Gentle Care Family Dentistry
Elvie Nathanson, DMD
Dentist located in Chula Vista, CA
If crooked or protruding teeth are preventing you from smiling, Dr. Elvie Nathanson of Gentle Care Family Dentistry can help. Located in Chula Vista, California, Dr. Nathanson, a board certified dentists, has corrected poorly positioned teeth with traditional orthodontics and Invisalign® for patients across Chula Vista and National City.
Orthodontics Q & A
Are braces solely a cosmetic treatment?
While braces are generally recommended to improve a patient’s appearance, there are health benefits, as well. Left untreated, problems such as crooked or crowded teeth, overbites and underbites and improper jaw position can lead to issues such as tooth decay, gum disease, headaches, earaches and difficulty with chewing and speaking.
What is the proper age to have orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic treatment can be provided at any age as long as your teeth are strong enough to withstand the gentle pressures associated with moving the teeth into proper alignment. Dr. Nathanson can help you decide if orthodontic treatment is a good choice for you. The American Academy of Orthodontists advises children should be evaluated for orthodontic care by the time they're seven years old. That's because some alignment issues are easier to correct while a child's jaw is still forming. That doesn't mean they'll have braces at that age, but having an evaluation can help you and the doctor determine when orthodontic care would be appropriate.
What are the advantages of Invisalign® and how does it work?
Invisalign, while costlier than traditional braces, offers many advantages for the right candidate. The Invisalign system uses a series of removable, transparent aligner trays that gradually reposition teeth. Aligners are made out of a smooth plastic material and are virtually invisible. It is difficult to tell when someone is wearing Invisalign. Patients usually receive a new set of aligners every 2-3 weeks. Each aligner set is designed to move teeth a fraction of a millimeter. How long the entire process takes to complete depends on the amount of movement required to achieve the desired outcome. Invisalign can treat patients with mild or moderate crowding, or minor spacing issues. These include:
- Under bites
- Open bites
- Crowded teeth
- Cross bites
- Protruding teeth
The complexity of each case determines how long the process takes. It can range from several months to several years.
Major Insurance Providers Accepted
Gentle Care Chula Vista accepts all PPO Insurance plans. If you do not see your insurance listed below or have any questions, please contact our office directly.
Words from our patients
"You have got to try Dr. Nathanson. She is very gentle, caring, and very thorough. The only dentist I will go to!"
"No waiting, I love that! This is what I have come to expect from Dr. Nathanson as I have been seeing her since 2006."
“I had a very pleasant experience during my last visit. The care I was given was second to none. The staff was courteous and professional.”
“I received great care. I felt comfortable and relaxed, the staff were friendly, and my procedure went better than I anticipated (gentle, comfortable and fast).”
“This is the best Dentist around. The office staff is very professional, caring and handles procedures that would have taken much longer with my past dentist. "
“I recently went to Gentle Care Family Dentistry and had a Cerec crown down in one visit. It was amazing! I had no pain at all and felt very comfortable."
"Dr. Nathanson is the best dentist I have ever had."