Orthodontics in Albany, CA

Straighten your teeth with braces or clear aligners at Lai Orthodontics.

Innovative Teeth Straightening Systems

Our orthodontic treatments are made just for you and your budget.

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Do you have crooked or misaligned teeth but think orthodontics take too long or are too expensive? There may be a system that’s right for you with traditional metal braces, removable aligner trays, or other dental appliances.

Our treatments are designed with you and your goals in mind to bring you a comfortable, affordable, and convenient way to straighten your teeth. Dr. Lai may even be able to diagnose and prevent dental irregularities if caught early.

Orthodontics treat:

  • Gaps in teeth and misaligned teeth

  • Malocclusions, overbites, underbites, and crossbites

  • Crowded teeth and crooked teeth

We help children, teens, and adults achieve their best smiles.

Benefits of Orthodontics

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Improve Self-Esteem

Straight, properly aligned teeth create a balanced, nicely-curved smile that makes you feel comfortable and confident.

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Better Hygiene

Crooked teeth may lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Straight teeth are easier to clean and make teeth healthier.

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Comfortable Bite

Orthodontics improves your bite to have better speaking and chewing functions.

How to Start Your Orthodontic Treatment

Lai Orthodontics will help you find the best way to straighten your teeth.

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After a consultation at Lai Orthodontics in Albany, CA we’ll craft an orthodontic plan for your needs.

  • Step 1

    We’ll complete an exam and scan of your teeth and discuss your smile goals at the initial consultation. All of your questions will be answered so that you know exactly what to expect.

  • Step 2

    You’ll come in for your appliance placement. If this is for traditional braces, the braces are adhered to the teeth. If this is for clear aligners, you’ll receive the first set of trays, and the dentist will check for comfort and fit.

  • Step 3

    The braces or aligners gradually shift teeth into their new position. Follow the instructions you discussed with the doctor, and soon you’ll be enjoying a more beautiful smile with straight teeth.

Take the first step and schedule a consultation to find out which orthodontic treatments are right for you.

FAQ about Orthodontics

  • What is orthodontics in dentistry?

    Orthodontics in dentistry is a specialty that helps diagnose, prevent, and correct a misaligned bite, jaw, and/or teeth.

    Dental irregularities are treated with dental appliances to gradually shift teeth into a better position.

    There are a wide variety of orthodontic treatment options depending on the problems. These include

    • Braces or aligners
    • Headgears and protracted facemask
    • Palatal expanders
    • Jaw positioning appliances
    • Space maintainers
    • Lip bumpers
    • And more
  • What is the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?

    The difference between a dentist and an orthodontist is that an orthodontist is a specialist in orthodontic treatments.

    In addition to attending dental school, an orthodontist has additional education and training for correcting the alignment of the teeth and jaws.

  • What is a full orthodontic treatment?

    A full orthodontic treatment includes the upper and lower arch. In this case, the top and bottom arches are both treated to achieve proper alignment and occlusion (bite).

    On the other hand, a partial orthodontic treatment typically involves less work and time because the entire mouth isn’t treated.

    Each orthodontic case is unique, and Dr. Lai will recommend the best treatment to achieve your straighter smile.

  • Do orthodontists only do braces?

    No, orthodontists do more than braces.

    While metal braces come to mind when most people think of the word “orthodontist,” there are other procedures that orthodontists provide. These include clear aligners, retainers, and other oral appliances to help reposition the jaw and teeth.

  • What is the best orthodontic treatment?

    The best orthodontic treatment depends on each person. Factors to consider for your specific orthodontic treatment include the severity of the case, time, and budget.

    If you have a bad bite or crooked teeth, please schedule a consultation with Lai Orthodontics in Albany, CA to find the best solution for your needs.