Achieving Straight Teeth in Ladera Ranch: Overbites And Underbites

Straight Teeth in Ladera Ranch When the upper part of the jaw and the lower part of the jaw are not the same sizes, bite problems can occur. When the lower jaw is smaller than the upper jaw, it is called an overbite. When the reverse is true, it is called an underbite. Another related alignment disorder is called a crossbite. Crossbites occur when lower teeth are in the wrong position. They may be incorrectly positioned sideways, forward or backward.

Diagnosing and Finding the Right Treatment

Malocclusion is the term used for all types of bite problems including overbites, underbites, and crossbites. Jaw alignment disorders can cause a range of problems and often prohibit proper chewing and/or swallowing. Teeth can shift around in the mouth, causing even more discomfort or difficulty. Gum disease and tooth decay are also harder to prevent because proper oral hygiene can be difficult with a malocclusion. TMJ disorder can develop over time. Distorted facial shape and unattractive teeth are often the most noticeable and troubling issues for those affected.

Fortunately for patients with bite problems, there are a variety of effective treatments that can give them straight teeth in Ladera Ranch. If you suspect your child has a bite misalignment, it is especially important to have them examined as early as possible. By starting early, you can make sure they avoid years of pain and self-consciousness.

Achieving a Straight Smile in Ladera Ranch

Call Parker Dentistry at 949-429-0717. Dr. Lincoln Parker, DMD is experienced in diagnosing bite disorders in patients of all ages. We can create a successful treatment plan for you, giving you a smile with straight teeth in Ladera Ranch. We also perform CEREC one day crowns and cosmetic dentistry for Rancho Santa Margarita area dental patients.

Contact Parker Dentistry:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

777 Corporate Dr Ste 100
Ladera Ranch, California


Can You Straighten Your Teeth Without Braces?

Spring Retainers Can Correct Alignment Without Braces

Many Ladera Ranch people could improve their smile with braces, yet only a portion are currently undergoing treatment. A common reason people delay or forego orthodontic treatment is because they believe it is a difficult, costly process requiring traditional metal braces.

Metal braces are not needed for every tooth alignment issue, however. An orthodontic appliance known as a spring retainer is often a great solution for people who need minimal adjustment to correct alignment (and do not have an overbite or underbite).1

Spring retainers are removable, less noticeable, and less pricey than conventional braces. Unlike traditional retainers which are designed to maintain alignment and prevent further shifting, spring retainers can move teeth 1-2 mm in the desired direction. They are often recommended for Ladera Ranch orthodontic patients who neglected to wear their retainer after undergoing orthodontic treatment to have their teeth straightened.

Creating a spring retainer is relatively manageable: an orthodontics lab forms a mold of the teeth based on the desired end result. Spring retainers are most often used for the front teeth and incisors but can sometimes be expanded to include other teeth as well.2

At Parker Dentistry, we offer a variety of orthodontic options. If you would like your teeth aligned, call us at 949-429-0717 to schedule an orthodontic consultation.

We also offer the full spectrum of cosmetic dental procedures including teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, crowns and bridges, and cosmetic bonding.

1 ‘Straight Talk on Braces,’ Highbeam Business, January 5, 2008,, accessed on Oct 19, 2011
2 ‘Spring Retainers,’ 1-800-Dentist, November 10, 2008,, accessed on October 19, 2011


Contact Parker Dentistry:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

777 Corporate Dr. Ste 100
Ladera Ranch, CA


5 Tools For Tooth Transformations

porcelain veneers price Rancho Santa Margarita

Too-small teeth. Misshapen teeth. Cracked teeth. Chipped teeth. Spacing irregularities. These issues are all-too-common for Mission Viejo, Las Sorres, and San Juan Capistrano dental patients. But now, with the advances in cosmetic dentistry, there are affordable fixes for these vexing tooth problems!

1. Veneers. (Also called dental laminates or porcelain veneers). These extremely thin shells of material have at times been called porcelain veneers or laminates. The material used is tooth-colored and the shells are custom-made so the size, shape, and color are perfectly matched to your surrounding teeth. The veneers are securely cemented to the front of the teeth to dramatically change your smile.

2. Bonding. This procedure uses a strong tooth-colored resin to close spaces, repair chips and cracks, or change the shape. The resin is molded into place and then a light is applied to harden the material for secure adherence to the tooth.

3. Recontouring. Minimally-invasive reshaping of a tooth by removing minuscule bits of enamel to improve the shape or length. This cosmetic dentistry procedure is sometimes called odontoplasty or slenderizing.

4. Crowns. Most people are familiar with this durable multi-purpose restoration. Natural-looking dental crowns are fabricated in the shape and color of the tooth and cemented into place to fully cover the part of the tooth visible above the gumline.

5. Braces. Patients of all ages are transforming their smiles with state-of-the art orthodontia. Before you dismiss this option as too time-consuming or expensive, learn about the new braces now available. Braces are more convenient and discrete than ever before.

Countless Rancho Santa Margarita dental patients have achieved dazzling smiles with a smile redesign from Parker Dentistry!

My name is Dr. Lincoln Parker of Parker Dentistry in Ladera Ranch. I am enthusiastic about helping my patients have optimum oral health and beautiful smiles. If you have any questions about veneers, bonding, recontouring, or crowns, I invite you call us at 949-429-0717 to make an appointment today.

Say Cheese!

Dr. Lincoln Parker
Parker Dentistry
777 Corporate Dr. Ste 100
Ladera Ranch, California

It’s Not Too Late To Get Them Straight

San Juan Capistrano cosmetic dental and adult braces

Are you an adult in Mission Viejo with misaligned teeth? Do you regret not having orthodontic treatment when you were a teen? It’s not too late to straighten your teeth – and there are more types of braces available than ever before.

Perhaps you are not familiar with the latest types of braces. Here is a quick rundown of the most common types used in Mission Viejo, Las Sorres and San Juan Capistrano cosmetic dental practices.

If you don’t want the whole world to know you are wearing braces, ‘behind the teeth’ or lingual braces may be a good option. So-called ‘invisible braces’ work great for many Ladera Ranch men and women of all ages. Some types of braces are offered in ceramic, which are also less visible than metal braces. These are often called ‘clear braces.’

Invisalign, Damon, and iBraces, are some of the trade names of proprietary orthodontic systems used in the California dental community.

Once the orthodontia patient has completed treatment, he or she needs to wear a retainer to keep those pretty teeth in line. The traditional Hawley retainer consists of a metal wire that surrounds the teeth and holds them in place. The metal wire is attached to a molded acrylic form that fits snugly in either the upper or lower part of the mouth.

Clear retainers are also popular with Rancho Santa Margarita orthodontists and their patients. They fit the teeth like a transparent glove without the need for hardware. Some Mission Viejo patients believe clear retainers are more comfortable than other types.

If you want more beautiful teeth, come into Parker Dentistry in Ladera Ranch and discuss your goals with Lincoln Parker, DMD. Dr. Parker will examine your teeth and recommend the most effective system for you.

Parker Dentistry is a full-service general, family, and cosmetic dental practice. We have been exceeding expectations since 2013. Ask us about cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and CEREC crowns.

Bright Purple Mouth When You Smile In Ladera Ranch?

Ladera Ranch Invisalign Remember when Rancho Santa Margarita adolescents undergoing orthodontic treatment were mortified by their metal mouth? Thankfully, for most young men and women, those days are over. Many Ladera Ranch teens of today wear their braces proudly and make no effort to hide them. They know they don’t need to wait until their teeth are aligned to flaunt a striking smile; they enjoy flashing their brightly-colored braces in all their glory.

Another plus? Just as they mix and match their clothes and shoes, teens can change their wires and bands every time they visit their Mission Viejo dentist or orthodontist. Braces have become another fun way for fashion-forward Las Sorres and San Juan Capistrano teens to express their personality.

Of course, there are still some kids (and many adults!) that are not thrilled about having metallic fuchsia bands and neon yellow wires adorning their teeth. Discrete Invisalign aligners are virtually undetectable and can straighten teeth just as quickly and effectively as metal braces. Another benefit of the Invisalign system is that the aligners are not permanently attached to the teeth. Invisalign aligners are easily slipped out for brushing, flossing, meals, and sports. If your Ladera Ranch child plays a musical instrument that defies traditional braces, removable aligners may be the best option.

If you or one of your children need orthodontic treatment in the Rancho Santa Margarita area, call Parker Dentistry at 949-347-5522 to schedule a consultation with Lincoln Parker. Parker Dentistry is located at 777 Corporate Dr. Ste 100 in Ladera Ranch.

We provide comprehensive restorative and cosmetic dentistry including sedation dentistry, CEREC crowns and cosmetic dentistry. If you need affordable state-of-the-art dental care in Ladera Ranch, let us tell you about our financing options.

Whatever your age, if you want to straighten your teeth while making a fashion statement, don’t hesitate to get bands to match every outfit in your closet!