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.
For the benefits that orthodontic treatment provide without the cosmetic disadvantages that are so closely associated with wearing traditional braces, you can wear Invisalign, the clear braces alternative that also gives you a more comfortable experience, free of the concerns about mouth irritation and metal digging into your gums.
Our Wylie orthodontist is dedicated to your optimal oral health, and a big part of that is teeth that are straight and jaws that are properly aligned. Aside from the obvious drawbacks to how your smile looks when your teeth are crooked, there can also be discomfort involved, and your ability to floss effectively may also become compromised, making you more prone to tooth decay and gum disease. And while metal braces are still commonly used, there are some really good reasons why you might choose Invisalign instead. The most common reason is that you can have the care that you need without alerting the rest of the world to the fact that you’re wearing anything on your teeth. They’re invisible. No need to feel self-conscious at all. Also, you can remove Invisalign to eat, brush, and floss. So you won’t have to give up any of your favorite foods during treatment. And your oral hygiene will be more efficient without braces in the way. Our Wylie orthodontist makes these braces right here in our office, using state-of-the-art 3-D computer technology for the utmost in precision. You will wear as few as 12 and as many as 48 separate aligners, each for two weeks. It’s a process that moves your teeth into a more ideal position using the most advanced methods available.
Is Invisalign the right choice for you? Just call our office and schedule an examination and consultation with our Wylie orthodontist to find out if you’re a good candidate for it. If you have been avoiding getting the treatment you know you need, this could be the tipping point in getting you to move forward.
At the offices of Kevin L. Carlton, DDS, MS, our Abilene orthodontics office has been providing the best in dental orthodontics for many years. We provide interceptive orthodontics, which is a technique that addresses orthodontic problems in children between the ages of 7 and 11. It can result in fewer pulled teeth and better compliance by our young patients.
Most young patients did not begin orthodontic treatment until all of their permanent teeth had erupted. Afterwards, often a malocclusion was diagnosed and addressed. This usually happened around the age of 12, 13 or 14 years old. The problem with waiting this long was that it often necessitated our dentist to extract several permanent teeth in order to create space for Abilene orthodontics. Following these procedures and movement, it was necessary for patients to wear headgear and other orthodontic appliances. Teens were not happy about wearing these types of orthodontic appliances, which is why interceptive orthodontics was developed. Some of the techniques used in this phase include arch expansion. This allows more room for permanent teeth and enhances jaw growth and makes later orthodontic treatment much easier. This is called Phase 1 of a two step orthodontic treatment. Phase generally occurs closer to the time when standard orthodontics generally took place. Interceptive orthodontic techniques allows Phase 2 of the treatment to become shorter and less involved.
Our Abilene orthodontics office’s goal is to correct a malocclusion, also known as a bad bite. With a bad bite, teeth may be crowded or crooked. The upper and lower jaws may be out of alignment or uneven. This can cause more dental problems and can be expensive over time. These malocclusions are usually genetic or can be caused by poor oral habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting. Our orthodontic treatment addresses any or all of these problems. It helps to not only create an attractive smile but to develop a bite which can promote oral health by making teeth easier to clean. Crooked teeth are more apt to get food and debris caught between them, causing tooth decay and eventual tooth loss.