Orthodontics

Orthodontics in Denton, TX

Orthodontics is the dental specialty of changing the alignment of teeth and jaws. Now, thanks to modern dental techniques, there are a few options to choose from. Which type of orthodontics you choose can be a difficult decision and one that should be made with the help of an expert like the professionals at Denton Family Dentistry in Denton, TX.

Orthodontic techniques are used to correct a variety of alignment problems with your teeth and jaws including:

  • Poorly aligned or crowded teeth
  • Spaces between teeth
  • An underbite caused when lower teeth protrude in front of upper teeth
  • An overbite caused when upper teeth bite over lower teeth
  • A crossbite caused when upper and lower jaws can’t close together
  • An open bite caused when upper and lower front teeth don’t bite together

Types of Orthodontic Appliances

All orthodontic appliances work essentially the same way: by employing light, constant force to move teeth into proper alignment. But how we apply these forces can vary, as numerous innovations have become available in recent years. Some of the newer, less visible orthodontic appliances have been designed to blend more easily into an adult's personal and professional lifestyle. Types of orthodontic appliances include:

Traditional Metal Braces | Denton, TX OrthodonticsTraditional Metal Braces — This is probably what you think of when you picture someone wearing braces: small metal brackets bonded to the front of the teeth. A thin wire runs through the brackets and is attached on either end to metal bands that go around a back molar.

 

Clear Braces | Denton, TX OrthodonticsClear Braces — Instead of highly noticeable metal brackets, you can have clear ones made of ceramic, plastic or a combination of both. They are hardly visible, except for the thin wire running through, but they are more susceptible to breakage than metal braces.

 

Clear Orthodontic Aligners | Denton, TX OrthodonticsClear Aligners — As an alternative to the fixed type of orthodontic appliances mentioned above, clear aligners are removable. They are actually a series of clear plastic “trays” that fit over your teeth exactly. Each tray is part of a series of trays that move your teeth a little bit at a time until they are in the proper position. Your trays are designed with the help of specialized computer software that generates a virtual model of your bite.

 

Lingual Braces | Denton, TX OrthodonticsLingual Braces — These metal braces are bonded to the back of your teeth (tongue side) so that no one can see them. That is the plus side. On the minus side, they can be more difficult to get used to wearing, and are more expensive than traditional braces.

 

After Treatment

Wearing a retainer after orthodontic treatment is crucial, no matter which type of appliance you choose and what age you happen to be. Teeth that are not held in place by a retainer long enough for new supporting bone to develop around them can drift back to their original positions, and that's certainly not something you want to see happen. You will be instructed on how to retain your new, more beautiful smile so that it continues to make you look and feel great for years to come.

 

Interested in Orthodontic treatment? Call Denton Family Dentistry in Denton, TX today at (940) 591-9700 to schedule your intial consultation.

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