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Orthodontics

Early intervention can be beneficial. We will watch how your child’s mouth and teeth grow and develop, so if we see something that needs to be done, we will do it. We will also know exactly when to start treatment, if needed.

Early Treatment

The earlier we catch problems with your child’s bite, the simpler they are to fix. The results are often better than if we wait. Also the results have better long term stability and require less work. We may not need to keep braces on your child for as long when they are younger.

The International Association of Orthodontists (IAO) recommends that children have an orthodontic consultation done as early as seven years old, we have started treatment on patients as early as 6, however this is rare. We may not have to do anything at this age, other than monitor the child’s mouth. However, if we continue to watch your child, we can start treatment right away!

Early intervention can be beneficial. We will watch how your child’s mouth and teeth grow and develop, so if we see something that needs to be done, we will do it. We will also know exactly when to start treatment, if needed.

You may wonder why the IAO emphasizes age seven. At that age, the first adult molars are coming in and helping establish the back bite. We can then evaluate your child’s bite, both front-to-back and side-to-side. There are many reasons to start treatment early.

Early treatment allows us to do the following:

  • Make room for the permanent teeth when there is overcrowding
  • Ensure facial symmetry
  • Reduce trauma when the front teeth are protruding
  • Create a better airway for the child reducing the likelihood of future sleep apnea problems.

Also, early treatment reduces the need to remove teeth and reduces the time patients must wear braces. Though many people don’t believe in orthodontic treatment, without it you may have to deal the following problems according to IAO studies:

  • Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear.
  • Open bites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments. While with orthodontic treatment, you may have the following benefits:
  • A healthier mouth since crowded teeth can be hard to brush causing cavities and gum disease.
  • Fewer broken teeth since protruding teeth are more likely to get broken.

We truly believe that orthodontic care is about more than just a pretty smile. We believe that it makes you healthier. If you have any questions about orthodontic care, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (281) 482-7731 (Friendswood).

Adolescent Treatment

Many adolescents do not realize that there are many different options to get them a beautiful smile of which they can be proud. Here at South Friendswood Dental, we have helped hundreds of teenagers receive orthodontic treatment. Unfortunately, teeth do not straighten out with age, so now is the time so take care of them.

Orthodontic treatment can improve your appearance, self-esteem, and even oral health problems. Crooked teeth can cause tartar buildup as well as other diseases. Orthodontic treatment can help to prevent this.

Brushing your teeth can be difficult when your teeth do not line up correctly. This can lead to more cavities as well as decay. Orthodontic treatment will result not only in straight teeth but also an overall healthier mouth.

Before treatment, our trusted and qualified staff makes sure to thoroughly examine your mouth as well as take X-rays. We will discuss various options with you so that you know exactly which treatment plan would be best for you. We want to make sure you feel comfortable with the cost as well as the time frame of treatment. If your insurance plan covers all or some of it, we are happy to work with them.

One more great feature about the orthodontic treatment we provide is that fewer follow-up appointments are required than what used to be. A beautiful, healthy smile can happen quicker than you ever thought was possible!

Getting the smile you want that will last the rest of your life can happen. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 281-482-773.

Adult Treatment

No matter your age, you deserve a smile of which you are proud. You might not realize that we can fix your the alignment of your teeth no matter what your age. Braces are not just for children anymore. We can get you the smile you deserve!

Here at South Friendswood Dental, we work hard to give you the smile you’ve always wanted. We offer many different treatments that can be effective no matter how old you are. More and more orthodontic treatments are becoming available to give adults the smile that they want.

Orthodontic treatments are not just for your smile, even though they can really improve your appearance and self-esteem. Fixing your teeth can also dramatically change your oral health. When you have crooked teeth or a malocclusion, you may have some oral health problems such as gum disease, tartar buildup, and sleep apnea.
It can be really hard to brush between your teeth when they don’t line up correctly, which will lead to more cavities and decay. Many people who suffer from malocclusions have jaw pain along with headaches.

As newer and newer technologies are designed, it is getting easier to get the smile you deserve. You won’t have to come in for as many follow-ups and may have a better smile even quicker than you thought possible.

If you want to improve your smile, we always start with a thorough examination and x-rays. We will then discuss your many options, including different forms of braces, aligners, and retainers. We will also talk to you about the treatment plan, what you should expect, and the cost. If your insurance will cover some of the costs, we will gladly help you figure it out.

It is never too late to have a smile that you love to show off. Don’t hesitate to contact us  (281-481-7731) today to discuss your many options! You won’t believe how quickly you can see a change in your smile with the appropriate treatment.

Types of Braces

Here at South Friendswood Dental, we are proud to offer many different types of braces to give you the smile you deserve.

Since all people are different, especially when it comes to their wants and needs, we offer different braces to give everyone the smile they want. We are dedicated to giving our patients the orthodontic care they deserve.

Braces work by moving your teeth back into the correct position. You need to continue to visit the orthodontist regularly to ensure that your braces are working the way they should. They will need to be adjusted when needed to continue to do their job.

Traditional Braces
Even though there are many types of braces, traditional braces are still the most popular. Great strides have been made since they were first used, and they are becoming more comfortable and effective.

Traditional braces use stainless steel brackets and archwires to move your teeth into their proper position. Many teenagers like to decorate their braces with colored rubber bands to give them a colorful and unique smile.

Self-ligating braces
Self-ligating braces are metal just like traditional braces, though you won’t need to use elastic bands. This means that you will require fewer follow-up appointments and have even less friction on your teeth.

Some self-ligating braces use ceramic or even clear brackets. They use a specialized clip instead of elastics to keep the wires in place. These clips decrease the pressure on the teeth.

Clear braces
Clear braces are less visible on your teeth than traditional braces are. Because of this, they are very common with teenagers and even adults who want better smiles.

Even though you can’t see them, care needs to be taken to maintain your oral hygiene. Clear braces are more likely to break than metal braces, and you can break them when eating. Ceramic braces are more commonly used on the upper front teeth than on lower teeth so that they are less likely to break.

Clear aligners

A set of clear aligners is the newest form of braces. The aligners are invisible and removable, making them very popular. The system uses clear, hybrid resin trays that straighten teeth just like braces and are much more comfortable.

Clear aligners are nice because you can remove them to eat so you don’t have to feel like you can’t eat something. They can also be removed when you brush and floss your teeth so that your oral hygiene does not suffer while you are wearing braces.

Retainers

After the braces have done their job, you will need to wear a retainer, which helps to keep your teeth in the right position. This could be temporary, though you may have to wear it for longer.

There are many different types of braces that will get you the smile you deserve. Before we decide what you need, we will do a thorough examination. We may also do x-rays to further evaluate the problem. Once we have all of the necessary information, together we can decide which type of braces would work best for you.
If you have any questions about the many types of braces we offer, don’t hesitate to contact us today at 281-482-7731.

Aligners

Here at South Friendswood Dental, we are proud to offer orthodontics and aligners.
For people who are embarrassed by their smile due to crooked teeth or an uneven bite, we are proud to offer Invisalign and Clear Correct. After a thorough examination with x-rays, we can discuss your options to give you a smile that you are proud of, no matter your age!
For many adults (and even teenagers), we are proud to offer aligners. It is the latest advance in dental medicine, allowing patients to have straighter teeth without braces.
You wear clear aligners instead of wire braces. They are easy to use and very effective, getting the results you deserve in a much shorter timeframe than braces! They are comfortable for you to wear. You shouldn’t experience any irritation in your mouth because they are made to fit your mouth!
They can be easily removed so that you can eat whatever you want. Still, you must brush your teeth and the aligners after every meal. Aligners are also popular because they are clear, so most people don’t even know you are wearing anything unless you tell them!
If you have any questions about aligners, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (281) 482-7731

Retention

South Friendswood Dental is dedicated to our patients and helping them to maintain the smile we have helped them achieve. Retainers are the final step in your orthodontic treatment.

After you have worn your braces for the appropriate amount of time, we move into the retention stage of your treatment. It is very important not to skip this step or all of your hard work will not pay off as you had hoped. Your teeth may move back instead of staying in place.

During retention, you will have to wear retainers as your teeth adjust to staying in their new place without braces. You should wear your retainers as recommended by your dentist. Some can be worn only at night, while others need to be worn almost all of the time. We will discuss with you the different types of retainers so that we can choose the best one that fits your lifestyle.

It is really important that you continue to brush your teeth while you are in this stage. All you have to do is remove your retainer, and then you will be able to brush your teeth better than you were able to when you had braces. You should also brush your retainer before placing it back to your mouth.

If you have any questions about the retention step of your orthodontic treatment, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (281) 482-7731