Explore Orthodontics With Dr. Kurth & Dr. Chew
Having crooked, misplaced, or misaligned teeth can cause some people to hide their smiles. But no one deserves to feel embarrassed about their smile! That’s why our orthodontists, Dr. Jacklyn Kurth and Dr. Laura Chew, set out to help our patients feel good about their smiles using orthodontics in Foster City and Belmont, CA.
Explore our orthodontic treatments to learn how the Jacklyn Kurth Orthodontics team can help boost your confidence and improve your appearance.
What Are Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialized field of dentistry that focuses on correcting misaligned teeth and jaws. It involves using various appliances, such as braces and aligners, to move teeth into their proper positions and improve their function and appearance.
Orthodontic treatment typically begins with a consultation with an orthodontist, who will evaluate your teeth and jaw to determine the best course of treatment for your specific needs. Treatment can range from simple cosmetic adjustments to more complex interventions, depending on the severity of the issue. The goal of orthodontics is not only to create a beautiful smile but also to improve oral health and overall well-being.
Why Choose Jacklyn Kurth Orthodontics For Your Treatment?
With two convenient locations and knowledgeable orthodontic specialists, Jacklyn Kurth Orthodontics is the top orthodontist in Belmont and Foster City. She and her colleague Dr. Chew work diligently to provide the latest orthodontic technology and multidisciplinary approaches. As an award-winning orthodontist, she’s at the forefront of the industry, finding new ways to help patients fall in love with their smiles.
Our Orthodontic Services
At Jacklyn Kurth Orthodontics, braces are a popular option for patients looking to straighten their teeth and achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. With the latest technology and techniques, Dr. Kurth offers effective, efficient, and comfortable treatment plans for patients with braces. Patients can expect personalized treatment plans and ongoing support throughout their orthodontic journey to ensure the best possible results.
Invisalign® & Invisalign SmileView™
Invisalign clear aligners are a popular alternative to traditional braces for people who want to straighten their teeth. Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually shift teeth into their desired positions without brackets or wires.
With Invisalign SmileView, patients can even preview their new smile before treatment begins using a 3D simulation. Dr. Kurth and her team are experienced Invisalign providers and offer personalized treatment plans to ensure the best possible results. Treatment with Invisalign is comfortable, convenient, and discreet, making it an excellent option for patients of all ages.
Two-phase orthodontic treatment at Jacklyn Kurth Orthodontics is a comprehensive approach to orthodontic care for children with developing teeth and jaws. The first phase addresses any developmental issues, such as a narrow palate or a severe overbite, that could lead to more serious problems down the road. Dr. Kurth uses various appliances, such as expanders and space maintainers, to create space and correct alignment. The second phase focuses on fine-tuning the bite and tooth positions, typically with braces or clear aligners.
By addressing orthodontic issues early on, two-phase treatment can prevent more severe problems from developing later in life, like the need for jaw surgery or permanent tooth extraction. Dr. Kurth and her compassionate team offer personalized treatment plans and ongoing support throughout the two-phase treatment process.
Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, is a type of treatment used to correct severe skeletal and dental abnormalities that braces or other orthodontic appliances alone can’t correct. This procedure involves working in collaboration with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to reposition the jaws and teeth into their proper alignment.
Surgical orthodontics can improve not only the function of the teeth and jaws but also the patient’s facial appearance. Drs. Chew and Kurth offer this specialized treatment to help patients achieve optimal oral health and a confident smile.
Impacted Canine Treatment
Impacted canine treatment at Jacklyn Kurth Orthodontics is a specialized service that addresses canines, or the pointed teeth between the front teeth and premolars, that failed to emerge. This issue can lead to crowding, misalignment, and damage to adjacent teeth if left untreated.
Dr. Kurth and her team employ advanced diagnostic techniques and customized treatment plans, which include orthodontic appliances or referral to an oral surgeon, to guide the impacted canine into its proper position. Early detection and treatment can prevent more serious dental problems in the future and ensure a healthy, beautiful smile.
Retainers are an essential part of orthodontic treatment that helps maintain the position of teeth after braces or clear aligner treatment. They’re custom-made to fit the unique shape of each patient’s mouth and are usually metal or plastic materials. Dr. Kurth and Chew will help you determine how long to wear your retainers to prevent teeth from shifting back to their previous positions. Proper retainer care and maintenance help ensure their effectiveness and longevity.
Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)
TADs, or temporary anchorage devices, are a relatively new development in orthodontics that allow for more precise and efficient tooth movement during treatment. TADs are small titanium screws or plates that are temporarily inserted into the jawbone to provide an anchor point for braces or other orthodontic appliances. They can help move specific teeth in a controlled manner or correct more complex orthodontic issues. TADs can even work in combination with braces or clear aligners!
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does orthodontic treatment typically take?
The duration of orthodontic treatment varies depending on the individual case and the type of treatment. On average, treatment can take anywhere from one to three years. Your orthodontist will provide a personalized treatment plan and estimate the treatment duration based on your specific needs.
Can adults still get orthodontic treatment?
Absolutely! More and more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment to improve the function and appearance of their teeth. There’s a range of discrete treatment options available to minimize the appearance of braces during treatment, such as clear aligners or lingual braces.
Can I still play sports or a musical instrument while wearing braces?
Yes, you can still participate in sports and play musical instruments while wearing braces. However, wearing a mouthguard during physical activity is crucial to protect your braces and teeth. Take extra care while playing wind instruments to avoid damaging your braces.
Can orthodontic treatment fix my TMJ disorder?
While orthodontic treatment alone may not fully resolve TMJ disorder, it can help alleviate some symptoms, such as jaw pain and clicking. Your orthodontist may also work with a dentist or other healthcare professional to provide a comprehensive treatment plan. Discuss your concerns about your TMJ with your dentist or orthodontist to help find a solution.
Redesign Your Smile With Orthodontics
Are you or a loved one considering orthodontic treatment? Look no further than Jacklyn Kurth Orthodontics! With a wide range of treatment options, including braces, Invisalign, and surgical orthodontics, as well as specialized services like TADs and two-phase treatment, Dr. Kurth and her team provide personalized, comprehensive care to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.