Whether they’re for correcting your teen’s dental development or creating the ideal smile you’ve been wishing for as an adult, traditional braces are often the best solution for misaligned teeth. At Texas Dentistry, our dentists are happy to work with patients young and old to create the straighter, healthier smiles that they deserve. If you think someone in your family could benefit from braces, call us today to schedule a consultation and learn what traditional orthodontics have to offer.
While we’re examining your child’s smile during their routine examinations, we’ll keep an eye out for alignment issues and other orthodontic problems that might develop over the years. If we can address these problems as early as possible, we can potentially stop your child from needing more advanced orthodontic care later in life. If they do still need correction as a teen, we can use braces to address all kinds of issues, from the comparatively mild to the particularly severe. The exact amount of time required for the treatment will vary from patient to patient; we will be sure to walk you and your little one through the treatment plan.
Roughly a quarter of all orthodontic patients are adults, whether the treatment is strictly for cosmetic reasons or to improve oral health. Living with misaligned teeth can increase your risk for cavities, gum disease, bruxism (teeth grinding), and TMJ problems. Braces are just as effective on older patients as they are for younger ones. The treatment might take longer due to the fact that the mouth has stopped growing, but the end results will be no less beautiful for it. We can figure out the type of orthodontic corrections that you need during your first consultation.
To make sure your orthodontic treatment is successful, it’s important to protect your braces by:
Whether you are a parent with a child that needs traditional braces or you’re an adult who never got to complete treatment in the first place, Texas Dentistry is always prepared to answer your questions in great detail. Below, we’ve gathered a handful of the questions we hear the most at our office, so you can easily review them on your own time. However, if you have a question that is not listed, please get in touch with us directly and we’ll do our best to help you out however we can.
Not only do we recommend it, but it’s also recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists to bring your child in for a detailed evaluation once they reach the age of seven. The sooner we can catch underlying problems, such as misalignment, rotations, an uneven bite, or other concerns, the sooner we can take the right steps to correct them before they become far more difficult to address later. Of course, that doesn’t mean adults can’t still pursue traditional orthodontics if they want to.
Yes you can. The moment teeth are missing, neighboring teeth will begin to shift into the gaps as a way to compensate. As a result, you may experience functional, esthetic, and even periodontal issues later in life. By pursuing orthodontic treatment, you can correct and prevent these problems from occurring. Additionally, it can work to help our orthodontist, Dr. Patenaude, provide proper alignment should you decide to replace missing teeth in the future.
Over the years, orthodontic treatments have only gotten better. Braces are much smaller than they have been in the past, making them more comfortable to wear for long periods of time. This means braces only cause mild soreness in teeth for a few days after adjustments. If you’d like to get immediate relief for this soreness, over-the-counter painkillers can help. Of course, this is only recommended if you do not have any allergies to them.
While it’s always best to bring your child in for an appointment so our team can complete a detailed exam, we also want you to be on the lookout for any early signs that orthodontic problems may be present. A few signs that your child might need braces include:
In most cases, dental insurance plans won’t cover traditional orthodontic care for those who are over 18 years of age. However, those who are under 18 can often get partial coverage for orthodontics, often up to 50%. Our office is happy to provide alternative financing options to make your care affordable if your insurance does not provide coverage. This could be through CareCredit or through discounts provided by our in-house membership plan.
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