Are you looking for a professional who can help your child or teen have a straight smile? Have you waited until your adult years to fix your own crooked teeth? Here at Texas Dentistry, we’re happy to help patients of all ages straighten their smiles. While braces are most often associated with teenagers, adults are increasingly seeking treatment with traditional orthodontics. And with the latest advancements in dental technology, today’s braces are more comfortable and effective than ever before. Contact us to learn how you or your child could benefit from our orthodontic treatments!
When your child visits us for their routine checkups and cleanings, we can keep an eye on the ways in which their teeth are developing. If we suspect that serious orthodontic issues may arise in the future, we can do our best to prevent them with early treatment.
That said, some young patients will still require braces once all of their permanent teeth have erupted. If that is the case, our team will work closely with you and your little one on a personalized treatment plan to give them the beautiful, well-aligned smile they deserve.
Some estimates suggest that one out of every five orthodontic patients is an adult. Many of them wish to correct their crooked teeth for cosmetic reasons, but that’s not the only reason why you should straighten your smile. Bacteria can more easily hide among misaligned teeth, which increases your risk of getting cavities and gum disease. Additionally, bite alignment problems can contribute to bruxism (chronic teeth grinding) and place stress on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) that connects your jaw to your skull. These issues can cause headaches, neck pain, sore teeth, and can even damage your tooth enamel.
For many patients, the best way to achieve a straight smile is with traditional braces. Our team will always take the time to answer any questions you may have. We want you to not only fully understand your options, but know how each option leads to a beautifully healthy and straight smile.
To ensure successful treatment, braces need to be well maintained. Here are some tips for helping your braces stay in good condition:
At Texas Dentistry, we want you to have all the knowledge you need to make a confident choice about treatment that affect your or your child’s smile. That’s why we’re happy to answer any questions you may have during your appointment. In the meantime, though, we invite you to read through this list of questions that we get asked frequently about traditional orthodontics.
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, your child should be evaluated by an orthodontic professional by the age of seven. If we are able to detect and treat orthodontic problems early on, it can save your family time and money by avoiding the need for more difficult treatment later on.
Modern braces are much more comfortable than the braces your parents wore when they were younger. As a rule, when you first receive your braces or get them tightened, your mouth may be sore for a few days. However, it shouldn’t be painful. In most cases, your discomfort should be relieved by taking an over-the-counter pain medication as directed on the label. If you find that you’re experiencing outright pain, give us a call and we can see if something needs to be adjusted.
The length of treatment with traditional orthodontics can vary based on several factors, such as the current position of your teeth, your age, and how well you adhere to our guidance. On average, it takes traditional braces 12 to 18 months to fully straighten teeth, but in some cases, it may take up to 24 months or even longer. During your first visit, we can go over your projected treatment timeline and update you at your subsequent appointments.
Similarly, the cost of braces can vary from patient to patient depending on your age and the complexity of your case. Our team can look over your insurance plan to help you maximize your coverage. If you still need help funding your treatment, we accept low-interest third-party loans through CareCredit. As an alternative to traditional dental insurance, we offer an in-house membership plan. In exchange for a low, flat annual fee, our membership plan fully covers your preventive care and gives you a significant discount on all other procedures, including orthodontics.
Keep in mind that even if your braces seem expensive, they are an investment worth making. Straight teeth are not only widely considered more attractive, but they’re also easier to keep clean. As a result, you can save money by reducing your risk of needing treatment for cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues.
While most dental insurance plans do not cover orthodontic treatment for adults over the age of 18, many of them will put a certain dollar amount or cover a certain percentage of orthodontic treatment for children. Of course, every plan is different, so we’ll have to examine the specifics of yours. We work with virtually every dental insurance company, and can even offer in-network savings with many of them, including Aetna and Delta Dental.