Misaligned teeth or an uneven bite can impact your ability to eat or speak while affecting the look of your smile.
Orthodontics can realign crooked teeth and give you a fabulous smile that accentuates your natural charm.
Explore different treatments for malocclusion and how Bonner Family Dentistry in Dumas, TX, can serve your orthodontic needs.
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the practice of treating misaligned teeth or jawbones, usually through the use of braces and other devices.
Orthodontists, those who specialize in the field of orthodontics, can do more than improve your smile. Orthodontists treat patients for jaw imbalances, overcrowded teeth, and other issues that can lead to bigger oral health problems down the line. For example, misaligned teeth can wear down enamel and increase your risk of getting cavities.
When to Consult an Orthodontist
The signs of orthodontic problems are varied and may not appear obvious at first glance. Schedule an appointment with us if you or your child experience any of these symptoms:
- Difficulty speaking or chewing
- Protruding or crooked teeth
- Crowded or misplaced teeth
- Grinding or gnashing your teeth
- Overbite, underbite, or crossbite
- Frequently biting the inside of the mouth
When Should Children See an Orthodontist? We Help Children Smile in Dumas, TX
As a general rule, children should visit the orthodontist while they are still 7 years old or younger. By the age of 7, most children have enough permanent teeth for our dentists to notice any potential issues. We want to spot any orthodontic problems early on and correct them before the teeth and jaws have finished growing.
While many adolescents receive orthodontic treatment, adults can also benefit from orthodontics. We offer dental care services for both adults and adolescents in the Dumas, TX, area.
Treatment Options to Fit Your Goals
Traditional braces attach a series of brackets (usually stainless steel) to the teeth. The brackets are then attached to an archwire. In some cases, patients may wear bands on the backs of their teeth as well. The metal wires exert a slight but constant pressure on the teeth over time to move them into place. For more extensive treatments, our dentists may need to readjust or tighten the braces every few months.
Invisalign uses clear plastic trays that fit over your teeth. The trays gradually straighten your teeth much like braces. Unlike braces, Invisalign trays are easily removable and must be taken off to eat and brush your teeth. Invisalign is virtually invisible, so it doesn't impact the look of your smile. Patients wear an aligner tray for two weeks before moving on to the next aligner tray in the custom treatment program.
How Long Do Orthodontic Treatments Last?
Orthodontic treatments may take anywhere from one to three years to fully align the patient's teeth or jaw. The average orthodontic timeline is under two years.
Once braces are removed, a "passive" phase of orthodontics begins. During this phase of treatment, the patient may need to wear a retainer so their teeth remain in the right spot.
From Our Family to Yours What Dumas, TX, has to say about our family-owned practice
I explained how my teeth are very sensitive, and [the staff] kept talking me through my nerves and checking up on me to be sure I was doing okay. Dr. Reagan is also great, he seems to genuinely care about your well being...I will gladly drive the hour+ to go to this dentist from now on!! I can’t wait to start my family there as well.View On Google
I have been going here since I was a child. Staff is incredibly sweet, experienced, and helpful. I've always left happy. I adore both hygienists! Of course David is amazing with a well deserved excellent reputation, and the work I've had done with Reagan has been spectacular as well. Don't hesitate to visit this office!