The Power of Retainers

Retainers can be a powerful aid when it comes to persevering the alignment of your teeth. In fact, after braces are removed, retainers are often needed at night to keep your teeth in the correct place. Retainers are not braces. Retainers are an appliance that only helps hold your teeth in the position they need… Read more »

Different Braces to Achieve Your Ideal Alignment

Having straight teeth can boost your self-esteem and oral health. Having an ideal alignment means your teeth are easier to care for, and your smile looks beautiful throughout your lifetime. Many forms of orthodontic treatment can help you achieve ideal alignment. Our orthodontist, Dr. David Li with San Diego Orthodontic Specialists in San Diego, California,… Read more »

Cleaning Your Braces (and Around Them)

It may seem intimidating to clean your teeth once you receive braces, but it is a feat that can be easily accomplished if you understand the steps to take. For starters, you will need to adjust your approach to brushing your teeth since braces can restrict access to certain areas of your smile unless you… Read more »

Got Questions About Orthodontic Aligners? Here Are Your Answers

If you have questions about orthodontic aligners, you’re not alone. Many people don’t know everything about the aligners, which leads to many questions. To help you find the answers you’re looking for so you can make sure it’s the right treatment for you, our orthodontist, Dr. David Li, is happy to give you the answers… Read more »

The Steps to Expect During Your Child’s First Orthodontic Appointment

If you’re interested in seeing if your child needs orthodontic treatment, then you need to call San Diego Orthodontic Specialists and schedule an appointment with our orthodontist, Dr. David Li. To help you prepare for the appointment, our orthodontic team will be happy to tell you all about the steps involved. This can help you… Read more »

What to Expect When Your Braces Come Off

When you get braces, they are going to be with you for a long time. In fact, at times it may seem like you will be wearing them for the rest of your life. But rest assured, whether you have to wear your braces for months or years, the big day will come! When that… Read more »

A Missing Primary Tooth Can Affect the Alignment of Your Child’s Permanent Teeth

Young children sometimes struggle to maintain consistent oral hygiene habits. When you combine this with their general enjoyment of sweet treats, this can increase their chances of developing cavities on one or more of their teeth. If a case of tooth decay becomes too severe, it might lead to the loss or necessary extraction of… Read more »

New Year’s: The Resolutions You Can Make for Your Braces

Are you trying to get creative with your New Year’s resolution this year? If so, our dentist, Dr. David Li, is happy to help you! What do you think about making a resolution for your smile? Doing so can help you have a more positive and effective orthodontic journey and it can even help you… Read more »

Practicing Excellent Oral Hygiene in Braces

When your braces finally come off, you want to see that your efforts for a straightened smile paid off. For best results, you will want to practice diligent daily oral care along with routine dental cleanings to keep your smile free from tooth decay and gum disease. Daily plaque removal is essential whether you wear… Read more »

Why Early Orthodontics Will Help in the Long-Run

Catching orthodontic problems early can help prevent issues in the future, both costly and oral. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends having all children get orthodontic treatment by age seven. This is the age in which we typically see issues and are able to reverse orthodontics problems, before adult teeth erupt. Our… Read more »