(818) 980-5300 5445 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Valley Village, CA   91607

Orthodontic Aspects of Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is a well-known field that focuses on improving your smile. Often people think this only means correcting tooth problems like stains, chips, cracks, or other unsightly flaws. However, cosmetic dentistry is not limited to only visible tooth problems, but also takes into consideration issues involving the jaw. This is where orthodontics can come to the rescue.

Misaligned jaws can cause a variety of oral health concerns. Facial features may be affected, as well as speech, eating, and breathing. Pain is a common side effect of jaw misalignment. Teeth can also be impacted eventually by jaws that are not in place, because they begin to compensate by moving into incorrect positions. Teeth grinding, decay, damage, and loss may occur without jaw correction.

Jaw malocclusion may be a genetic trait, or can result from things like trauma or disease. The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, connects the lower jaw to the base of the skull. When the TMJ is strained for any reason, the consequences like pain can extend toward the head and face. Other issues like stress are also known to affect the TMJ, and lead to further discomfort and jaw problems.

An orthodontist can diagnose and treat any of these jaw-related problems. X-rays will help determine exactly what is causing the symptoms, and treatment will be recommended. This may involve braces to move the jaw into proper alignment, therefore improving your appearance as well as your comfort level. A cosmetic dentist can tell you if orthodontics might be helpful to your condition, and refer you to an orthodontist who can put you on the road to a winning smile.

Cosmetic orthodontist Dr. Fotovat treats patients from Sherman Oaks, CA and the surrounding area.

Dental Crib Helps Break Thumb Sucking Habit

Often, babies and young children use thumb sucking as a method of self-soothing. While it may not seem like a problem, this habit can create dental issues involving teeth position and bite. One way to curb thumb sucking is placement of a dental crib. This orthodontic appliance can correct the habit and help adjust the position of the teeth.

What is a dental crib?
Cemented behind the upper teeth on the roof of the mouth, a dental crib consists of a half circle of wires connected to supporting bands or rings. The device hinders thumb sucking and makes it less appealing.

What is the process for getting a dental crib?
First, you should schedule an appointment with your orthodontist. Your doctor will examine your child and look for signs of any problems. If your child needs a dental crib, you will return for a second visit so that the orthodontist can take photos, X-rays, and impressions. At the third visit, your doctor will construct the dental crib and place it at the fourth appointment.

How long will my child wear a dental crib?
After placement, front teeth begin to shift in about two weeks. After four to six month, an open bite will close and teeth will straighten. Usually, your orthodontist will leave the device in place for 9 to 12 months to ensure that your child has broken the habit.

When is the best time to place a dental crib?
Ideally, you should have the appliance put in position once the upper front baby teeth become loose, but before the adult teeth have pushed out, which usually occurs around age six.

Mehdi Fotovat, D.D.S.


5445 Laurel Canyon Blvd.

Valley Village, CA 91607

(818) 980-5300

Our practice is conveniently located on Laurel Canyon Blvd. between Burbank Blvd. and Chandler Blvd. in Valley Village. Free parking is available behind the building.

Our Hours

Tuesday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (closed for lunch 12-1:20)

Wednesday: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm (closed for lunch 12-1:30)

Thursday: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Friday: 7:30 am – 3:30 pm (closed for lunch 12-12:30)