Orthodontics Specialist

Golden State Smiles

Dentistry located in San Leandro, CA & Concord, CA

If you’re dealing with misaligned or crooked teeth, an improper bite, or other dental problems, you’ll need top-quality orthodontic care. You can depend on Dharaben Munjpara, DDS, Douglas Mo, DDS, and the compassionate dental professionals at Golden State Smiles, which has two offices in San Leandro and Concord, California. The team has extensive experience providing individualized orthodontic care and treating a range of facial and dental irregularities. The dental experts can straighten crooked teeth, realign your smile, and much more. To inquire about orthodontics, call the office nearest you today or request an appointment using the online booking tool.

Orthodontics Q & A

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the specialty of dentistry involving personalized and cosmetic dentistry services designed to enhance the function and aesthetics of your smile. Orthodontists specialize in orthodontics and can: 

  • Fix bad bites
  • Correctly align your jaws
  • Straighten or realign crooked teeth

Orthodontics is focused on straightening teeth, but orthodontists can also assist with misaligned and painful bites, some forms of sleep apnea, and many other dental concerns.

What are the differences between an orthodontist and a general dentist?

Dentists and orthodontists work in different ways. General dentists deal with overall oral health issues, and orthodontists are dental experts focused on specific issues, such as straightening teeth and correcting improper bite patterns. 

A general dentist diagnoses and treats common dental problems and diseases affecting your mouth, teeth, and gums. General dentists are specialists in overall dental care and maintenance for all ages.

General dentists can also offer certain cosmetic dental procedures, such as teeth whitening and crowns.


Orthodontists have additional training in facial growth and development, biology and biomechanics, and orthodontics. Orthodontists are experts in facial growth and dental development and can diagnose and treat crooked teeth, poorly aligned jaws, bad bites, and more.

What are some of the available orthodontic treatments?

Golden State Smiles provides numerous effective orthodontic treatments, including:

  • Traditional braces
  • Invisalign® clear aligner trays
  • Clear braces

You might choose traditional metal braces, or you might be interested in clear braces or Invisalign aligner trays for more discretion. 

Invisalign is also a popular teeth-straightening treatment involving a series of near-invisible, thermoplastic aligners you wear over your teeth. The clear and comfortable aligners gently shift and align your teeth into place over time. In some cases, Invisalign treatments can be completed in just six months.

Invisalign is a great alternative to traditional teeth-straightening methods like metal braces. You can even whiten your teeth while you’re straightening them with Invisalign. You simply add the at-home special whitening solution to your Invisalign aligners.

The team Golden State Smiles also provides retainers, space maintainers, and many other orthodontic treatments for children, teens, and adults. 

For superb orthodontic care, call Golden State Smiles today or request an appointment online.