Orthodontics

Orthodontics

Oral health is an essential and important window to your overall health. Orthodontic treatment ensures that your teeth are functioning properly and creating a healthy smile. Some people suffer from bite problems, misaligned or misshapen teeth, crowded teeth, etc. It is good to address such problems at an early age. 

Misaligned teeth are harder to clean and may lead to abnormal wearing of your teeth enamel. Orthodontic treatments involve changes in jawbones, facial bones, and soft tissues as we move your teeth into their desired position, thus improving your smile and tooth functionality. 

When you visit us for orthodontic treatment, we start with carrying out your dental examination. We may also study your dental records, like models of your teeth and X-rays. After this, we will customize your treatment plan and ensure that you attain the best treatment results. 

What are the Advantages of Orthodontic Treatment? 

  • Orthodontic treatments are primarily used to improve tooth functionality in adults and children. 
  • Bringing your little one for orthodontic treatment at an early age ensures that they maintain an enhanced smile, improved tooth functionality, and better oral health in the long run. 
  • The results of orthodontic treatment are permanent. 
  • Brushing, flossing, and carrying out other oral hygiene practices becomes easier. 

When Do I Need an Orthodontic Treatment? 

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth in children call for orthodontic treatment. 
  • You may opt for the treatment if you have difficulty chewing or biting food. 
  • Your child may require an orthodontic treatment if they suck their thumb or fingers or have bad oral habits. 
  • Mouth breathing is another sign you may need orthodontic treatment. 
  • Orthodontic treatment is required in case of other problems like crowded, misplaced, blocked-out, or protruding teeth, poorly aligned jaw, difficulty speaking, teeth grinding, etc. 

What are the Options of Orthodontic Treatments? 

  • Traditional Braces 

Conventional braces include wires that connect to brackets attached to the surface of your teeth. When the wires are tightened, they apply gentle pressure on your teeth, thus helping to guide them in an ideal position. They are suitable for both adults and children. 

  • Invisalign 

Invisalign is looked upon as an increasingly sought-after alternative to traditional braces. While braces have a wired appearance, Invisalign appears near-invisible. We will give you customized clear aligner trays to wear for 22 hours a day. These trays have to ideally be changed every two weeks. 

  • Bone Grafting 

Orthodontic treatment also includes bone grafting surgery if you do not have enough jawbone for other procedures like dental implants. Even if you have a broader jaw, this procedure shapes it and gives you sharp features. 

To find out more about the dental services offered at South Friendswood Dental, call (281) 481-7731 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 699 S Friendswood, Dr Suite, #108, Friendswood, TX 77546.