Orthodontics

Jaclyn Martinez, DDS

General Dentists & Family Dentists located in San Jose, CA

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that’s focused on straightening misaligned teeth. While many people have orthodontic work done in their teen years, orthodontics can benefit nearly anyone at any age. Jaclyn Martinez, DDS, offers the latest in orthodontic technology, including braces and Invisalign®, at her practice in San Jose, California. Schedule your first appointment online or over the phone to get started on a personalized orthodontic treatment plan today.

Orthodontics Q&A

What is orthodontics?

An orthodontist specializes in straightening misaligned teeth and bites. When teeth are crooked, they don’t fit together properly. Misalignments can impact the way you bite and chew, but they can also make it harder to keep your teeth clean.

Orthodontic dentistry moves your teeth into proper alignment. Orthodontics can include traditional metal braces, Invisalign, and custom retainers. 

Once your teeth are straight, Dr. Martinez may recommend retainers to ensure your teeth don’t become misaligned over time. Permanent retainers can be fixed to the backs of teeth, or removable retainers can be worn at night.

What imperfections can orthodontics fix?

The goal of orthodontics is to improve both the function and the appearance of your teeth. Orthodontics are commonly used to correct issues like:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite

Traditional braces move your teeth in two stages. Brackets are attached to the crowns of your teeth, and the crowns move into position, followed by their roots. However, with Invisalign, you can get straighter teeth without wearing metal braces.

What type of orthodontic treatment is right for me?

Everyone’s mouth is different, and Dr. Martinez offers customized orthodontic solutions for children, teens, and adults. She evaluates your teeth, taking digital X-rays and digital impressions to assess your needs. 

Traditional braces are an extremely effective treatment for serious malocclusions. If you have significantly misaligned teeth, braces can transform your smile in one to two years.

Invisalign is a convenient way to get a straighter smile. The system uses a series of clear aligners that you change every few weeks. Over a period of 12 to 18 months, your teeth are gently moved into place. 

Whatever type of orthodontic treatment is best for your mouth, Dr. Martinez guides you through your smile transformation. At each orthodontic appointment, she checks your progress and fine-tunes your treatment plan to help you achieve a perfect smile.

You don’t have to live with bothersome crooked teeth. Let Dr. Martinez help you find the right orthodontic treatment to give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Request a consultation online or over the phone to get started today.