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Everything You Need To Know


By addressing and correcting long-standing issues such as overbites, underbites, and crooked teeth, patients of all ages (even adults!) can get the beautifully aligned smile they’ve always wanted. With intention and expertise, Dr. Chris Carter will create a custom dental appliance to gradually straighten you or your child’s teeth over time. From minimal aesthetic adjustments to severe misalignments, orthodontic care from Dr. Chris Carter can help you or your child step into a strong, straight smile with confidence.

Explore A Variety Of Braces Options



By using medical-grade stainless steel brackets and archwires, traditional braces gradually straighten teeth over a period of time. Severe tooth and jaw misalignments can be treated and corrected thanks to traditional braces. Metal braces are a popular option among patients as they are oftentimes more affordable than other braces or Invisalign.



While they appear to be identical to traditional braces, self-ligating braces utilize clips rather than elastic bands to hold the brace wire in place. Self-ligating braces cause less friction on the braces and make it easier for patients of all ages to keep them clean and free of debris.



Ceramic braces are extremely similar to traditional braces but use clear or tooth-colored brackets and wires that match the shade of the smile. With their subtle, seamless appearance, ceramic braces are great for patients that want a less noticeable alternative to metal braces.



While lingual braces work similarly to traditional braces, they are secured on the back of your teeth, making them virtually invisible. If you have severe tooth and jaw misalignment but would prefer a discreet braces option, you may be a strong candidate for lingual braces.

Straighten Your Smile With Invisalign


As a highly popular treatment option among patients looking for a straight smile, Invisalign can treat mild to severe misalignment cases such as overbites, crowded teeth, and more. These removable clear aligners are free of wires and brackets, making them one of the most discreet ways to align a beautiful smile over time.

Life With Braces & Invisalign


Caring for your braces or Invisalign aligners is similar to regular oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing twice a day will keep your kid’s oral health and orthodontic appliances in tip-top shape for the long run.


Make sure your child uses a soft-bristled brush to keep their teeth, brackets, wires, or aligners clean and free from debris. Stiff-tipped floss picks are also perfect for removing food lodged in braces.


Visit Dr. Chris Carter for regular follow-ups to ensure your child’s teeth are adjusting properly. With regular hygiene and proper care, your kiddo will be aligner and braces-free in no time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about orthodontic care? Find answers here.


Every child is different, but seeking orthodontic treatment for your kiddo in their childhood or early teen years allows Dr. Chris Carter to detect and correct problems before they worsen.


Most orthodontic problems are inherited and gradually worsen as kids grow into adulthood. Other problems such as gum disease, childhood thumb-sucking habits, early loss of baby teeth, or even dental accidents can significantly impact jaw and teeth alignment.


The cost of braces and Invisalign treatment is fairly similar, but pricing can differ based on you or your child’s specific needs. Your insurance may cover some orthodontic treatment, so give your insurance provider a call to understand your benefits.



The first thing you should do to determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign is to schedule a consultation with our team in Mission Viejo, California. We will evaluate your current orthodontic needs, take images of your teeth, and take a few other steps to determine if you are a good candidate. Invisalign is a good solution for those suffering from minor to moderate issues, including overbites, underbites, crossbites, crowded teeth, gapped teeth, and more. You will also need to be able to commit to wearing the Invisalign clear aligners for a period of 20 to 22 hours daily.


Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible when worn, making them a discreet option for orthodontic treatment. Their clear plastic material blends with the teeth, minimizing visibility during everyday activities.


Yes, Invisalign can correct gaps between teeth. Invisalign has proven to be an effective orthodontic treatment for addressing a wide range of issues, including gaps. Using custom-crafted clear aligners, Invisalign can gradually shift teeth into the desired position, closing gaps and improving overall alignment.


Yes, it is recommended that you wear your Invisalign clear aligners while sleeping at night. For optimal and on-time treatment, wearing your aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day is recommended. Your aligners will help maintain progress and prevent teeth from shifting back to their previous position. You should only remove them to eat, drink, and perform your oral hygiene regimen.


Potential limitations of Invisalign include its effectiveness for severe orthodontic cases, as traditional braces may be more suitable. Compliance is critical. Failure to wear aligners as directed can prolong treatment. In some instances, attachments or buttons may be necessary for complex movements. Consultation with our Mission Viejo, California team will provide personalized guidance.


Failure to wear Invisalign aligners as directed can lead to treatment delays, compromised results, and potential regression of progress. Consistent wear for the recommended hours per day is crucial for successful outcomes.


For emergencies or issues with your Invisalign aligners, contact your Mission Viejo, California, orthodontist promptly. They can provide guidance on addressing problems like broken or lost aligners, discomfort, or any other concerns that may arise during your treatment.

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