What to expect during your first visit?


Your first visit to our orthodontic office is an exciting time! It’s a chance for us to get acquainted, and for you to learn about the treatments and services we offer. You should plan to spend at least an hour with us the first time. That’s to ensure that no one has to rush, and that you get plenty of time to ask any questions you may have. You will meet one of our receptionists or patient coordinators, who will take some information from you and bring you through the office. Then it’s time for some diagnostic work and an exam.

When you leave our office, we think you’ll have a better understanding of how we can help you get the best possible smile. So why not take the first step now — call us for a consultation.

  • Meet one of our receptionists or patient coordinators to gather some information.
  • We take a regular photographs of the teeth an a panoramic x-ray.
  • In some cases, we take an impression (mold) of the teeth.
  • We will look at the records and images, and perform a careful examination.
  • We ask some questions which will allow us to make a proper diagnosis
  • We discusse your treatment options or we’ll advise you to return for a periodic checkup
  • We will also explain what our fees will be, and what payment options are available.

Let's Make a Plan


A big part of our job today is to determine what treatment is necessary to correct any problems we may find — and whether we should begin now, or wait until a later time.

Our procedure starts by taking a set of regular photographs of the teeth in their present state. Next, we’ll take a panoramic x-ray. These enable us to see what’s going on underneath the gums: the position and growth of bones and joints, and the teeth that are still below the gum line. In some cases, we may also take an impression (mold) of the teeth. This lets us make an exact replica of the bite, which helps us understand exactly what the problem is and how best to treat it. If we need to do this, we will ask you (or your child) to bite down on some soft putty-like material for a few moments; then we’ll remove it and make the mold in our lab.

After that, it’s time for the exam. We will look at the records and images, and perform a careful examination. Besides looking in the mouth, we may also ask questions, such as whether the jaws make noise when the mouth is opening or closing, or if there are any problems chewing or swallowing. Taken together, this information will allow us to make a proper diagnosis and finalize our treatment plan at the first visit.

Discussing Your Treatment Options


Following the exam, we may tell you that things are just fine — or, we may recommend treatment. Treatment might begin right away or at a later time, depending on the developmental stage of the teeth and jaws. Many times, we’ll advise you to return for a periodic checkup, until we determine that it’s the best time to start. Now that we have a treatment plan, we will also explain what our fees will be, and what payment options are available. Whether you’re starting now or later, this is the best time to ask questions about the process. We can talk about available treatment choices, answer general questions about what to expect at the different stages of the process, and discuss any of the following:

  • Can orthodontic treatment benefit me (or my child)?
  • Are any options available (or recommended) for my treatment?
  • What general procedures will be used to correct the problem?
  • Should I get treatment now, or is it better to wait?
  • Will tooth extraction be necessary?
  • How much does treatment cost? Are payment plans available?
  • How long do you expect treatment should take?

We offer a wide range of treatments.

Clear Aligners


Clear Aligners are a series of removable, clear plastic trays that gradually straighten teeth as they’re worn (for 22 hours per day). Formerly recommended only for adult patients, they now come with special features — like compliance indicators to tell how often you’ve been wearing them. The advantage: they’re practically invisible! Invisalign and Clear Correct are examples of these type of technology.

Clear Braces


Clear ceramic braces are a variation on the traditional system that provides a far less noticeable method of treatment. They use the same components as traditional braces — except that the brackets on the front side of the teeth are made of a translucent ceramic material that blends in with the tooth’s natural color. This system has become a favorite for adults (including some well-known celebrities) because, unless you look closely, it’s hard to notice they’re there.

Metal Braces


Metal Braces need no introduction. They are made of high-grade stainless steel and remain by far the most common type of fixed orthodontic appliances offering a reliable, effective and economical treatment option. But you might be surprised to find they’re smaller and lighter than ever. If you want a less traditional look, you may be able to choose colorful elastics for the brackets.

What our costumers say?

Dr. Cardenas did a great job with my son’s treatment! The staff is always super friendly, and their pricing is clear from the start and reasonable. Phase 1 of my son’s treatment was so effective that phase 2 turned out to be completely elective. I really appreciate the honesty in a doctor who says, of course there are things we could do to take his bite from 99% to 100% perfect, but it’s not necessary. The office is clean, contemporary, and well maintained. Highly recommendK MMarch 3, 2021
From the day I made an appointment with Nicole (I think) until today, this experience has been great. It was my 1st experience with an orthodontist and I absolutely loved it. I spent most of the time with Kim and Dr. Cardenas. They are very nice, very pleasant. They made me feel comfortable. I will highly recommend them. Great keeping everyone safe. Amazing staff and practice!!!Fabienne BambaJuly 8, 2020
Dr C and his team offer a quality and hassle free orthodontics experience at a good value. The facility is state of the art and the team is very pleasant and professional. What else could one ask for.Melvin DonatoMay 7, 2020
Amazing staff! Procedures are always super quick. Very recommended.Ivan KerwinJanuary 16, 2020
Dr Cardenas and his staff are wonderful! We’ve loved working with them.Jill FriedmanDecember 6, 2018
So happy we chose Dr. Cardenas, in just a short time we can already tell a difference in my sons teeth. Very friendly staffAli LoweryAugust 30, 2017
I absolutely loved my experience with Dr C and his staff. They were caring, nice, and very professional. I definetly will recomed this place!!!!!Lili NietoApril 19, 2017
Amazing staff! Thanks for making me feel comfortable. Clean place! Very zen.Mary DAugust 17, 2016
Great doctor!Emily IsaacsJanuary 5, 2016
Absolutely awesome practice! Love Dr. Cardenas!!!!Elizabeth IsaacsJanuary 5, 2016

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