What Is Orthodontics?

When considering orthodontics in Houston, TX many patients assume they are limited to traditional Braces. However, at Royal Dental, there are a number of options available to treat patients that would like to straighten their teeth. Schedule a consultation with the orthodontists at Royal Dental today to learn what treatment is best for you.

Orthodontics Benefits

Over a period of time, teeth will shift if constant, gentle pressure is applied. Brackets are bonded to the front surface of each tooth and wires are attached to the brackets with elastic bands. The slight tension on the wire is gently transferred to the bracket through the elastic band. Today’s orthodontic treatment is faster, comfortable and more fashionable than ever for children, teens, and adults.orthodontist Houston TX

At What Age Should Orthodontic Treatment Occur? 

The American Academy of Orthodontists recommends evaluation for each child around the age of 7. By this time, it is possible to predict whether or not sufficient room will be present for adult teeth to grow in straight. The exact timing of orthodontic treatment may vary from one patient to another. The earlier alignment problems can be identified, the earlier orthodontic treatment can begin.

Am I a Candidate for Orthodontic Treatment?

The most common and obvious sign that a person sees in crowded or crooked teeth, however, this is not the only sign of potential orthodontic issues.  Signs to look out for include:

  • Large overbites (when the upper teeth protrude out in front of the lower teeth)
  • Under-bites (when the lower teeth are in front of the upper teeth)
  • Pain or trouble when chewing or bitings
  • Thumb or finger sucking habits
  • Upper front teeth overlapping lower teeth by more than 50%
  • Baby teeth coming out too early
  • Baby teeth not falling out when adult teeth start growing in
  • Speech difficulties
  • Cross-bites (when lower teeth are inclined towards the cheek or upper teeth inclined towards tongue).

There are many more issues that can be of concern or can be difficult to diagnose.  Whenever you are in doubt, it is best to ask your general dentist about any concerns or schedule for a consultation with our orthodontist.

Orthodontic Treatments

Our Houston Orthodontists’ at Royal Dental offer many different orthodontic treatments to improve your smile and straighten your teeth. Orthodontic treatments offered at Royal Dental include:

  • Braces: Braces, one of the most common orthodontic devices, are bonded brackets, arch wires and elastic bands that gradually move crowded or spaced teeth into the proper position for improved appearance and function.
  • Clear Braces: Translucent “clear” braces and tooth colored ceramic brackets are available at Royal Dental, and provide a very pleasing aesthetic alternative to traditional metal braces.
  • Invisalign®Invisalign® is a non-metal approach to straighten your teeth and help you achieve a more beautiful, healthy smile. These almost invisible aligners are removable to allow for brushing and flossing during treatment to allow for the greatest level of patient comfort. 
  • Lingual Arch: A lower lingual arch is a space maintainer installed to assist the lower teeth. A lingual arch maintains molars where they are, it does not move them. It keeps the molars from migrating forward and prevents them from blocking off space of teeth that will develop later. Lingual arches are commonly used to address the early loss of baby teeth or when lower teeth are slightly crowded.
  • Palate Expander: A palatal expander is an appliance placed in the roof of the mouth to widen the upper dental arch, which allows the arch to be painlessly separated and spread. A treatment used for younger patients, many times a palatal expander can be used to create a proper alignment of the arches so permanent teeth have room to erupt in a natural position. Often, the use of an arch expander early may eliminate the need for braces later. 

Will Orthodontic Treatment Interfere With My Daily Activities?

Orthodontics does not interfere with daily activities such as playing an instrument or sports. Initially, there will be a period of adjusting and possibly even some mild discomfort while getting used to playing an instrument with braces.  As far as playing sports, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard while in orthodontic treatment.  Please feel free to discuss what type of sport you play with the orthodontist so that they can assist you in choosing the correct type of mouthguard.

Schedule a Consultation

For more information on braces, Invisalign, and other orthodontic treatments, call our Royal Dental offices at (713) 330-7700. Royal Dental serves Houston, Sugar Land, Pearland, Humble, Baytown and surrounding areas in Texas.


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