Orthodontic Care in Allen

What is orthodontic care?

Orthodontic care addresses and corrects long-standing issues such as overbites, underbites and crooked teeth for patients of all ages. Your dentist can create a custom dental appliance to gradually align your teeth over time so you can enjoy the smile you deserve. Orthodontic care can treat everything from minor aesthetic adjustments to severe misalignments so you can regain confidence with a personalized, beautiful smile. Schedule an appointment today at West Allen Dental.

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Orthodontic care can reduce the chance of developing gum disease and tooth loss later in life.

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How it works: The orthodontic care process

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Consultation

To see if orthodontic care is necessary for you, your dentist will examine your gum health and teeth to check for gaps, misalignment and crowding. After discussing the different smile alignment solutions, your dentist can carefully select a custom treatment outline that best fits your unique needs.

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Impressions and Digital Imaging

Next, your dentist will gather a comprehensive set of records. Detailed photos, x-rays, mouth measurements and a bite impression will be taken at this time. Your dentist will then use the photographs and impressions to create your appliance.

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Placement and Fitting

Once your dental appliance is created, your dentist will place it in your mouth and make necessary adjustments to ensure proper fitting and comfort. To ensure your appliance stays in tip-top shape, your dentist will provide you with care and maintenance instructions.

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Next Steps

Schedule an appointment every 4-8 weeks so your dentist can track progress, adjust your appliance and address any questions or concerns. No orthodontic journey is the same and treatment times vary depending on the complexity of the case.

Types of orthodontic care

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Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles uses brackets and wires or clear aligners to straighten teeth in an average of just six months. Unlike traditional braces, this short-term alignment solution is not meant to treat severe jaw or bite issues. Instead, it quickly corrects the crookedness and gaps that keep you from smiling with confidence.

Invisalign

Invisalign is a removable clear aligner system that can treat mild to severe misalignment cases. Made from a patented plastic material, Invisalign is a durable aligner that can accommodate the lifestyles of athletes. Plus, its nearly invisible appearance makes Invisalign one of the most discreet ways to align a beautiful smile over time.

Space Maintenance

Space maintenance is a special type of treatment for kids that have lost a baby tooth prematurely due to a tooth infection, dental trauma or any other dental health issue. Your child’s dentist will place a custom prosthetic called a space maintainer in the empty socket to prevent other teeth from shifting. This ensures that your child’s permanent teeth can grow properly.

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There are no limitations to the foods you can eat while wearing clear aligners.

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What are the signs that I may need orthodontic treatment?

You may be a strong candidate for orthodontic treatment if you struggle with overlapping, crowded or gapping teeth. Jaw issues such as crossbites, overbites and underbites also indicate that orthodontic treatment may be right for you. If you are looking to align your smile for cosmetic or aesthetic reasons, feel free to schedule a complimentary consultation so we can get started on creating the smile you’ve always wanted.

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What are the benefits of orthodontic care?

Orthodontic care reduces the risk for future dental problems and allows patients to smile with confidence again. With the latest cutting-edge orthodontic technology, treatment is faster, less noticeable and more comfortable than ever. Dental appliance options are now designed to minimize their appearance so you can continue to lead your lifestyle uninterrupted. By correcting teeth misalignment and jaw issues, orthodontic treatment can improve oral health and prevent significant gum disease, tooth loss and tooth decay later in life.

What causes my orthodontic problems?

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Most orthodontic problems are inherited and gradually worsen through the teenage years into adulthood. Other problems such as gum disease, childhood thumb-sucking habits, early loss of baby or adult teeth or even dental accidents may have significantly impacted your jaw or teeth alignment. Regardless of the cause, your dentist is dedicated to finding a custom treatment plan so you can have the strong, healthy smile you’ve always wanted.

When should I receive orthodontic treatment?

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While every patient is different, it is best to seek orthodontic treatment in childhood or adolescence to detect and correct problems as early as possible. That being said, it is never too late for you to receive the orthodontic care you deserve. By leaving misaligned teeth untreated, other dental problems can crop up later in life such as tooth decay, gum disease or difficulty chewing. While many patients look to orthodontic solutions for aesthetic reasons, getting treatment now is in your best interest for a lifetime of strong oral health.

How much does orthodontic care cost?

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A multitude of factors come into play when determining the cost of your orthodontic care. The cost varies depending on the severity of your misalignment, as well as appointment visits, insurance type and more. Our team recommends scheduling a consultation with your dentist and their team to come up with a suitable financial plan.

Did you know…

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Over 4 million people in the U.S. wear braces to align their smiles.

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