Providing high-quality Orthodontic Braces in San Diego

Healthy teeth can be moved at any age.

Whether for cosmetic reasons, bite correction or better dental hygiene, orthodontic braces (traditional braces) are often a necessity. After all, most of us are not lucky enough to be born with perfect teeth! And that is why, Dr. Chaikin and her orthodontic team at Convoy Dental Arts in San Diego, CA stay updated with the latest in orthodontic advances to help you with all your braces needs.

Braces are not only for kids. Anyone with crooked or crowded teeth are candidates for braces. Approximately 22% of orthodontic patients are adults. A healthy bite is as important at age 60 as it is at age 16. Even though adults are no longer growing, they can still enjoy improvements that come from orthodontic treatment.

Dental Braces in San Diego

Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.

Move over, crooked teeth.

A beautiful, healthy smile can change your life.

How do Dental Braces Work?

Braces are the most common solution for orthodontic problems and are very effective and efficient for treatment. Braces have advanced significantly in the past 20 years. While older versions were uncomfortable and easily noticeable, modern braces are designed with lightweight materials and are smaller in size.

Here’s how braces work:

  • Brackets (braces) are bonded to the front of the teeth using orthodontic glue that is like dental filling material. This material cleans off easily at the end of treatment.
  • Wires pass through the brackets and put gradual pressure on the teeth, moving them into the correct position over time.
  • Braces need to be adjusted every few months, to maintain the ideal tension and pressure on teeth that need correction.
  • Teeth are usually straight within 6-12 months, but root alignment and bite correction may take a few years to correct in some cases.

Schedule an Orthodontic consultation today with Dr. Chaikin.

If you would like to experience a straighter, brighter smile, there is no need to wait. Today, there are more treatment options available than ever before. Dr. Chakin is fully trained and is a provider for both orthodontic braces and Invisalign in San Diego, CA.

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Our Patients Love Dr. Chaikin and Convoy Dental Arts

  • Stephen AhunaStephen Ahuna

    As usual Dr. Chaikin is a perfectionist when it comes to dentistry. She performs her profession as if she's treating her own children. Very professional including her excellent staff.

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  • Diane W.Diane W.

    Dr. Chaiken is amazing. I have been going to her for many years and refuse to see any other dentist. She is the best dentist I have ever had. Going to the... Read More

  • Thomas MathisonThomas Mathison

    I had a toothache and called the office to setup an appointment thinking I could get seen either next Tuesday orcWednesday. To my surprise, the front office staff stated that they could fit me in today at noon. I came in a spoke to the Dentist and she wanted me to get a few X-rays of the tooth that I had pain with. Very quickly the Dr. came in and examined the X-rays. She mentioned that she would perform a quick look at the troubled area and administered some salve around my affected tooth. She prescribed to me an antibiotic and recommended that I see a specialist to discuss either extracting the tooth or getting and implant. I was happy that they could see me on such short notice and come up with a temporary treatment. Thank.

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  • Steve AhunaSteve Ahuna

    Dr. Chaikin and support staff are excellent in knowledge, skill and customer service. I used to go to my local dentist for over 20 years but when my brother told me about Dr. Chaikin, I decided to give her a try.
    My drive from my office to her practice is about 1 hour versus 10 min. to my former dentist's office.
    But the quality of work and great attitude from everyone makes the 1 hour drive unimportant and trivial.

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  • Peggy L.Peggy L.

    Nice job with the filings! Even the numbing injection was painless.
    They are using new technologies as well such as the camera! It was a good experience.... Read More

  • Raquel RobinsonRaquel Robinson

    My first appt was today & I was nervous & my anxiety was working overtime (dental-phobic here!). But the moment I walked in I was greeted. Staff was very welcoming & the drs are awesome! They made me feel at ease and everyone worked together as a team. It’s evident that everyone love their job. I found a dental office I can go to despite my phobia.

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