Expert Orthodontists in West Covina and Pasadena, California.

Wearing braces might sound like an inconvenience, especially during adulthood. But with self-ligating braces from Karen Guinn, DDS, at The Smile Agency Orthodontics & Smile Design in West Covina and Pasadena, California, you can finish your treatment quickly. To learn more about braces and how they can transform your smile, call The Smile Agency Orthodontics & Smile Design or book an appointment online today.



Braces are metal brackets fixed to your teeth with a wire running through them. Dr. Guinn tightens the wire regularly to help guide your teeth into a straighter position. Braces help you avoid complications like tooth damage and cavities that come from having moderate to severe misalignment.
By wearing braces, you can fix:

    Crooked teeth.
    Crowded teeth.
    Open bite.
    Wide spaces between teeth.
    Teeth that don’t fit together comfortably.

Dr. Guinn examines your teeth and jaw before treatment to create a personalized plan with braces. While you might see more children than adults with braces, you can get braces to adjust your smile at any age.

We are modern. We are experts. We are centrally located in West Covina and Pasadena.


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Get The Smile You Always Wanted

At The Smile Agency Orthodontics & Smile Design, Dr. Guinn uses the latest technology in orthodontics to give you a straighter smile. She offers:


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Our office is pleased to offer our patients passive self-ligating Damon System braces. Damon braces use a slide mechanism to hold the archwire, reducing the amount of pressure exerted on the teeth and allowing the teeth to move more freely, quickly, and comfortably. If you are looking to get some of the best results from Damon braces Pasadena & West Covina patients can depend on, visit Dr. Karen Guinn and her team at The Smile Agency in either Pasadena or West Covina.


● Great results in less time. Depending on your case, this may mean a savings of many months. ● Damon braces allow freedom of movement – resulting in faster results with gentler forces.● Precise and effective – We can reduce the need for many of the time-consuming and complicated procedures that are used with traditional braces.● Fewer adjustments are required – As a result, your appointments will be faster and fewer.● Less discomfort than traditional braces. Also, Damon self-litigating braces are small, very comfortable, and easy to keep clean.● Self-ligating braces use a specialized clip in place of elastics to help the archwire guide teeth into place. These clips help reduce the amount of pressure being placed on the tooth and require fewer adjustments because there are no elastics to replace.


Damon's passive self-ligating braces eliminate the need for elastic or metal “ties.” With Damon tie-less braces you can experience treatment without tightening.

Treatment Time

While the time needed in braces will vary from case to case, treatment time with the Damon System is typically much faster than with conventional braces. Also, far fewer appointments are required during treatment, making your Damon experience convenient.


Even though the Damon System works so quickly, the use of gentle, low-friction force means less discomfort for you. Very light “shape memory” titanium wires are used, gently guiding your teeth to their ideal position.


Damon self litigating braces are designed to be discreet, comfortable, and easy to keep clean. Without the elastic ties, which attract and collect plaque, Damon braces make dental hygiene easy during treatment. Plus, the Damon System is available in clear braces for patients who want a great smile without sacrificing aesthetics. If you are looking to achieve a completely metal-less, clear smile, look into Invisalign.

Thanks to these innovative new braces, achieving your perfect smile can be faster and easier than you ever thought possible!


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Get The Smile You Always Wanted

Throughout your treatment, Dr. Guinn provides detailed instructions for caring for your braces. You’ll need to attend regular appointments for cleaning and maintenance with Dr. Guinn, but there are steps you can take at home to make your treatment as efficient and complication-free as possible. Braces care involves:

Avoiding chewy or sticky foods (gum, taffy, bagels)

Avoid solid or crunchy foods (chips, ice cubes, corn on the cob)

Brushing after every meal or snack

Using a soft-bristled toothbrush

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Rinsing your mouth with water regularly

Dr. Guinn also tells you what to expect and what is and isn’t a problem. With braces, you might experience some soreness and even teeth that feel loose. These are both normal and have no cause for concern.
To help you avoid irritation inside your mouth, Dr. Guinn places a small amount of wax over braces that rub against your cheeks and lips as you get used to wearing your braces.

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Visit our experienced family orthodontist for all your dental needs!

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