Do I Need Braces?


Nothing brings out confidence like a beautiful smile. A confident grin is a chance meeting that turns into an opportunity. It is also the difference between a scary first day of school and the chance to make lifetime friends. When smiles are less than perfect, it is time to visit an oral care professional.

Why Orthodontists are the Best Option for Treatment

A patient that goes to the dentist on a regular basis may be concerned when referred to an orthodontist for treatment, but even though both of these medical professionals have training and experience in oral diagnoses and treatment, there are some fundamental differences.


  • Train patients to use good dental hygiene
  • Diagnose and treat gum disease
  • Provide fillings, bridges, and crowns
  • Perform extractions
  • Provide some cosmetic procedures such as whitening and veneers


  • Straighten misaligned teeth
  • Correct spacing
  • Correct overbites and underbites
  • Correct disorders of the jaw

Orthodontists are dentists whose specialize in tooth alignment, so when these services are required, Nalchajian Orthodontics will provide the most comprehensive treatment and professional service available.

Braces Fill in the Gaps

Sometimes proper dental hygiene is not sufficient for a person to be pleased with the way they look when they communicate with others. There are some instances when braces are an appropriate treatment for both children and adults, and treatment with braces is not always cosmetic. Misaligned teeth can cause pain and prevent patients from properly chewing food. This is especially damaging to children who may begin to dislike mealtimes.

Have a Look in the Mirror

The first thing to do to determine if it is time for a visit to the orthodontist for braces is to look at the facial expressions in the mirror. Teeth that are spaced too closely or have wide spaces in between them can cause problems with alignment and are not only unattractive but make it difficult to eat. This also makes dental hygiene more difficult. Grinding teeth can cause irregular surfaces that rub against the tongue and jaw and cause pain. Significant overbites and underbites that affect the jawline have caused chronic headaches in some patients. Misaligned teeth may also cause speech issues in children due to their position. Many times the first sign of trouble is when the family dentist notices a misalignment and suggests orthodontia.

Most braces are done on children starting at about 10 years old if it is determined they are ready for the responsibility, but now more adults are realizing how much better their quality of life is when their teeth are corrected. Each patient is assessed to determine which type of braces are best for the individual regardless of age. If it is determined that braces are the right course of action, there are many options to choose from, each one determined by many indicators including patient age, preference, severity of the case, and ability to comply with treatment recommendations.

Types of Braces:


Metal braces are typically made of stainless steel. These braces are durable and attached with rubber ligatures. They may be slightly uncomfortable when first applied, but there are products that the orthodontist will provide to make the wearer more comfortable. Eating crunchy or chewy foods is discouraged. Flossing the teeth with metal braces is difficult. A water jet tool makes getting in between teeth more convenient. Treatment time for metal braces is typically two years.


Ceramic braces are less noticeable than metal. This makes them more appealing to adults who do not want a “metal mouth” effect. They can be clear or blend in with the natural color of the teeth. They are not as durable and cannot take the same punishment as metal braces due to being more brittle. In addition, they are not appropriate for all types of teeth. A medical professional will be able to make this determination.

Damon System

Damon braces use a self-ligating system instead of elastics. With the Damon System, there is no need for the many adjustments required by traditional metal braces. Because these braces are much easier to clean, the result is more attractive. The Damon system is stain resistant and is a great treatment option for both adults and children.

Clear Braces

Clear braces are for people who want to maintain an aesthetically pleasing smile while undergoing treatment. They are made of clear plastic or ceramics. Made like traditional metal braces, clear braces come in several different types.

Invisalign Braces

Invisalign Braces are clear molds made after an impression is made of the patient’s teeth. These aligners stay in place for several weeks before it is time for the next set. Removed only when the patient must clean the teeth or eat, Invisalign braces are more appropriate for adult users because the wearers must be consistent in following the treatment instructions, otherwise the result will be more costly and less than satisfactory.

Many other options are available in addition to the ones listed above. The care and treatment of a patient’s teeth is of utmost importance. Factors such as the age of the patient, the likelihood that they will be compliant with treatment, the severity of the misalignment, and the patient’s budget are considered. The patient’s needs determine the best course of action.

Visit an Orthodontist to Learn More about Braces and Aligners

Nalchajian Orthodontics located in California has two qualified professionals who can determine if you need braces. They are:

• Dr. Nicole Nalchajian
• Dr. Greg Nalchajian

You can find out more about braces or aligners that meet the requirements of children, teenager or adults by calling one of these Nalchajian Orthodontics offices:

• Clovis – 559-299-9561
• Fresno – 559-432-7100

Every patient visiting Nalchajian Orthodontics receives one complimentary consultation to learn more about the types of aligners and braces necessary for straightening their teeth.

Nalchajian Orthodontics
7501 N Fresno St, Suite 105, Fresno, CA 93720
Phone: (559) 432 7100

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