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Our Mission and Vision

Our Focus
Is Your Smile

At Paul Austin Orthodontics, we believe that a beautiful smile is your right and our mission. It’s more than just teeth alignment; it’s about instilling self-confidence, radiating happiness, and truly embracing your individuality. Our team is deeply committed to ensuring your orthodontic journey is an enjoyable, rewarding experience.

Mission

With 28 years of orthodontic experience, we're committed to creating beautiful smiles for every family member, through personalized, technologically-advanced orthodontic solutions, all in an environment that is welcoming and reassuring for patients of all ages.

Vision

To constantly improve the standards of family orthodontics in Santa Monica, trailblazing in the delivery of innovative, effective, and age-inclusive services that boost oral health and elevate self-confidence across all stages of life.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about braces, Invisalign, or other orthodontic treatments? Take a look at our FAQ section, or if you need more in depth answers, explore the Good Vibes Blog.

Orthodontic treatment can be started at any age, but the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of seven. However, adults also make great candidates for orthodontic treatment, and it’s never too late to improve your smile and oral health.

The length of treatment varies greatly depending on the individual’s orthodontic issues. Typically, braces are usually worn for about 18 to 24 months, but this can extend up to 30 months for more complex cases. Treatments with clear aligners like Invisalign often require 12 to 18 months, but again, this can vary.

When braces are initially placed and after adjustments, you may feel some discomfort or soreness as your teeth start to move. This is usually temporary and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relief. Most patients get used to their braces within a few days.

Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that uses clear, removable aligners to straighten your teeth, instead of traditional braces with wires and brackets. These custom-made aligners are designed to gradually move your teeth into their desired positions. They are virtually invisible and can be removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.

 Yes, you can! If you play contact sports, it’s recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your braces and your mouth. If you play a wind instrument, you might need a little time to adjust, but with practice, you should be able to play as you did before.

Absolutely. Regular check-ups with your dentist are important even while in orthodontic treatment. Your dentist will check for cavities and do a thorough cleaning of your teeth. Seeing your orthodontist and dentist regularly ensures your teeth stay healthy while they’re being straightened.