Many people wonder, what is an orthodontist?

At Kubisch & Ferris Orthodontics our goal is to provide the highest quality orthodontic care and treatment from the most qualified professionals available throughout Santa Barbara, Goleta, and surrounding California areas.

Many people believe a dentist and orthodontist are the same thing but that’s not quite the case. The two professional titles certainly have some similarities, and they do work together, but orthodontics is a specific type of dental care. An orthodontist is a specialist that treats certain types of dental problems.

Orthodontist in Santa Barabara CA

What Does An Orthodontist Do?

Orthodontists such as Dr. Kubisch and Dr. Ferris are fully qualified dentists who took on an additional 2-3 years of orthodontic schooling and gained extensive clinical experience in an orthodontic residency program. The American Association of Orthodontists is the overseeing body for this branch of elite dentistry.

The most important job for an orthodontist is identifying, treating, and preventing issues with your teeth and mouth. Orthodontists are experts at treating misaligned or overcrowded teeth, as well as bite problems (malocclusions). Malocclusions can also result when the upper and lower jaws don’t fit together properly, whether from premature loss of baby teeth, developmental abnormalities, trauma, or other causes.

Orthodontic Treatment

If you suffer from any of the following issues, you may be a candidate for orthodontic treatment:

Overbite where the upper front teeth stick out over the lower teeth
Underbite where the lower teeth are too far forward or the upper teeth too far back
Cross bite when the upper teeth do not come down slightly in front of the lower teeth when biting together normally
Open bite space between the biting surfaces of the front and/or side teeth when the back teeth bite together
Misplaced midline when the center of your upper front teeth does not line up with the center of your lower front teeth
Spacing gaps between the teeth as a result of missing teeth or teeth that do not “fill up” the mouth
Crowding when there are too many teeth for the dental ridge to accommodate

Types of Treatments

  • Traditional Braces – made from a high-grade stainless steel with metal brackets and archwires, which put pressure on teeth to move slowly into the correct position.
  • Clear braces – work in the same way as traditional braces, but the brackets are made from a clear, transparent ceramic material.
  • Invisalign – custom-made removable clear aligners that are virtually invisible and work in increments.
  • Invisalign Teen – clear aligners that are removable and virtually invisible to ensure you still enjoy your favorite foods and social events.

Reasons to Visit An Orthodontist in Santa Barbara CA

  1. Achieving a healthy smile – a healthy smile not only looks good, but can also offer benefits such as increasing chewing functionality and improving speech
  2. Boosting confidence – a beautiful smile can provide a dramatic boost in self esteem.
  3. Starting on the right path – children can avoid and prevent arising problems when seen at the right age.
  4. Preventing future problems – when untreated, many orthodontic issues can become worse over time.

If you or someone you know is in need of orthodontic care or looking to visit with an orthodontist and located in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Barbara County, or surrounding areas of California please contact us today to take a step in the right direction and schedule a visit. Call now!

Santa Barbara: (805) 687-7417

Goleta: (805) 964-4786

 

Here at Kubisch and Ferris Orthodontics we are dedicated to providing the best orthodontic treatment options for our patients located in or near Santa BarbaraGoleta, and surrounding California areas.

Dr. Kubisch and Dr. Ferris are both highly trained professionals and want to keep you knowledgable and aware of all available options to make sure you receive the care that best fits your personal needs.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign and Invisalign Teen are clear aligners engineered to make the orthodontic process easier and more enjoyable, much like the ones provided by Smile Direct Club. The difference with Invisalign is that the process is overseen and handled by a certified orthodontist that you know and trust. This ensures that the process is done smoothly and correctly. Upon follow up visits, you will receive new sets of aligners that will gradually move teeth to the desired position.

How Does Smile Direct Club Work?
Smile Direct Club is an at home service that allows you to receive orthodontic treatment without ever having to physically visit an orthodontist. Upon sign up, customers visit a SmileShop where a 3D image is captured, or if there is no such facility nearby, at-home impression kits are sent to you. After receiving your impressions back, a dental professional with Smile Direct Club will review and assess your treatment plan. On average, treatment plans last around 6 months.

Invisalign Vs. Smile Direct Club
Each treatment option offers its own set of benefits that can appeal to different personal preferences. The Smile Direct Club results can be just as effective as Invisalign results. The Smile Direct Club cost and Invisalign cost can also be comparable. However, Smile Direct Club does have some differences that may pose as an inconvenience for certain patients.

Disadvantages of Smile Direct Club:

  • Trying to find a SmileShop near you
  • Dealing with messy molds at home
  • Waiting on mail back and forth
  • Replacing dentist visits with post office visits
  • Anonymous professionals handling treatment
  • Additional equipment costs

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the differences of Invisalign vs. Smile Direct Club or is in need of orthodontic care and located in Santa Barbara, Goleta, or the surrounding California areas contact us today to schedule a visit. Call now (805) 964-4786.

Adults who are considering orthodontic treatment with braces in Santa Barbara County, CA are finding that the patients of Dr. Raymond Kubisch and Dr. Andrew Ferris and the team at Kubisch & Ferris Orthodontics have more positive treatment experiences and more successful outcomes.

A concern for adults considering orthodontic treatment with braces is that their treatment will not fit into their otherwise busy schedules, and that orthodontic care will become a burden. Adult patients of Dr. Kubisch and Ferris and the team at Kubisch & Ferris Orthodontics are advised to follow these simple steps to minimize their efforts and to maximize the successful outcome of their treatment with braces.

1. Pick a treatment plan that works for your lifestyle.

The first step in ensuring that your orthodontic treatment goes well is selecting a treatment plan that fits seamlessly into your lifestyle. Adult patients of Dr. Kubisch and Dr. Ferris and the team at Kubisch & Ferris Orthodontics are able to explore the many treatment options available to them including traditional metal braces, clear braces, or Invisalign clear aligners.

2. Know the care requirements of each treatment option.

Dr. Kubisch and Dr. Ferris will meet with you and discuss in more detail the benefits and drawbacks of each system to help you determine what option is right for you. Clear braces sometimes require more careful care, as they are easier to stain and break. Invisalign is removable and easy to clean. But, if you are extremely busy and tend to lose things, the removable nature of Invisalign makes it easy to misplace or forget.

3. Keep your adjustment appointments.

Any setback or delay in treatment, even if it is a small one, may compromise the timing of your treatment. During these appointments, Dr. Kubisch and Dr. Ferris will check on your progress and make any adjustments to your appliance that are needed to keep your teeth moving correctly. Conscientious adherence to adjustment schedules will ensure that your treatment will always be progressing on schedule, and you may even finish your orthodontic treatments earlier.

4. Use appliances as directed.

Sometimes appliances like rubber bands or retainers will need to be employed during your treatment. Dr. Kubisch and Dr. Ferris recommend to his patients to always wear these appliances exactly as directed and to make wearing them part of their daily routine. Reserve some time daily (at the same time, perhaps after lunch or right when you wake up) to care for your braces and appliances properly, so that eventually it feels second nature. A consistent daily regimen of care, following the directions appropriate for your treatment, will help relieve the stress of worrying about tending to your orthodontics.

Dr. Kubisch and Dr. Ferris and the team at Kubisch & Ferris Orthodontics are the experts in adult orthodontics in Santa Barbara County, CA. If you have any questions about traditional braces, clear braces, or Invisalign clear aligners, or if would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kubisch and Dr. Ferris, contact Kubisch & Ferris Orthodontics at: (805) 964-4786

Many orthodontics patients with braces are unsure of what foods are restricted in their diets. Many also believe the list of foods to avoid is longer than it actually is. Dr. Raymond Kubisch and Dr. Andrew Ferris of Kubisch & Ferris Orthodontics share some ideas about what foods are safely enjoyed and which foods are best to avoid eating while wearing braces or during orthodontic treatment in Santa Barbara County, CA.

It is true that during your treatment with braces there are limitations on what you can eat. But the time (and money) invested with braces is well worth coping with these limitations. The payoff is a perfectly straight, healthy, and attractive smile.

What foods can be enjoyed during your treatment?

There are many delicious food options that can be eaten while wearing braces in Santa Barbara County, CA including:
1. Bananas
2. Yogurt
3. Soup
4. Cheese
5. Pasta
6. Mashed Potatoes

Dr. Kubisch and Dr. Ferris want to make sure that every patient with braces eats healthy food and gets enough daily nutrients. Here are some meal ideas that are safe for patients who are wearing braces. Perhaps there is a family favorite among some of these delicious meal options:

• Lasagna. Lasagna is a great dinner because it provides many food groups in one dish, is tasty, and is soft on your braces.
• Grilled Chicken and Vegetables. While meat from a bone can cause damage to your braces, deboned meats like chicken breast can be eaten. Chicken pairs nicely with vegetables like broccoli.
• Chicken Noodle Soup. Chicken noodle soup gives you many necessary nutrients because of the variety of ingredients that can be added. Soup is also a filling and tasty meal and will not damage your braces.

What foods should be avoided?

While wearing braces, the three types of food that should be avoided are hard, sticky, and chewy foods. These types of food should be avoided because they can get stuck in your braces easily and be difficult and sometimes painful to get out. Some food categories that should be avoided are:

1. Gum
2. Popcorn
3. Ice
4. Caramel
5. Pretzels
6. Raw vegetables
7. Steak
8. Hard candies

Some of these foods do not have to be completely avoided, however. Foods like vegetables, steak, and pretzels can be broken or cut up into smaller pieces and then eaten safely.

There are many foods which are nutritious, delicious, and are friendly to your braces. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kubisch, Dr. Ferris and Kubisch and Ferris Orthodontics in Santa Barbara County, CA, or for more information, please call: (805) 964-4786

Adults who are considering orthodontic treatment with braces in Goleta, CA are finding that the patients of Dr. Raymond Kubisch and Dr. Andrew Ferris and the team at Kubisch & Ferris Orthodontics have more positive treatment experiences and more successful outcomes.

A concern for adults considering orthodontic treatment with braces is that their treatment will not fit into their otherwise busy schedules, and that orthodontic care will become a burden. Adult patients of Dr. Kubisch, Dr. Ferris, and the team at Kubisch & Ferris Orthodontics are advised to follow these simple steps to minimize their efforts and to maximize the successful outcome of their treatment with braces.

1. Pick a treatment plan that works for your lifestyle.

The first step in ensuring that your orthodontic treatment goes well is selecting a treatment plan that fits seamlessly into your lifestyle. Adult patients of Dr. Kubisch, Dr. Ferris, and the team at Kubisch & Ferris Orthodontics are able to explore the many treatment options available to them including traditional metal braces, clear braces, or Invisalign clear aligners.

2. Know the care requirements of each treatment option.

Dr. Kubisch and Dr. Ferris will meet with you and discuss in more detail the benefits and drawbacks of each system to help you determine what option is right for you. Clear braces sometimes require more careful care, as they are easier to stain and break. Invisalign is removable and easy to clean. But, if you are extremely busy and tend to lose things, the removable nature of Invisalign makes it easy to misplace or forget.

3. Keep your adjustment appointments.

Any setback or delay in treatment, even if it is a small one, may compromise the timing of your treatment. During these appointments, Dr. Kubisch and Dr. Ferris will check on your progress and make any adjustments to your appliance that are needed to keep your teeth moving correctly. Conscientious adherence to adjustment schedules will ensure that your treatment will always be progressing on schedule, and you may even finish your orthodontic treatments earlier.

4. Use appliances as directed.

Sometimes appliances like rubber bands or retainers will need to be employed during your treatment. Dr. Kubisch and Dr. Ferris recommend to his patients to always wear these appliances exactly as directed and to make wearing them part of their daily routine. Reserve some time daily (at the same time, perhaps after lunch or right when you wake up) to care for your braces and appliances properly, so that eventually it feels second nature. A consistent daily regimen of care, following the directions appropriate for your treatment, will help relieve the stress of worrying about tending to your orthodontics.

Dr. Kubisch, Dr. Ferris, and the team at Kubisch & Ferris Orthodontics are the experts in adult orthodontics in Goleta, CA. If you have any questions about traditional braces, clear braces, or Invisalign clear aligners, or if would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kubisch and Dr. Ferris, contact Kubisch & Ferris Orthodontics at: (805) 964-4786


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