Houston Dental Treatment
Having crooked, crowded, and just basically improperly aligned teeth is a cosmetic issue for many people, but it’s also one that has an affect on your dental well-being. For one thing, when teeth are crooked or crowded, it is very difficult to effectively floss between them. That puts you at an increased risk of both tooth decay and gum disease. And there is often discomfort involved with poorly positioned teeth. At the office of Kevin L Carlton DDS MS, you can take advantage of our Houston dental treatment to correct the problems you have with your teeth.
Orthodontic treatment, typically with braces, is a method of care that has an impressive history. By putting just the right amount of pressure on your teeth, they are pushed gently but firmly toward the position that is most beneficial. How long does this take? It varies based on many factors, including the severity of the positioning at the time that treatment starts, and what type of braces or device is chosen from among what we have available with our Houston dental treatment. But as a basic rule, you should expect that it will be between one and three years in total. You will come in periodically for checkups to determine your progress and to make any necessary adjustments. When our Houston dental treatment is completed, and your teeth are aligned in the way that they should be, there may be a period of time where a retainer is used to maintain the progress that has already been made. Sometimes, teeth will slide back into their old positions initially, and we don’t want you to lose out on what you’ve gained from that time and effort you’ve put in.
Simply call our office and let us book you a convenient time to come in for an orthodontic evaluation.
Clear braces in Abilene
At our orthodontic practice, we treat patients with all kinds of bite problems. For this reason, we need to offer many different types of orthodontic solutions. At our office, Carlton Orthodontics, we offer many different types of braces, including clear braces in Abilene and traditional braces.
When you come to our orthodontic practice to see our orthodontist, Dr. Kevin L. Carlton, for a consultation, our orthodontist will closely examine your bite and let you know the different orthodontic treatments that are available to you. Many times, the treatment that a patient decides upon has to do with their personal preferences or possibly even with their budget. Traditional metal braces use metal wires and brackets to straighten teeth. The good news is that today’s metal braces are quite different from the metal braces of years ago. The wire brackets are much smaller and smoother, and the braces are much more comfortable for the patient to wear. These newer metal braces are also and much less obtrusive to the patient’s smile. Ceramic braces are similar to traditional braces in that they use wires and brackets, as well. However, ceramic braces use materials which allow them to be clear or to match the patient’s tooth color. We also offer clear braces at our orthodontic practice. We find that the Simpli5 system is the best aligner system to treat minor to intermediate bite problems. This clear braces system uses sequential trays to move your teeth into position for your new desired smile. A great benefit of getting clear braces in Abilene is that our patients are able to wear them without anyone even noticing that they are having orthodontic care. This type of discrete orthodontic treatment is excellent for people who will be embarrassed by being seen wearing metal wires and brackets on their teeth. Many adults and older teens enjoy this particular treatment option, when it is available for them.
For an appointment to meet with our orthodontist to learn more about clear braces in Abilene, contact us today.
Abilene orthodontic office
Welcome to the offices of Kevin L. Carlton DDS, MS. At our Abilene orthodontic office, we offer the highest quality orthodontic services in a relaxed atmosphere. We offer interceptive orthodontics as well as traditional orthodontics, so that our patients can be happy with their smiles and have straighter, better teeth.
Interceptive orthodontics done in our Abilene orthodontic office help to fix orthodontic problems that happen to kids and young adults between the ages of 7 and 11. This helps to cut back on the need for teeth extractions to make room for traditional orthodontic movement and requiring the use of headgear and other orthodontic appliance types. The techniques used in interceptive orthodontics include arch expansion, which helps to allow permanent teeth to come in properly with enough room, and growth appliances, which help to promote jaw growth and help with later orthodontic treatment. These are known as Phase 1 of the orthodontic treatment process. Phase 2 happens when the standard orthodontics finally take place. But Phase 1 helps to allow Phase 2 be a shorter and easier process than without the interception. Ultimately, the goal of orthodontics is to correct something called a malocclusion, or a bad bite within the mouth. This can happen if teeth are too crowded, crooked, or out of alignment. Even if the teeth appear straight, a malocclusion can exist, causing future dental issues.
Malocclusions can be hereditary or developmental. They can also form from poor oral habits, such as tongue thrusting and thumb sucking. The placement of orthodontics can help to address these issues, creating a straighter and more attractive smile and to help promote good oral health with a proper bite occlusion. Having crooked teeth can lead to gum disease and tooth decay, because it is harder to clean the teeth properly. The orthodontic process done at our Abilene orthodontic office will slowly move the teeth into their proper position using corrective appliances such as retainers and braces. Brackets and wires that are tightened into place guide the movement of each tooth over time until they are in the proper position and the malocclusion is finally corrected.