Straighter teeth are much more attractive, of course, but they also carry a number of benefits that improve your oral health and function. Without crooked teeth and gaps to worry about, taking care of your teeth and gums will be much easier. Our Board-Certified orthodontist, Dr. Nathan Coughlin, has worked with both children and adults, and as a result he is highly adept at creating treatment plans that address each patient’s individual needs and lead to lifelong improvements. Does your child need braces in the near future, or have you been thinking of making a few corrections yourself? Don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation to discuss orthodontics in Dallas, TX by calling our orthodontic office near you.
With all the orthodontic options available today, traditional metal braces remain one of the most reliable, effective options when it comes to correcting severe orthodontic issues. Braces consist of several metal brackets attached to the teeth and held together by an orthodontic wire. With the wire held in place by elastics, the teeth will be gradually pushed towards a more ideal alignment.
It’s normal to be worried about having to wear braces for a long time, but they don’t have to have a negative impact on your appearance. The brackets and wires can be made from clear or tooth-colored materials instead of metal; they’ll still help adjust the teeth in the same way, but they won’t stand out nearly as much on the tooth, being much more subtle than traditional orthodontic appliances. You’ll be able to go to work or to special events with a since of ease and confidence that will make it much easier to smile.
For adults who want to make mild to moderate smile improvements, we have good news: it’s not too late for orthodontic treatment, and you may not even have to get braces. Instead, we can provide you with several Invisalign clear aligners, which are virtually invisible when worn on the teeth and can be taken out of the mouth for meals. You’ll be able to eat what you want, and you can feel free to smile at others without being concerned that they’ll see anything other than the improvements that Invisalign brings.
A traditional orthodontic treatment doesn’t normally start until all or most of your child’s permanent teeth emerge. That said, an initial orthodontic consultation is normally recommended around the age of seven so that we can check for early jaw and tooth alignment problems. If issues are found, we can use Phase 1 Pediatric Orthodontics to address them. Special orthodontic appliances can guide the growth and development of your little one’s teeth so that when they do receive braces, less treatment time will be required. In other words, having your child’s smile checked for problems now can save you time and money later on.