Dentistry dedicated to excellence
Here at Cunning Dental Group, we are all about teeth – crooked, crowded, overlapping, or protruding. You can consider us as your “one-stop-shop” for both general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry because no matter what your dental problem is, we are committed to resolving it.
Started by Dr. Ronald Cunning in 1968, we have always regarded excellent patient care as our highest priority. Since our early beginnings in Montclair, California, we have branched out to an additional state-of-the-art facilities in Orange County. Today, we are a leading choice for orthodontic treatment in California, as well as for other specialized dental practices.
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Orthodontics is a specialty discipline of dentistry that focuses on aligning the teeth and positioning them with regard to a person’s bite. Our certified orthodontist corrects and prevents irregularities of the teeth with the most advanced braces, which are dental appliances that effectively straighten teeth, correct an asymmetrical bite, close gaps between teeth, and bring the jaw into proper alignment.
A common misconception is that braces are for children. They are not. Here are the signs you need braces, regardless if you are a child, teen, or full-grown adult:
The most common orthodontic treatment, traditional braces consist of high-grade stainless steel and are what people usually picture when they think of braces. During your appointments at Cunning Dental Group, we will periodically tighten your braces to apply strategic pressure, aligning your jaw as needed to straighten your teeth over time.
This set of custom-made clear plastic aligners are specifically designed to move your teeth into proper position. Invisalign delivers the same teeth-straightening benefits as traditional braces, but up to 2X faster. At Cunning Dental Group we offer both traditional braces and invisalign.
Our orthodontic treatment process involves four essential stages:
Stage 1: Planning. Your first few visits at Cunning Dental Group may include the following:
Stage 2: Installation of braces. After careful planning, the application process begins. Our orthodontist will bond metal brackets onto your teeth with special adhesives to keep them in place. Then, the placement of wires and elastics allow us to redirect the teeth into proper alignment.
Stage 3: Active dental work. Ongoing treatments are necessary to reap the benefits of orthodontics. It entails visiting your dentists for adjustments every 4 to 8 weeks, or as needed. To ensure success, we will provide specific treatment requirements for you to follow.
Stage 4: Retention. Once treatment is completed, we will remove your braces and replace them with a new appliance called a retainer. Retainers are often removable and will help maintain the changes made to your teeth. We highly advise wearing them as instructed.
While braces are intended to straighten and align your teeth, they have several other benefits, including a few that contribute to your health and wellness.
Here are the advantages of orthodontically corrected teeth:
You are an ideal candidate for braces in Montclair, CA if:
To find out which orthodontic treatment option is best for you, we invite you to schedule a no-pressure consultation where we can discuss your concerns, preferences, and expectations with our dentists.
Broken and loose braces will prolong treatment and could lead to poor results. When eating, you will need to protect your orthodontic appliances to prevent damage.
Here are foods to avoid with metal braces:
As a rule of thumb, soft foods are always easier on the hardware in your mouth.
We are passionate about transforming your smile as we strive to provide: