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Meet our Orthodontic Specialist

Stephanie Del Carmen, D.D.S., M.S.

 

Dr. Del Carmen has been practicing orthodontics in San Francisco bay area for over 18 years.  She believes a great smile is important for optimal oral health, functions, and self esteem. She graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. and received a D.D.S. from UCSF in 1990. She attended the University of Detroit Mercy and received a certificate in orthodontics and an M.S. for her thesis on jaw growth and development of adolescents. After all these years as an orthodontist, Dr. Del Carmen is still passionate about braces! She is known for educating her patients on the physics of tooth movement and making children excited about improving their smiles!

Thanks to today’s technology, patients now have more options when it comes to wearing braces. While regular metal and clear braces are still widely used, Invisalign aligners are becoming increasingly popular  that can be used for mild cases of misaligned teeth.

Invisalign - Invisalign is the most popular alternative to orthodontic appliances such as braces because they employ aclear tooth aligner that is invisible to the eye. Users are attracted to this product because it allows them to straighten their teeth while maintaining a professional appearance. The aligners fit comfortably over the teeth and gradually straighten them the same way braces do.

Braces - Braces are an orthodontic corrective appliance used most commonly to properly align teeth. Often times a cosmetic dentist may recommend braces before other cosmetic procedures because a misaligned mouth can lead to various dental health problems. A bad bite can make maintaining teeth more difficult and can lead to oral health problems that would have been much cheaper and easier to prevent than to fix.