As one of the area’s leading orthodontic dentists, Dr. George Georgaklis offers a variety of treatment options. You can choose from traditional braces, Invisalign®, and accelerated teeth straightening at his San Diego office. Although each of these treatments can be extremely effective orthodontics, the right one for you will depend on your lifestyle, budget, personal preferences, and, of course, your health needs. Dr. Gerogaklis will provide a complete exam and consultation to help you choose the right treatment for your smile. In the meantime, take this quick quiz to begin learning about your treatment options and which one may benefit you.
Test Your Smile
- Which of the following most accurately describes your treatment goals?
A. I want to straighten all of my teeth. My dentist also says I need to realign my bite.
B. I want to straight my entire smile, but my bite alignment is good.
C. My teeth are just slightly crooked, but I know a straighter smile would really make me feel better about my appearance.
D. I really just have one or two crooked teeth. The rest of my smile looks great.
- What is your ideal treatment timeline?
A. I’d like it to be as short as possible, but I understand that it may take time to achieve my optimal results.
B. I don’t mind an extended timeframe, as long as the treatment itself is subtle.
C. I want it to be a short as possible.
D. I want straighter teeth by my wedding – and I’m getting married next week!
- What is your biggest apprehension about braces?
A.I’m just afraid they won’t work! I’m so tired of dealing with my severely crooked smile!
B. I am so worried about how braces will make me look!
C. I dread spending a year or more with braces on my teeth.
D. I’m worried that braces will cause discoloration over the rest of my healthy teeth.
If you answered mostly A’s, you may be a good candidate for traditional braces. Clear braces, comprised of brackets, wires, and rubber bands, will exert pressure on your teeth to gradually shift them into new and healthier positions. Traditional braces can correct cosmetic concerns, as well as the most severe forms of malocclusion.
If you answered mostly B’s, you may be a good candidate for Invisalign®. This treatment can straighten your smile using clear, custom-made aligner trays. They can be a great option to address a crooked smile. However, they are not typically a good way to correct more dramatic malocclusion. Discreet Invisalign® treatment typically takes about the same amount of time as traditional orthodontic care.
If you answered mostly C’s, you may be a good candidate for Straight Teeth in Six MonthsSM. Dr. Georgaklis’ proudly offers this patented treatment, developed in collaboration with his brother Clifton. This treatment, which has been featured in Dentistry Today, can straighten your teeth using tooth-colored brackets and wires. Not only does it focus on cosmetic enhancements; bite changes are done simultaneously. The treatment takes half a year or less.
If you answered mostly D’s, you may be a good candidate for porcelain veneers or bonding. If you only have some crooked teeth, and they do not affect the balance of your bite, Dr. Georgaklis may recommend one of these cosmetic treatments. Both composite and porcelain veneers can reshape your teeth and close small gaps in your smile. The entire process will take place within two weeks.
Learn More about the Right Treatment for You
Now that you know more about your treatment options, schedule an appointment with Dr. Georgaklis today. He will explain more about braces, Invisalign®, and accelerated teeth straightening at his La Jolla practice.