We found 22 orthodontists near Long Beach, CA.
Dr. Ana Planells practices orthodontics (braces) and pediatric dentistry in Long Beach, CA. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Planells accepts. Dr. Planells (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Italian. She is affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach.
Dr. Joel Brodsky's area of specialization is orthodontics (braces). In his practice, he is particularly interested in dentofacial orthopedics. Dr. Brodsky accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Choice, and more. He is professionally affiliated with MemorialCare Health System.
Clinical interests: Dentofacial Orthopedics
Dr. Arlo Jorgensen works as an orthodontist in Long Beach, CA. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Jorgensen is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice.
Dr. Howard Lee is an orthodontist in Long Beach, CA. Patients gave Dr. Lee an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lee honors.
Dr. Akira Katsura's area of specialization is orthodontics (braces). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.
Dr. Gary Lyon's area of specialization is orthodontics (braces). He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lyon takes.
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Orthodontics is the specialty concerned with moving and adjusting the teeth within the mouth in order to enhance their appearance and improve their function. Orthodontists are dentists with additional training, which allows them to straighten teeth and align jaws in order to give their patients a healthier bite.
When teeth are crooked or don’t bite together well it can lead to social embarrassment as well as serious health problems. Poor jaw alignment can strain the muscles that move the mouth, leading to jaw pain and headaches. Crooked teeth are significantly harder to clean effectively, leading to an increased risk for gum disease and tooth decay. In addition, teeth that are seriously out of place can lead to difficulty speaking or eating.
To move the teeth within the jawbone, orthodontists use dental appliances to put pressure on the teeth. Some are fixed in place; others are removable. Examples of appliances include:
- Braces, made of metal, ceramic, or plastic
- Components that enhance braces, such as archwires, elastics, or headgear
- Clear aligners, or invisible customized trays that fit over the teeth
- Retainers to prevent teeth from shifting out of their new position
Whether you have overcrowded teeth, a misaligned bite, an overbite, or some other alignment issue, an orthodontist can help you have a healthy and beautiful smile.