Benefits of Orthodontics in Houston and Surrounding Areas
When considering orthodontics in Houston and surrounding areas, many patients assume they are limited to traditional braces. However, at Royal Dental, there are many options available to treat patients that would like to straighten their teeth and correct their smile. Schedule a consultation with the orthodontists at Royal Dental today to learn what treatment is best for you. 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, more comfortable, and more fashionable than ever for children, teens, and adults.
Types of Orthodontics Offered
Our 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: 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®: A non-metal approach to straighten your teeth and help you achieve a more beautiful, healthy smile. These almost invisible aligners are removable, allowing you to brush and floss during treatment.
- Lingual Arch: A lower lingual arch is a space maintainer installed to assist the lower teeth. A lingual arch maintains molars where they are without moving 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: This appliance is 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.