Jared Corbridge, DDS, MS, Corbridge Orthodontics

Orthodontist

About the Expert

Dr. Corbridge received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry. He completed his postdoctoral orthodontic training and earned a Master of Science degree at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, one of the country’s most prestigious orthodontics programs. He is a Diamond-Level Invisalign Provider and an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists.


Q&A

 

What’s the difference between an orthodontist and a general dentist?

General dentists are trained professionals in caring for the overall health of your teeth and gums. Orthodontists are dental specialists, who in addition to completing four years of dental school, complete an additional two-to-three-year residency program focused exclusively on orthodontics. Similar to the higher level of expertise you might receive from medical specialties such as cardiology and dermatology, this additional training and focus make orthodontists uniquely qualified to deliver the ideal smile and correct your bite. 

Should I get traditional braces or Invisalign clear aligners?

Both braces and Invisalign can be used to help you achieve the smile of your dreams, however, Invisalign has eliminated or greatly reduced many of the inconveniences commonly associated with traditional braces, like poky wires and food restrictions. It still requires excellent patient cooperation as the aligners need to be worn all day and night except when eating or brushing. For some, braces are a better alternative that offers fun colors and no need to worry about keeping track of aligners.

My child has an overbite. What treatment options are available for this?

Deep overbites (top teeth covering the bottom teeth) or excessive overjet (top teeth protruding ahead of the bottom teeth) can be corrected with either Invisalign or braces and elastics or rubber bands. Correcting these problems in children who are still growing is ideal. For more severe problems, there are other fixed appliances such as the Herbst, that help push the top teeth and jaw back while advancing the lower jaw and teeth.

When should my child first visit an orthodontist, and why?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children be evaluated by an orthodontist beginning at age seven. You can also look for when your child has lost their front four teeth on top and bottom. This is an excellent time to first be seen. Although many children do not require treatment at this age, there are many problems that can be minimized when caught and properly diagnosed young. 

Why are adult braces so popular today?

Adult orthodontics has increased dramatically over the last 10 years. This is partly due to adults seeing themselves on Zoom and social media and wanting to improve the esthetics of their smile and partly due to the easier, more cosmetic options available such as Invisalign. 

Also, adults who had braces as a child and stopped wearing their retainers may have teeth that have shifted over time. Having treatment again as an adult is oftentimes shorter and easier than what you went through as a child.

What new advances in orthodontics excite you?

My favorite technology in the office is the iTero scanner which takes 6,000 photos per second and creates a digital model of your teeth. We use this in place of the goopy impressions of the past. They create a more accurate model of your teeth and make the patient experience more comfortable. The digital model is then 3D printed and can then be used for making expanders, Invisalign, and retainers. 

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