Surgical Orthodontics

Surgical orthodontics, or orthognathic surgery, is the surgical correction of jaw abnormalities when orthodontics alone cannot fix the underlying causes. In these types of procedures an orthodontist and a maxillofacial surgeon work as a team to achieve the best potential outcome. The orthodontist places the teeth in the correct position and the surgeon will reposition […]


TMJ: Temporomandibular Joint It is the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull. You can feel its movement about 10-15mm in front of your ears on each side. It is the only joint in the body that is bilateral. This unique structure requires precise balance not only between the supporting muscle of one […]

Teeth Whitening

Over the past two decades, teeth whitening has become one of the most popular esthetic dental treatments. It gained its popularity partly due to the fact that it is one of the fastest ways to improve one’s smile.  This page is focused on information about whitening treatment. If you are a patient at AvA Orthodontics […]

Wisdom Tooth Surgery

Thousands of years ago, our ancestors used to eat uncooked meat, raw plant roots and use their teeth as tools for some daily activities! These particular uses of their jaws required stronger muscle and well-developed jawbones which in turn make more room available for all teeth to grow in; including a wisdom tooth.  As our […]


Below is a list of appliances commonly used at AvA Orthodontics. For each appliance, there are detailed instructions about how to take care of it at home. If you want to know more about the appliance and why Dr. Amin Movahhedian and Dr. Hamed Vaziri utilize them, please contact our office. Space Maintainers If for […]


It doesn’t matter if you had orthodontic treatment or not; your teeth move constantly through your life, about .5 millimeters a year. If you don’t hold them in their place, they will shift. Retainers are designed to keep your teeth from shifting. There are two main types of orthodontics retainers, fixed or removable. When it […]