Braces in Palo Alto

At Merna Tajaddod Orthodontics in Palo Alto, CA, we provide braces for children and teenagers. Although the ideal age for braces is between 9 and 14, we also offer adult braces because you’re never too old to benefit from straightening your teeth.

Understanding How Braces Work

Braces are dental tools used to correct problems with teeth, including crowding and misalignment. As you wear braces, they straighten and align your teeth to give you a normal bite.

There are many types of braces, including the following:

Metal Braces
Lingual Braces
Ceramic Braces
Clear Aligners

The type of braces that will work best for each person depends on their dental concern, the age of the person, the budget, and other factors. Braces can be made specifically for children, teens, or adults. Aside from giving you the unblemished smile you want, braces offer numerous other benefits.

Braces can help promote oral health. Crooked teeth make it easy for food to get stuck in crevices that you have trouble reaching with a toothbrush or while flossing. These particles of food attract bacteria that can lead to gum disease and tooth decay.

Braces can also promote better digestion. They help fix gaps between teeth, making chewing more efficient. When you break food up into smaller pieces, you can digest it more easily.

They can also improve speech. The way your tongue moves against your teeth can have an impact on the way you speak, so having crooked or uneven teeth can be a problem. Braces can help resolve this issue.

Braces for Teens

Around the age of 12, teens have most or all of their permanent teeth in place. It can become obvious if there are gaps, if there is crowding, if the bite is not aligned correctly, or if there are any other issues.

During the teenage years, it can be helpful to take advantage of growth spurts to shape how teeth sit.

The most common options for braces for teens are metal braces and clear aligners.

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Braces for Adults

Adults can also get braces to help fix crooked teeth, crowded teeth, and bite issues. It can take braces longer to fix these issues in adults than in teenagers because teeth have settled into place already and are not easily manipulated.

Many times, adults hesitate to get braces because they assume that all braces are the highly visible metal variety, but that’s not the case. There are many other options, including those that are almost invisible, like Invisalign, or that we can place behind your teeth.

With more efficient, less noticeable, and more comfortable braces, people of all ages can reap their benefits. We even offer hybrid braces to give you the exact results you want.

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Turn to the Experts

Whether you’re an adult or a teen, you can turn to Merna Tajaddod Orthodontics in Palo Alto to help you achieve the results you want. We treat people of all ages. In 2022, our youngest patient was 5, while our oldest patient was 79.

At Merna Tajaddod Orthodontics in Palo Alto, we treat complex cases without tooth extractions so that you can achieve the smile you have always wanted.

Many members of our staff have been with the practice for more than a decade, offering help to the residents of Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Los Altos, Sunnyvale, and Redwood City in California. Contact us today to learn more.

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Merna Tajaddod Orthodontics

4157 El Camino Way, Suite A
Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 854-8888
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