Emergency orthodontist Houston
An orthodontic emergency is something that should be handled right away. Orthodontic emergencies can happen due to many things. A loose bracket, a broken bracket or rubber band on braces, or anything lodged in the brace or tooth may qualify as an orthodontic emergency. At the offices of Kevin L. Carlton, DDS, MS, our emergency orthodontist Houston provides immediate care for patients who may be suffering from an orthodontic emergency.
If brackets have come loose, call our emergency orthodontist Houston to find out more about how we can help fix your loose brackets or wires. Wires can also come loose but patients can push the wire back in to prevent it from poking the mouth further. Brackets are also a major part of braces. They serve to hold the braces in place with the use of wires and are bonded with adhesive directly on the teeth. Brackets are stable and sturdy, but eating hard and crunchy foods can cause them to loosen. Sometimes direct trauma to the teeth can cause them to loosen as well. A mouth guard can be used to prevent this from happening.
Other problems that our emergency orthodontist Houston treats are irritated gums. The mouth, cheek, tongue or lips may all get irritated and need relief due to the tight braces. Sometimes adjustments to braces can help. If food gets stuck behind the braces, patients can use dental floss to get it out. If not, we can remove it for you at our offices. For a rubber band or brackets that have come loose, come into our offices so that we can make sure the braces are tight and without any other issues, which can harm the progress of the alignment of the teeth. Proper alignment is crucial so that the braces can be successful.
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.