Orthodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and correction of malocclusions or improper bites. Malocclusions can be in the form of crowded, crooked, or gapped teeth, as well as overbites and underbites. Some malocclusions are inherited, while others can be caused by injury to the mouth, early or late loss of baby teeth, or thumb-sucking and tongue-thrusting habits. There is no age limit for orthodontic treatment, so adults can easily achieve a straighter smile, as well.
Orthodontic treatment can be started at any age, as long as the teeth and gums are healthy. We recommend an initial orthodontic screening at age 7. Although orthodontic treatment may not be necessary at this age, your orthodontist can determine whether treatment may be required in the future.
Invisalign® is an orthodontic system that uses clear, removable aligners to gently move teeth into proper alignment. Invisalign® aligners can be taken out to eat, drink, brush, and floss. The aligners should be worn for 22 hours per day. Invisalign® aligners are made from smooth, BPA-free plastic. Since they are removable, Invisalign® aligners will not interfere with normal brushing and flossing.
Traditional braces are cemented to the teeth and remain in place until treatment is completed and the teeth are aligned correctly. The brackets are attached to the teeth, and a wire is threaded through them, guiding the teeth into place. The brackets are periodically switched out with different ones, each one serving a different purpose. Patients should visit our office every 4-6 weeks so their brackets can be switched out.
Retainers are orthodontic devices used to hold teeth in their new positions after braces are removed. While you’re wearing your retainer, it’s important to follow the instructions for wearing and caring for your retainer. If you do not, your teeth may shift, and your orthodontic treatment won’t be successful.
Retainers need to be worn full-time after braces are removed. For the first six months, you need to wear your retainer all the time except while eating and brushing your teeth. At night, take it out and clean it thoroughly before you put it in your mouth. After six months, you can cut down the number of hours per day you wear your retainer, but wearing it at night is still important.
To find out more about the dental services offered at All About Dentistry, Dentist in Garland TX call (972) 414-8800 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 1922 Belt Line Rd, Garland, TX 75044.