Do you have crooked or crowded teeth? Is your bite misaligned, or do you have an overbite, underbite, or teeth that stick out? These may be more than just aesthetic problems. They can also create health issues such as increased risk for decay (crowded teeth that are difficult to clean) or headaches and jaw pain (bad bite or misaligned teeth). You may even have trouble chewing or talking.
Our team at Riverwalk Dental & Orthodontics can help correct your smile with our wide range of orthodontic treatments. These include traditional braces, Invisalign, and clear braces. Our years of experience and continuing education have allowed us to help children, teens, and adults smile. We also have the experience to treat complicated orthodontic cases. Nothing is too great a challenge for us!
What Can Orthodontic Treatment Do for Me?
Our orthodontic treatments can help with the following problems:
- Close wide gaps between teeth
- Make sure teeth are aligned
- Straighten crooked teeth
- Improve speech or eating
- Improve health of gums and teeth
- Prevent excessive wear or trauma of teeth
- Treat improper bite
At your initial appointment, our orthodontics team will examine your teeth for the above issues. We will also make sure your teeth and gums are healthy and disease-free. We will then design your treatment plan, taking dental X-rays, impressions, and other records. We will explain each step of the treatment process thoroughly so that you can begin treatment after being comfortable with your choices and confident in your results.
Traditional wire braces are a tried and true orthodontic treatment. They have provided millions of people with permanent smiles for years. Traditional metal braces can be used to treat crooked, crowded, and misaligned teeth and jaws.
Today, metal braces are sleeker, more comfortable, and smaller than the braces of the past. This means that they are easier to wear and easier to clean. They consist of metal brackets that are attached directly to your teeth, wires that run through each bracket, and bands that secure the wires. Our expert in metal braces in Riverwalk will occasionally adjust or tighten these wires to straighten and align your teeth and jaws. He will also provide you with important information you need to clean and care for your braces so that you can get the best results possible.
Orthodontic work can span from six months to several years, depending on the work that needs to be done. Throughout the process, Riverwalk Dental & Orthodontics will be here to make sure you’re making progress towards your new smile.
Invisalign is a revolutionary way to straighten your teeth – without anyone knowing. Invisalign uses computer technology to plan your treatment, preview your smile, create your aligners, and provide you with straight braces in as little as 12 months. Every couple of weeks, we will switch out your custom aligners until your desired smile is achieved.
Invisalign has several advantages over traditional braces:
- Nearly invisible. Invisalign’s clear aligners fit over your top and bottom teeth and hardly show at all. Our adult and older teen patients love Invisalign for this reason.
- Invisalign aligners can be removed for regular brushing, flossing, and cleaning. You can also remove them when you eat, which means you don’t have to give up foods that you would with wire braces. You can even take off your aligners during special occasions.
- Aside from being removable, Invisalign has comfortable acrylic aligners that don’t irritate your mouth like the brackets from wire braces can.
- Invisalign is a perfect option for busy people because it typically requires fewer office visits and also less treatment time.
Invisalign isn’t for everyone, but it’s usually ideal for adults. Let us know if you’re interested in Invisalign clear braces to straighten your teeth quickly and comfortably.
Clear Ceramic Braces
Clear ceramic braces are similar to traditional wire braces but are made of clear materials instead. This makes them much less visible. We recommend these mostly for older teens and adults who appreciate their discreet advantage.
Ceramic braces require more attention to oral hygiene because they are larger and more brittle than metal braces. We use them more frequently on upper front teeth, where your smile is most noticeable.
Our orthodontics experts offer several treatment options to create beautiful smiles that last. Your own beautiful, straighter smile for life may be just a phone call or click away! For your orthodontic consultation, call us today at 210.446.6227. If you aren’t sure you can afford braces, we offer affordable payment plans or ask any of our friendly staff how we can help.