If you suffer from a degree of dental misalignment, you have numerous treatment options in front of you. One of the most reliable ways to straighten teeth is traditional orthodontics, also called traditional braces. This method is able to address even the most severe cases — plus, the metal braces of today are more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing than those of generations past. If you are considering orthodontic treatment for yourself or your child, braces may be the ideal solution.
When you bring your child to us for their routine checkups, we carefully monitor the development and positioning of their teeth. If we notice any misalignment, we will talk to you about your young one’s orthodontic treatment options. Addressing crooked teeth and bite problems as early as possible can prevent future complications and help incoming teeth to emerge in their proper positions.
Some young patients require two phases of orthodontic treatment: one relatively early in their life, and another after all of their permanent teeth have erupted. However, each case is unique; some patients can complete their childhood treatment and enjoy excellent dental alignment for a lifetime.
While many people consider traditional braces to be solely for children and teens, that is far from the truth! Patients of virtually any age can benefit from them. In fact, millions of adults undergo orthodontic treatment every year. Adults often choose braces rather than other teeth-straightening options because braces are relatively affordable, and they have a long history of producing desirable results.
We will coach you on the best way to care for both your braces and your teeth during your treatment. Here are some tips to get you started:
Are you thinking about getting traditional orthodontics for yourself or your child? Contact Texas Dentistry today to schedule your consultation.
Are you a parent with a child that needs traditional braces and aren’t sure where to turn? Thinking of pursuing orthodontic treatment for yourself? At Texas Dentistry, we’re ready to take your questions and give you detailed answers so you can make the most informed decision regarding your oral health. Below, you can read through the most common questions we hear for your convenience. However, if there’s another question you’d like addressed, please give us a call.
They sure are! When teeth are removed or lost, remaining teeth will begin to move out of place. This overcompensation can lead to functional, esthetic, and periodontal problems later on. By completing orthodontic treatments like traditional braces, you can counter the shift of your existing teeth. Dr. Patenaude is happy to walk you through the process and help your teeth achieve proper alignment. Doing this can also make the tooth replacement process easier should you decide to begin treatment afterwards.
Orthodontic treatments have only improved over the years, making them more comfortable as well to use. For example, the individual components tend to be smaller than they have been previously, which means wearing them for months and years at a time has only gotten easier for parents and children alike. Following adjustments, you may experience a small amount of soreness, but this is a normal part of the orthodontic process. Of course, you can also take over-the-counter painkillers if needed.
Our office (as well as the American Association of Orthodontists) recommends that you bring your child in for a detailed orthodontic evaluation once they are seven years old. By doing so, we can catch underlying problems much sooner, whether they be rotations in teeth, misalignment, an uneven bite, or other problems related to their mouth and jaw. Doing this also ensures we can correct them before they become more severe and take more time to resolve.
Dental insurance generally doesn’t cover traditional braces if the patient is over 18, but exceptions can be made for those who are under 18. In most cases, these plans offer at least partial coverage for your child, often as high as 50%. Don’t have dental insurance? Our in-house membership plan and third-party options like CareCredit can also help.
We always encourage parents to bring their child in for an evaluation even if they aren’t sure if they will need braces. However, it also helps to keep a few signs in mind as they can be more noticeable than you’d think. For example, your child may need braces if they: