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Crooked teeth don't just affect the look of your smile. Malocclusion can cause teeth grinding (bruxism), TMJ disorders, and even pain.

By undergoing an orthodontic procedure with Dr. Iven Gonzalez, you can enjoy a straighter smile and enhance your oral health.

Learn how braces and Invisalign® at our El Paso, TX, practice can give you a winning smile...

How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Take?

The length of an orthodontic procedure can vary from person to person. When treating minor gaps and crowding, treatment may only take a few months to complete. However, a more pronounced underbite, overbite, crossbite, or open bite could take more than a year for an orthodontist to properly align.

During your visit to our El Paso practice, we can provide a general estimate of how long it will take to complete your orthodontic treatment.

How Orthodontic Treatment Works...

The Cost of Orthodontic Treatment Price and Payment Information

Factors That Affect the Cost of Orthodontics

Severe malocclusion often requires longer treatment as well as a more complicated and expensive approach. The type of orthodontic treatment also matters. Traditional orthodontics with metal braces is usually more affordable than tooth-colored, lingual, and clear braces.

Insurance Coverage for Orthodontic Procedures

Your dental plan may cover orthodontics. It's important to check with your insurance provider for coverage and benefit details. Our team can offer assistance with this process, and provide the necessary documentation for your orthodontics coverage.

Financing and Other Payment Options

If you do not have insurance or orthodontics is not covered, we can go over various payment plans. Flexible financing for braces and other treatments is available through CareCredit®. We want you to find the right path to straighter, healthier teeth.

Want to Straighten Your Smile? Contact Sun City Dental

You don't need to visit an orthodontist to get a straighter, healthier smile. Dr. Gonzalez offers effective orthodontics that can improve the alignment of your teeth, resulting in better oral health for years to come. Providing orthodontic treatment is part of our comprehensive approach to dentistry.

To learn more about orthodontics, contact our practice online or call our El Paso, TX, office at:

(915) 201-2539

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I have always felt the comfort of Dr. González and his staff to take care of my dental needs. I appreciate everything that all the staff does in order to excel and provide the great customer service and explanations of my dental treatment.

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The services from the staff all the way to the doctor are superb. Great atmosphere, clean establishment. Very detailed exploration of all procedures to be done. They give you their opinions as to priority of work needed to help manage a budget if you choose to get everything done. I will recommend anyone to go use your services.

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Different Orthodontic Procedures Traditional Braces and Other Options

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Traditional Metal Braces

Orthodontists have used metal braces for decades. They are one of the most reliable options for repositioning misaligned teeth, which is why metal braces are still in use today. The bands, brackets, and wires work in concert, applying steady tension to shift teeth into a more ideal position.

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Porcelain Braces

While traditional braces are effective, they leave many patients feeling self-conscious during treatment. This is why orthodontists developed porcelain braces. Made from ceramic and tooth-colored materials, these kinds of braces blend in better with a patient's teeth. The brackets are not as noticeable, even when a smile is viewed up close.



Invisalign is the most well-known clear aligner system. It uses clear plastic trays to gradually shift teeth into an optimal position. Each computer-designed tray is worn for two weeks, at which point patients switch to the next tray in treatment sequence. The clear aligners are easy to remove, which allows patients to eat their favorite foods and practice good oral hygiene with ease. In addition, the clear trays are virtually invisible. You can undergo orthodontic treatment without most people noticing.

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Invisalign or Braces? Comparing Orthodontic Procedures

Despite the long track record of traditional braces, adults and teens often come to our El Paso practice looking for information about Invisalign. The clear aligners are more aesthetically pleasing and convenient, but this alternative to traditional orthodontics has some drawbacks.

Invisalign is limited in the amount of movement it can achieve. Traditional braces are generally better at treating major malocclusion. Invisalign is simply not designed to treat severely crowded and rotated teeth.

Given these facts, Invisalign needs to be considered on a case-by-case basis. During your consultation with Dr. Gonzalez, we can go over which treatment is most ideal for your needs.

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I have been going here for years now. Good doctor, he is always nice, and great staff. And they recall who you are.

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Maryann Andrews


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The staff at Sun City Dental are always friendly and professional. I highly recommend them and will continue to go to them for my dental needs.

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The Orthodontics Process Placing Braces and Maintaining Results

The length of an orthodontic procedure can vary from person to person.
The length of an orthodontic procedure can vary from person to person.

Consultation and Planning

During the initial consultation, we will take x-rays and perform a full examination of your teeth. Dr. Gonzalez can then discuss your oral health goals and develop a custom treatment plan.

Placing Spacers

To position orthodontic bands around the molars, orthodontists will place spacers between the teeth at the back of the mouth. This is done about a week before the brackets are placed.

Placing Brackets, Bands, and Wires

Orthodontists carefully adhere the brackets onto the front of the teeth and place bands around the molars. The wire will then be placed to apply controlled tension along the dental arch.

Adjustments and Checkups

Over the course of treatment, patients return to the practice for checkups so we can monitor their progress. Adjustments can be made to the wire and other parts of the braces as needed.

Debonding and Retainers

With your teeth straightened, the braces can come off. Once the brackets are removed, an orthodontist can then take impressions to create a retainer. Whether fixed or removable, the retainer maintains the results of orthodontic treatment.

The Benefits of Orthodontics

Straighter Teeth

Many people visit orthodontists in order to enjoy a straighter, more beautiful smile. Sun City Dental is proud to help so many teens and adults in El Paso achieve this goal.

A Healthier Smile

Properly aligned teeth reduce the risk of bruxism and other issues associated with malocclusion. Thanks to orthodontics, your smile will be healthier for many years to come.

Improved Confidence

Gaps, crowding, and alignment problems can make people self-conscious about their appearance. After orthodontic treatment, patients feel much better about the way they look.

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Sun City Dental

Dr. Iven Gonzalez and the team of compassionate dental professionals at Sun City Dental can help you and your family achieve beautiful smiles and excellent oral health. Dr. Gonzalez is a member of local and national professional organizations, including:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Academy of General Dentistry
  • The Texas Dental Association
  • The Academy of Gp Orthodontics

To schedule an appointment at our office in El Paso, TX, contact us online or call (915) 201-2539 today!

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