Children are prime candidates for orthodontic appliances. Not only will they enjoy the benefits of a straight smile for many years to come, but their jaws are constantly growing and changing to accommodate the needs of braces, retainers, and spacers. Addressing your child’s orthodontic issues at a young age allows them to confidently enjoy their smiles well into adulthood.
Orthodontics at Texas All Smiles
The beauty of a straight smile conveys health and vitality. Straight teeth aren’t just beautiful, they’re more functional too. At Texas All Smiles, we’re committed to enhancing the beauty of your teeth so you can enjoy your smile for years to come.
Orthodontists are dental specialists who work to bring the teeth and jaw into their ideal position for optimal oral health. While it’s more common for children and young teens to visit orthodontists to monitor or correct complications with emerging permanent teeth, many adults are seeking the benefits of orthodontic treatments as well.
You’re never too old to achieve the smile you desire. More adults than ever are pursuing orthodontics to improve the aesthetic and function of their smiles. With more advanced ways to achieve straighter teeth, you no longer have to rely on traditional metal braces for stunning results. Instead, we offer treatments like ClearCorrect that are more discreet, so you can beautify your teeth without the embarrassment of metal braces.
Types of Braces
Dental braces have come a long way since they were invented in the 1800s. Today, there are various tooth-straightening options, each of which offers different benefits. Currently, the most popular types of braces include:
- ClearCorrect – This modern orthodontic treatment is highly popular among adults who want to straighten their smiles discreetly. ClearCorrect orthodontics is a system of customized plastic trays that are worn day and night, with the exception of when a patient is eating, brushing, and flossing. The invisible trays are switched out every couple of weeks until a desirable result is achieved.
- Lingual Braces – These metal braces attach to the backs of your teeth and aren’t visible to other people.
- Ceramic Braces – These braces work like traditional metal braces, except that the brackets bonded to the teeth are made of ceramic to help prevent staining. They can also be color-matched to blend with your teeth.
- Metal Braces – These are traditional braces most often used for children and teenagers. Metal braces are the most affordable option and use a system of brackets and wires to move your teeth over time.
Benefits of Braces
Did you know that you don’t need to have crooked teeth to benefit from braces? Even patients with a little bit of crowding can benefit from orthodontic treatment. When teeth are properly aligned, patients can better clean between them, preventing decay and gum disease.
Furthermore, teeth that are optimally aligned can help remedy malocclusion complications, such as headaches.
We Want You to Love Your Smile
At Texas All Smiles, the purpose of our practice is to improve the quality of your smile at an affordable cost. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Stroumpos by calling (281) 286-3838. No matter your age, you can glow confidently with a perfect smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to visit an orthodontist?
You only need to visit an orthodontist if one or more of your teeth are improperly aligned. Keep in mind that adults and children can both benefit from orthodontic treatments.
Unfortunately, most people believe that orthodontic treatments are purely cosmetic — however, when teeth are misaligned, they place more strenuous forces on your bite and may wear down faster. Crooked teeth may also lead to:
- Gum disease
- TMJ disorder
- Digestive issues
- Speech difficulties
- Decreased confidence
When is the ideal time for my child to see an orthodontist?
The best age for a child to visit an orthodontist for the first time is age seven. Though not all orthodontic issues can be addressed at this age, many of them can at least be identified.
An orthodontist may be able to pinpoint potential issues with crowding, alignment, protruding teeth, under-bites, and more. Dealing with these issues right away may decrease the need for longer and more costly treatments in the future.
What are some signs that you would benefit from orthodontic treatment?
Only your dentist can determine whether you should consult with an orthodontist about possible treatment. However, there are some common signs that you may benefit from orthodontic treatment. These include:
- Teeth that overlap
- Jaws that click or ‘pop’ when opening and closing
- Difficulty chewing
- Facial asymmetry
- Mouth breathing
- Teeth grinding or clenching
- Difficulty with speech
If you or your child need orthodontic treatment, schedule a consultation with Dr. Stroumpos by calling (281) 286-3838. During the consultation, Dr. Stroumpos will evaluate your oral health and create a customized treatment plan to meet your needs.
How long does orthodontic treatment take?
Orthodontic treatment typically requires a long-term commitment. Depending on your needs, you can expect to wear an appliance anywhere from one to three years. The first step is to contact our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Stroumpos.
During the consultation, you’ll discuss your smile goals and Dr. Stroumpos will examine your oral health before providing a customized treatment plan that will include an estimated time frame.
What is an Orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the treatment of crooked or misaligned teeth. Contrary to popular belief, this branch of dentistry is not merely about the cosmetic appearance of patients’ smiles, but also about their oral health.
Patients who visit an orthodontist for treatment often find it easier to brush their teeth and floss. This significantly reduces the risk of developing tooth decay or periodontal disease. Some of the conditions orthodontists treat include:
- Overbite, underbite, open bite, and crossbite
- Gaps and spacing between the teeth
- Overcrowded teeth
Do I need to follow my orthodontist’s post-op instructions?
For the best outcome, it’s important that you follow Dr. Stroumpos’s recommendations between orthodontic appointments. Also, never leave our office without the supplies necessary to facilitate post-op care.
This may include orthodontic wax to protect your cheeks and gums from poking wires, or obtaining enough elastic bands and cleaning aids to last until your next visit.
Will my post-op instructions apply to every visit?
Your instructions may vary between visits, so be sure to listen to Dr. Stroumpos carefully. There may be some visits where you’re told to wear elastics or activate your expander until your next visit.
It’s important to never leave your orthodontist’s office until you have a thorough understanding of your responsibilities at home. Continue to use proper brushing and flossing techniques, visit your dentist for periodic cleanings and examinations, and contact our office if you have any post-op questions.