How We Move Them
At 360 Orthodontics, Dr. Partovi offers the full range of orthodontic treatments – expertly moving your teeth in a way that fits your lifestyle and unique needs. Luckily the teeth are not growing directly out of the jaw bones; otherwise there would be no way of correcting crooked or misaligned teeth. Each tooth is anchored to the bone by a sling-like ligament made of collagen. The ligament allows some movement in the socket while keeping the tooth in place.
When braces are fitted, the orthodontist has to assess the best way to direct the force created by the arch wire part of the braces. The skill that he or she does this is reflected in how comfortable the process is and the final result.
Constant gentle pressure
Los Angeles orthodontist Dr. Mahtab Partovi has placed thousands of braces and knows how important it is to get the amount and direction of pressure perfectly balanced. Otherwise unnecessary pain is caused by trying to move the teeth too quickly.
The ligament sling holding the tooth is capable of some movement to accommodate the act of eating. Foods have different degrees of chewing difficulty. Teeth are able to handle the different forces necessary to eating dense foods like steak or apples without being dislocated from the socket due to the flexibility of the ligament.
Periodic adjustment of pressure
Changing the location and position of misaligned teeth requires light and constant force being placed on the teeth to allow them to move into a better position. To allow the teeth to move permanently, the bone surrounding the tooth reorganizes so that when the teeth are in the improved position, they will remain in place.
As the process continues, patients return to Dr. Partovi for periodic adjustments to the tension on the braces. This process takes about two years and once completed, the teeth are straightened, and any other issues such as rotated teeth are also corrected. Usually a retainer is worn for approximately 6 months following removal of the braces to ensure all bone reorganization is completed.
One of the most popular orthodontic treatments, traditional braces are made of high-grade stainless steel, 24-karat gold or clear porcelain, and they come in a variety of shapes and designs.
An extremely popular option, lingual braces are attached to the inside surfaces of the teeth, making them virtually invisible from the outside. As such, they’re an excellent choice for both teen and adult patients who desire a more discreet way to straighten their teeth.
Teens love Invisalign because it lets them lead their lives freely – playing sports, hanging out with friends and dating – without worrying about their looks. It’s the ideal choice for teens who want to achieve a straight and beautiful smile, but don’t want to be held back by traditional metal braces.
By far one of our most popular treatment options, Invisalign allows you to straighten your teeth in the most discreet way possible. It’s the ideal choice for adults who want to achieve a healthy and beautiful smile, without having to worry about their appearance.
The Partovi Method allows patients to enjoy the benefits of a smooth, seamless smile during Invisalign without any visible signs of ugly attachments on their teeth. Dr. Partovi is the only Orthodontist to use this truly Invisalign approach. Patients have been able to achieve straighter teeth without anyone noticing.