The Importance of Orthodontics

San Diego Orthodontics

Orthodontic treatment may seem unnecessary in comparison to regular dental procedures; but often times, orthodontics means more than just a pretty smile. Though most people undergo smile correction at an early age, it is never too late to straighten your teeth so you can be confident in your smile. San Diego orthodontist, William Thomas, at Poway Braces offers a variety of solutions to correct bites, smiles, and much more. Contact us today at (858) 748-6200 to set up an appointment for a consultation.

Why Orthodontic Treatment is Important

An attractive smile is about confidence, comfort, and even the freedom to express yourself without feeling self-conscious. Many people elect to have bite correction, or teeth straightening for this reason. The professionals at Poway Braces San Diego understand this, and work hard to deliver the smile you’ve always wanted.

However, the importance of orthodontic treatment reaches beyond cosmetic corrections. Teeth that are in malocclusion, or misalignment, can be difficult to clean and take care of which may lead to periodontal disease, tooth decay, and even tooth loss. Crooked teeth can also cause abnormal wear of the surface of your teeth as well as difficulty chewing, and joint or speech problems.

The staff at Poway Braces orthodontic office in San Diego, help to align your teeth and jaw, which, in turn, can ease discomfort. An misaligned jaw can lead to chronic headaches and neck pain. Not only can teeth aesthetically change with orthodontics, but an entire mouth, jaw, and facial structure can be modified for overall health benefits.

Getting Orthodontics Treatment in San Diego

Experts recommend that every child have an orthodontic check-up by the age of seven. Early intervention can help make the process easier and faster. Adults also have several options in correcting their smiles. San Diego orthodontist office, Poway Braces, specializes in:

For more information on orthodontic treatment, or if you have any questions about how these procedures can help fix your smile, please contact our expert staff today! We offer the best orthodontist in San Diego, and we can help you towards a healthier mouth and a more beautiful smile!

Poway Braces Introduces The Itero Digital Scanner

Poway Braces, located in Poway, California is among the first orthodontic practices in the San Diego County to offer new digital scanning technology to their patients: The Itero Digital Scanner.Dr. William Thomas strives to provide a positive patient experience and using the latest innovative digital technology is not something new for Poway Braces.

The Itero Digital Scanner system eliminates the goop, gagging, and unpleasantness typically associated with the traditional putty impression method. The digital impression procedure ensures a more comfortable experience for the patient, while creating a 3D computer model of their teeth in just minutes.

Using an intra-oral scanner helps the entire Poway Braces team produce even more accurate digital models of a patients teeth which then enables more accurate and precise aligners (like Invisalign and Orchestrate 3D) to be made.

How Does It Work?

Step 1-Scan: The Itero scanning wand captures hundreds of pictures of your mouth within minutes. These images are compiled into a detailed 3D model on the Itero screen. As these images are captured, our patients literally watch their very own mouth and teeth materialized on the screen.

Step 2-Analyze: The digital model is then exported into Dr. Thomas’s Orchestrate 3D software where it is then analyzed and a visual treatment plan is made directly from your intra oral scan. Each tooth is precisely moved and positioned within the software. After your custom treatment plan is finalized, it is then sent for processing and printing of your models; the scan ensures faster results and precise treatment plan formulation.

Working side-by-side with Invisalign, Orchestrate 3D, and AcceleDent, this treatment option couldn’t be easier or more convenient.

Poway Braces offers complimentary new patient exams and scanning. Visit their website: or call 858-748-6200. You can also learn more about this innovative orthodontic practice on their facebook page.

Poway Braces proudly serves Poway, La Mesa, Spring Valley, Santee, Rancho San Diego, Alpine, Lakeside, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo, La Jolla, Scripps Ranch, Escondido, Sabre Springs, Clairemont, Tierra Santa, 4S Ranch, Penasquitos, Del Mar, Clairemont, Vista and the surrounding areas of San Diego, California.



The Importance of Bite Correction

When it comes to orthodontic issues, your bite is probably the last thing you’re worried about. However, an improper bite can wind up causing major issues later on down the road. If you suffer from frequent headaches or TMJ, a poor bite may be the root cause of your pain. San Diego Orthodontist, Dr. William Thomas and the team at Poway Braces has the experience needed to examine your bite and determine how it’s impacting your life. Contact us today at (858) 748-6200 to set up an appointment.

What Causes a Poor Bite?

A poor bite can be caused by a number of things. In some cases, a person’s mouth is too small to comfortably fit all of their teeth, so shifting occurs to make some room. In other cases, the upper and lower jaw may be of unequal size, which causes an overbite or an underbite. An overbite occurs when the upper jaw protrudes forward, while an underbite occurs when the lower jaw protrudes forward. Genetics may also play a role in your bite. Crooked teeth, underbites and overbites are all physical features that can be inherited from your parents or past generations. Other factors that may affect your bite include:

  • Jaw injuries
  • Uneven fillings or crowns
  • Tooth loss
  • Periodontal disease
  • Extensive thumb-sucking
  • Tongue thrusting

For some, bite issues develop early in life during the growth period. Children who breathe through their mouths, for example, may have jaw development issues that affect the bite.

Signs of an Improper Bite

In most cases, orthodontists can determine whether or not bite correction is needed by simply looking at your teeth. They also look for face abnormalities and how the teeth line up to make a proper diagnosis. X-Rays or impressions may be necessary to give the orthodontist a clear picture of the patient’s bite. Other common signs of an improper bite include:

  • Tension headaches
  • Broken or cracked teeth
  • Teeth grinding, or Bruxing

Why Bite Correction is Important

Overbites, underbites and misaligned teeth can lead to much bigger problems if they are left untreated. Some of the side effects of an improper bite include:

  • Frequent and recurring headaches.
  • Improper chewing that eventually causes uneven wear of tooth enamel or jawbone deterioration.
  • TMJ from upper or lower jaw strain.
  • Speech impediments.
  • Issues keeping teeth clean, which can lead to periodontal disease.
  • Low self-esteem caused by misaligned or crooked teeth.

Bite corrections should be addressed as early as possible. Parents should keep a close eye on their children’s teeth, and bring them to a San Diego orthodontist by the age of six or seven. An orthodontist can help catch any bite issues early on and correct them before the jaw is finished growing. Otherwise, a fully developed jaw will require jaw surgery to correct the bite. For more information, contact the San Diego orthodontic office of Poway Braces today.

Thanks For Joining Us At Our “Summer Picnic In The Park”!


On Saturday, June 21st, Poway Braces of Poway, CA hosted their Summer Kick Off Picnic at Old Poway Park. There was face painting, games, barbecuing, music, and raffle prizes! On behalf of the entire Poway Braces team, we had a blast! We are so thankful for the confidence and support from our patients and their families. A special thanks to everyone who participated in our fun event!

Check out our Facebook page to see more pictures from the Poway Braces Patient Appreciation Picnic.

Dr. Thomas and his team want to make sure your smile is saying the right thing about you in Poway, California. Call us to set up your free consultation and take a step closer to the smile that you’ve always dreamt of: (858) 748-6200. Or visit us at:

Poway Braces serves Poway, La Mesa, Spring Valley, Santee, Rancho San Diego, Alpine, Lakeside, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo, La Jolla, Scripps Ranch, Escondido, Sabre Springs, Clairmont, Tierra Santa, and the surrounding areas of San Diego, California.

The Top Five Reasons Why You’ll Love Poway Braces

1.        We Provide Positive Experiences

Poway Braces primary goal is to ensure that patients feel right at home by working together to create a positive experience for them. Here at Poway Braces we are fun, lighthearted, warm and inviting. Poway Braces offers the perfect environment for patients to relax and enjoy their orthodontic treatment.


2.        Specialties

Dr. Thomas and the Poway Braces team strive to provide patients with a unique experience specializing in orthodontic techniques that dramatically decreases treatment to time – often by as much as half.

  • With the new technology that Poway braces offers, patients can achieve their dream smile in 12-14 months.
  • Dr. Thomas and the Poway braces team provide increased comfort for patients utilizing the latest treatment options such as Invisalign™, Acceledent, and clear braces.

3.        Convenient location

We are conveniently located at: 13376 Poway Road, Poway, CA 92064.

Poway Braces is located on Poway Road in the Poway Valley Center – right next door to the Walgreens store on the corner of Community and Poway Road.


4.        We Respect Your Time

Your time is valuable, and we respect that. We offer convenient office hours and in the absence of an emergency, our goal is to  run “on-schedule” so that you can too!

Monday 9:00am – 5:00pm

Tuesday 9:00am – 5:00pm

Wednesday 11:00am – 7:00pm

Thursday 7:30am – 3:00pm

Friday 9:00am – 12:00pm (Emergency appointments)


5.        Easy Payment Plans

At Poway Braces, we believe that everyone deserves a beautiful smile. To help make this possible, we’re pleased to offer a variety of financial options to our patients. We gladly accept all insurance plans that offer an orthodontic benefit, as well as all major credit cards. We also offer in house financing for up to 18 months with no interest as well as outside financing up to 60 with Chase Healthcare.

Dr. Thomas and his team want to make sure your smile is saying the right thing about you in Poway, California. Call us to set up your free consultation and take a step closer to the smile that you’ve always dreamt of:

(858) 748-6200. Or visit us at:

Poway Braces serves Poway, La Mesa, Spring Valley, Santee, Rancho San Diego, Alpine, Lakeside, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo, La Jolla, Scripps Ranch, Escondido, Sabre Springs, Clairmont, Tierra Santa, and the surrounding areas of San Diego, California

Patient Appreciation Day!

Please Join Us for:

Dr. Thomas & Poway Braces

Patient Appreciation Day!

All families, patients (& friends) are invited to our first fun day at: Get Air of Poway (new indoor trampoline park)!


WHEN: Tuesday, January 28th from 5:45pm-8pm


WHERE: 12160 Community Rd. Poway, CA 92064 (Near Kohls & In-n-Out Burger)


Please call our office to RSVP (limited to first 200 jumpers) @ (858) 748-6200


*******MORE DETAILS**********


*We have reserved private jump time from 6pm-7pm, followed by a private upstairs party from 7pm-8pm, in which food will be provided.


**Please fill out waivers BEFORE coming (for jumpers and guest) online if you will be participating:


Thank you for choosing us for your orthodontic care and for telling everyone you know about us! We sincerely appreciate your confidence in us to help serve your family and friends.


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Poway Braces Proudly Offers AcceleDent


Dr. Thomas knows that the idea of spending years or months in braces can be somewhat displeasing for a patient of any age. Dr. Thomas and the Poway Braces team proudly offer AcceleDent as a treatment option to their patients. AcceleDent is a state-of-the-art appliance that significantly reduces the time typically needed for an orthodontic appliance to align your smile.

What is AcceleDent?

AcceleDent is a painless, lightweight mouthpiece attached to an electronic device that is held between your teeth and gently vibrates (known as SoftPulse technology) the teeth and gums. This device is used for 20 minutes a day while undergoing treatment with Dr. Thomas.  The vibration from the device speeds up the process of moving your teeth by stimulating bone movement. This ultimately aids the orthodontic appliance you are currently wearing, and its job to align your teeth. Using AcceleDent, teeth move 38% to 50% faster than with braces alone! AcceleDent is comfortable, safe, and can be utilized by patients of all ages.

What are the advantages of using AcceleDent?

With AcceleDent, you can achieve a perfect smile in just a fraction of the time it would take with traditional orthodontic appliances. In as little as 6 months you can obtain the smile of your dreams with Poway Braces. Have questions about AcceleDent? We would love to answer them. Your first step to achieving your new smile is scheduling a complimentary consultation with Dr. Thomas.

Call us for a complimentary consultation

Dr. Thomas is an orthodontist with expertise using AcceleDent to create the beautiful and healthy smile that you’ve always dreamt of. To learn if AcceleDent is right for you or your child, call today for a complimentary consultation (858) 748-6200, or contact us here. We can’t wait to meet you.

Poway Braces serves Poway, La Mesa, Spring Valley, Santee, Rancho San Diego, Alpine, Lakeside, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo, La Jolla, Scripps Ranch, Escondido, Sabre Springs, Clairmont, Tierra Santa, and the surrounding areas of San Diego, California

Poway Braces Launches New Website

The doctor and staff of Poway Braces are pleased to announce the launch of a new and improved website, designed to enhance patient access to important practice information, and increase communication between patients and staff. The site will also serve as a portal for important information about dental health, and will serve as a hub for ongoing information about maintaining good oral hygiene. The Blog will feature content from the desk of Dr. Thomas, along with announcements regarding ongoing in-office activities. We look forward to welcoming you to our new website, and our practice!