Summertime and the braces are easy, says Dr. Robert Sunstein, DDS
By Marti Gacioch
Summer is the best time to put braces on a child who needs them, said La Jolla orthodontist Dr. Robert Sunstein, DDS.
“Everyone’s schedule is so much more open to the time it takes for the health records, putting the braces on, and then reviewing how to take care of them,” Sunstein said. “Nowadays, braces can be put in place in less than four minutes.”
To illustrate the ease and effects of today’s braces, Sunstein created a video showing how to apply and wear braces, which also explains how quickly teeth can be straightened. The video will soon be available on both YouTube and his website, www.sandiegoorthodontist.com
Treatment time for braces is usually 10-18 months, Sunstein said, adding it can take a little shorter time for younger children and a little longer time for older kids.
Sunstein said he works with both children and adults. “We do metal braces, clear braces and removable Invisalign to straighten teeth,” he said. “We’re getting to the point that we can take digital images of the teeth and make retainers, crowns and/or bridges without even taking any impressions of the teeth. We can literally take a digital image of the tooth and e-mail it to the lab and they can fabricate a crown, a retainer or an implant.”
Over the past 15 years, Sunstein said he’s watched orthodontic technology evolve so rapidly that the best quality techniques are now available to accelerate teeth straightening.
Also known as “the Sunny Smile Specialist,” Sunstein works out of two offices, one in La Jolla and the other in Carmel Valley. Both are equipped with state-of-the art technology, including digital radiology offering minimal radiation.
“We’re open six days a week, including Saturdays, and have early morning appointments (beginning at 8 a.m.) and early evening appointments (from 6:30 p.m.) on different days,” Sunstein said. “We even have lunchtime appointments, too, to accommodate our busy patients. I have the best staff in each office, which enable me to go back and forth.”
Dr. Robert Sunstein, DDS
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