2472 Overland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90064(310) 838-0844
I love my teeth!!! I have had many fillings from Dr. Carlston and veneers as well. It feels so good to smile and I am complimented on my teeth regularly now. My teeth look so natural that even my closest friend couldn't pin point what was different about me. I would highly recommend him! The staff was friendly and helpful and the facility was clean and professional. I will definitely be back when in Los Angeles. Angie C., Mountlake, WA

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Orthodontics West Los Angeles

Many people think of orthodontic care simply as a phase of life - a year or two devoted to receiving treatment to obtain an attractive, straight smile. For Dr. Dean L. Carlston, however, orthodontia is the foundation for quality dental care, and an imperative part of maintaining optimal oral health. For more than 35 years, Dr. Carlston has specialized in orthodontics, providing effective, comprehensive treatment options at his West Los Angeles dental practice.  Making orthodontic care a priority in all patient situations sets the framework for the patient’s oral health, enabling Dr. Carlston to achieve superlative results for any future cosmetic and restorative procedures. If you would like to learn more about orthodontics at Carlston Dental Group, contact our West Los Angeles practice.

The Importance of Orthodontics

A simple smile can say a lot, but for patients whose teeth are misaligned or uneven, their smile may be conveying the wrong message. Aligning the teeth in the proper position is important for several cosmetic and health-related reasons. Eliminating uneven spacing, overcrowding, and bite misalignment can bring the smile together beautifully, helping patients feel confident and look their best. Since his beginnings as a general dentist, Dr. Carlston has believed that orthodontics should be a pillar of his practice. It is Dr. Carlston’s goal to preserve each patient’s natural tooth structures, providing them with the least-invasive, most convenient dental treatment available. Through years of experience, he has witnessed the many ways that proper orthodontic care can correct crowding and jaw misalignment, and foster bone growth – without the need for extractions. During his career he has studied and utilized a variety of orthodontic products, and is proud to offer state-of-the-art treatment to his patients today.

Invisalign® Orthodontics

Although many patients associate orthodontics with conspicuous, uncomfortable, metal braces, there are other options. Invisalign® is an orthodontic system that uses a series of clear, plastic aligners to gradually guide the teeth toward proper positioning. The steady pressure of these trays allows gentle repositioning of the teeth, and even expansion of the arches to avoid extractions. Advances in this technology allow Dr. Carlston to treat the vast majority of orthodontic patients with Invisalign® rather than traditional braces or oral appliances. When patients are diligent about wearing the trays 22 hours per day, as is recommended, they can see remarkable changes in their smile. Once the desired results have been achieved, Dr. Carlston can administer any other necessary treatments. In fact, the chances of success and lasting results from future procedures is more likely since the patient’s natural structures have been preserved.

Patients who require orthodontic treatment can choose Invisalign® at Dr. Carlston’s West Los Angeles practice. During the initial treatment process, impressions of the teeth will be taken to create customized oral trays. Once the trays are created at a designated Invisalign® lab, typically in two to three weeks, patients can return to the practice to ensure proper fit, and begin treatment. Advantages of Invisalign® include:

  • Trays can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing
  • Undetectable to others
  • Customized for proper fit
  • No tightening or adjustments of wires required
  • Fewer office visits needed
  • Complete results in about one year

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Quality Orthodontic Care from the Start

In addition to offering corrective orthodontic care for adults, Dr. Carlston provides preventive measures for children, as well. Space maintainers are custom-made appliances that are placed into a child’s mouth to hold open the space left behind by a lost tooth, until the permanent tooth begins to grow in. If a space maintainer is used, the permanent tooth will be able to grow in naturally, without interrupting the alignment of other teeth or negatively affecting the jawbone. Space maintainers therefore prevent the need for braces or other orthodontic treatments in the future. If your child has recently lost a tooth or is in the process of losing his or her teeth, we can discuss in detail with you how the temporary use of this appliance can help ensure proper tooth growth for your son or daughter.

Schedule a Consultation Today

Dr. Carlston places an emphasis on orthodontics at his West Los Angeles practice because he understands the positive impact that proper positioning can have on other treatments, as well as a patient’s overall oral health. During each office visit he takes in the big picture, visualizing the health of the entire mouth and prescribing appropriate treatment that will yield sustainable results. To learn more about Invisalign® or other orthodontic treatments available at our practice, contact us today. 

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