If you want a perfect smile, orthodontics is the area of dentistry that can help you get the straight teeth and perfect bite that make a smile unforgettable. Even though two of the major benefits offered by orthodontics are an appealing smile and the confidence that comes with it, straightening your teeth can also improve your long-term oral health. At Red Bud Dental in Round Rock, Texas, Dr. Lisa Ochoa provides comprehensive orthodontic services for patients living in the greater Austin metropolitan area. We offer complimentary consultations and $0 down to start treatment.
Orthodontics is the area of dentistry that involves procedures used to correct and reposition crooked teeth, as well as jaws, so that upper and lower teeth fit together. Most people consider the aesthetic benefits of orthodontics because straighter teeth improve the appearance of any smile. But orthodontics provides a variety of health-related benefits, too, including:
Cavity and gum disease prevention — Crooked teeth and teeth that don’t fit together can be harder to keep clean and are at an increased risk of decay.
Headache and TMJ prevention — An ill-fitted bite can cause extra stress on your chewing muscles, leading to chronic headaches or TMJ, a painful jaw joint disorder.
Orthodontics commonly addresses overbites, underbites, crossbites, and spacing or crowding issues.
Yes. Long gone are the days when getting braces meant having a mouth full of metal straightening brackets. Advances in technology have given orthodontic patients a variety of options for fixed braces, including:
Clear braces — Also known as ceramic braces, clear braces are the same size and shape as traditional metal braces, but they have either enamel-colored or clear brackets that visually blend into your teeth. Some types of clear braces also use enamel-colored wires to make them even less noticeable.
Lingual braces — These braces are virtually the same as traditional braces in appearance and function with one significant difference: Dr. Ochoa installs the brackets and wires of lingual braces on the back of your teeth, not the front. Commonly referred to as ‘completely invisible braces,’ lingual braces are fully customizable and designed to deliver effective results.
Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic system that uses a series of clear plastic aligner trays to straighten your teeth over time. The Invisalign system can fix mild to moderate spacing problems, as well as small gaps, crowded teeth, protruding teeth, overbites, underbites, and crossbites.
Because the system’s special aligners are removable and virtually imperceptible, you can take them out when you need to eat or brush your teeth, and no one can readily tell when you’re wearing them.
Your braces may come off once they’ve straightened your teeth and properly aligned your bite, but because your teeth will be relatively unstable for some time afterward, your orthodontic treatment doesn’t end there.
Wearing braces causes the ligament fiber attachments from the roots of your teeth to the bone surrounding your teeth to stretch and move. These fibers will pull your teeth back into their original position if you don’t do something to retain their new position. Wearing a retainer helps maintain the new alignment of your teeth until they’re stable once again.