making a final determination, we will need x-rays of the teeth and head, photographs, and impressions of the teeth for making study models. These "diagnostic aids," as they are called, then become the textbook of your child's case. After studying them, the orthodontist can tell more accurately what result to expect. Sometime diagnostic aids can be prepared on the first visit.

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What will Orthodontic Treatment Cost?

You will want to discuss treatment costs freely and frankly. The length of treatment time and the nature of treatment are major factors in determining the fee.

Of course other cases are less severe and hence less costly; just as other may require several different stages of treatment, or are more complicated in other ways – and thus more costly. You can usually arrange finances on a convenient basis, with an initial payment and monthly installments.

A lifelong investment in yourself!

Many employer-provided benefit plans now include orthodontics, which helps patients off set the cost of treatment.

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What About Patient Responsibility?

Successful orthodontic treatment requires more than the orthodontist's skill. It requires cooperation among patient, parent and orthodontist. Certain phases of orthodontic treatment are impossible unless the patient diligently follows instructions such as wearing elastics or removable appliances. Teeth and gums must be brushed and flossed carefully and frequently during orthodontic treatment. Broken or cancelled appointments during orthodontic care may prolong treatment and have a detrimental effect upon the results.

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Before and After

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