A single smile can light up a room, turn someone’s bad day around, give someone reassurance and even help make a friend.

If your smile is less than perfect, it’s never too late (or too early) to correct any issues that prevent you from showing off your pearly whites.

OrthoWorks in Antioch is part of an orthodontics group that has over 100 years of combined experience and has helped over 60,000 patients share their smiles every day. 

The award-winning practice has been providing beautiful, healthy smiles for children and adults for over 30 years and has a total of 12 locations throughout the Bay Area, including Antioch.

“It feels amazing to help people feel more confident about their smile and themselves,” said Dr. Joan Lowe-Ching, associate orthodontist at OrthoWorks. “From heartfelt words of gratitude to tears of joy, it has been great experiencing a changing smile with my patients.”

Lowe-Ching was inspired to become an orthodontist when she was 10 years old.

“My own orthodontic treatment at the age of 10 showed me how much of a difference braces can make not only with my teeth but with my self-esteem,” she said. “Since then, I have always been interested in orthodontics and am so grateful to be in this great profession that can truly change people’s lives.”

According to Lowe-Ching, the OrthoWorks team meets regularly to discuss best treatments for patients. 

“All of our doctors work together to provide the best care for our patients in a consistent manner,” said Lowe-Ching. “Having multiple locations makes it easy for patients to see any of our orthodontists if they happen to be away from their home office.”

Offering the best treatment plans for their patients includes using the latest technological developments in the field as well as many options for how to achieve the desired smile.

For those not wanting traditional braces, OrthoWorks is a leading Invisalign provider.

Dr. David Shen, CEO and founder of Orthoworks Invisalign and Orthodontics Group, has over 25 years of experience in the exclusive practice of orthodontics and has become recognized as one of the top five most experienced Invisalign doctors in the world. Shen is a member of the Top 1% Elite Provider Club. He served as a faculty member at UCSF and lectures internationally. Shen has been invited to speak at the American Association of Orthodontists Annual Convention.

OrthoWorks also offers different options for braces. Metal braces, the most common, are made of high-grade stainless steel with modern designs that are comfortable and attractive. Damon braces have no elastic or steel ties, which creates less friction and results in greater comfort and often reduced treatment times. Ceramic braces are made of translucent, clear material and are most popular with adult patients. Incognito braces are placed on the back of your teeth and cannot be seen easily.

OrthoWorks also offers different finance options.

“We work with our patients to find a financing option that works for them, so they can feel happy and comfortable about their journey to a new smile,” said Lowe-Ching.

Many patients also find OrthoWorks’ hours of operation to be convenient. 

“We care about our patients’ time and the importance of their daily activities, so we offer early morning, after-school, late evening and Saturday appointments,” said Lowe-Ching.

Dr. Lowe-Ching recommends that children should have their first orthodontic evaluation at age 7 to determine if there are any problems with the growth of the jaw or eruption of permanent teeth.

“If there are no major concerns, treatment can often be delayed until most of the adult teeth have erupted,” said Lowe-Ching. 

If the orthodontist sees a problem while primary teeth are still present, early treatment can help prevent more serious problems from developing and make later treatment shorter and less complicated.

The result for those who have received braces is transformational.

“My daughter had braces for less than two years and is much more confident and smiles so much more,” said Brentwood resident Stephanie Dourgarian. “They straightened a tooth on the bottom that was almost completely turned around and straightened the top teeth by pulling them together.”

Those who visit OrthoWorks can expect a family-friendly atmosphere and top-notch care.

“A smile says a lot about a person,” said Shen. “It can be a symbol of good health, confidence and self-esteem. It might even be the difference between feeling comfortable and accepted instead of isolated and excluded. That’s why OrthoWorks puts special attention on helping our patients develop beautiful smiles, so they can focus on their lives.”

OrthoWorks is located at 5117 Lone Tree Way, in Antioch. For more information and additional locations, visit www.orthoworks.com or call 925-777-9922.