Getting Braces from your Orthodontist in Walnut Creek

Choosing the right Orthodontist in Walnut Creek is not always easy. At the office of Dr. Martin Schellinck, our goal is to provide you with great oral health through proper oral alignment. Orthodontic treatment is used to correct “bad bites,” or malocclusion (teeth that are crowded or crooked). In some cases your teeth may be straight, but your upper and lower jaws may not meet properly. Mouths with overcrowded or crooked teeth offer bacteria crevices and corners in which to breed. This leads to a greater chance for tooth decay, as well as periodontal disease. Moving your teeth to their proper places will allow you to clean your teeth more efficiently and enjoy better oral health.

The most commonly discussed reward of orthodontic treatment is a straighter smile. Yet braces accomplish much more for both your general health and for your smile. By straightening your teeth, you’re aligning your jaws as they should be aligned, taking unnecessary stress off your jaw joint, your teeth, and your gums. Not correcting an abnormal bite could result in further oral health problems, including:

  • tooth decay
  • gum disease
  • tooth loss
  • affected speech and/or chewing
  • abnormal wear to tooth enamel
  • jaw problems

Straightening your teeth can be accomplished in different ways. The kind of orthodontic treatment you have will depend on your preference and the options provided by Dr. Schellinck. These before and after photos display the high quality care and treatment you will receive when being seen at Schellinck Ortho.

At your complimentary consultation Dr. Schellinck will be able to give you an idea of how long you will be in braces, however most people are in treatment from one to three years. This is followed by a period of wearing a retainer that holds teeth in their new positions. Today’s braces are more comfortable than ever before. Newer materials apply a constant, gentle force to move teeth and usually require fewer adjustments.

While you have braces it’s important to maintain a balanced diet for the health of your teeth. Of course, a healthy diet is always important, but eating too many sugary foods with braces can lead to plaque build-up around your brackets that could permanently stain or damage your teeth. Avoiding foods like popcorn, corn on the cob, chewing gum, whole apples, and other sticky foods is also a good idea.

You can read more about orthodontists and orthodontic treatment from the American Association of Orthodontists.

To schedule your first appointment today, simply give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to seeing you soon. 925-300-3619 or

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