Orthodontist in Houston
At the offices of Kevin L. Carlton, DDS, our orthodontist in Houston specializes in clear braces for kids and adults. Orthodontics are used to align teeth that are out of alignment.
We take great pride in being able to help our patients have a brighter and healthier smile, which is why we take the time first to educate them on proper oral hygiene regimens before recommending their braces. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean, which results in less tooth decay, cavities and other dental problems that can lead to missing teeth.During your first appointment with our orthodontist in Houston, we’ll check for malocclusions and then figure out the correct degree of alignment needed to straighten teeth. The goal of braces is to correct any malocclusions or bad bites. This includes crooked upper or lower jaws as well as crowded teeth. We will also discuss with you the different types of orthodontic services offered. We offer clear braces, clear aligners like Invisalign, and traditional braces. All of these kinds of braces work in the same way. The choice depends on personal preference or the amount of alignment needed. Our dentist will recommend what kind of braces are needed as well.Invisalign is one of the best types of orthodontics on the market today.
This is a revolutionary new style of braces that uses clear plastic aligners to gently move teeth into proper position over time. These braces are virtually invisible as the name goes. The course of treatment for Invisalign and clear braces is about the same as traditional braces, which can take anywhere from one to two years. It all depends on the level of alignment needed. Invisalign can be taken out and removed for special occasions and for brushing and flossing. For more information, contact our orthodontist in Houston.
Houston orthodontic office
It’s important that you have access to urgent orthodontic care when it’s necessary, and that is something we’re proud to provide here at the office of Kevin L. Carlton DDS MS. Count on us to address your orthodontic emergencies promptly.
Our Houston orthodontic office will fix your braces that have sustained a lost, broken, or protruding wire or ligature. You have to be very careful when this occurs, because you risk an injury to your tongue, lips, or cheeks from the sharp edges. Do not cut the wire yourself, because there is a very real risk of you accidentally swallowing it. Rather, use the eraser at the end of a pencil or a piece of orthodontic wax to push the wire back into its proper position. This is a temporary measure, of course, and you should visit our Houston orthodontic office as soon after as possible. If you do get scratched or cut, rinse with warm salt water followed by antiseptic rinse to help prevent infection. To manage any discomfort, take over-the-counter pain relief medication. When a bracket gets knocked loose, you can again use orthodontic wax. Place it over the bracket to keep from getting cut. And it is not uncommon to experience some mouth irritation when you first start wearing your braces. If this happens at any time, be assured that it will not last for very long. Take over-the-counter pain relievers and rinse with warm salt water in the meantime. Of course, you can always come in to have your issues tended to, and when it comes to damage that has affected your braces, you most certainly should. Get the expert attention to ensure that your braces are in proper repair.
Contact our Houston orthodontic office right away to arrange a timely appointment to come in for your emergency matter.
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.