OrthoGrace Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Orthodontics

How can we help you?

We don't expect you to be an expert about your dental needs. Everyone has questions from time to time, and when you do, you can turn to us for the answers you need. 

When you ask questions, it helps us understand what concerns you have and how we can help. There is no question that is too small – if it matters to you, it matters to us.

We have shared a few of the questions we're asked most frequently. If you don't see yours answered here, please don't hesitate to call us at (818) 280-5596, or feel free to use our convenient online contact form.


The answer depends on your age, the type of treatment you require, and the severity of your tooth misalignment. Fortunately, today we have access to a variety of orthodontic options that are designed to fit your unique needs.

Treatment with traditional bracket-and-wire braces takes about two years on average. These are often made of metal, but we can also use updated materials to provide tooth-colored ceramic braces that are less noticeable.

Most adults are just concerned with improving the appearance of their smile. In this case, we recommend Invisalign clear braces that can correct mild to moderate tooth misalignment. The average treatment time with Invisalign is about 12 months for adults.

We also offer invisible lingual braces that work like traditional braces but are placed on the tongue-side of your teeth, making them invisible when you smile. Since they work like traditional braces, treatment takes between one and three years. But the advantage is that no one has to know you are being treated!

Everyone has different needs, so the best way to find out how long your treatment will take is to arrange a consultation with Dr. Medellin at our Northridge dental office. He will be happy to talk to you about your goals and make recommendations to achieve a beautiful, straight smile.

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