Orthodontics in Spring & Conroe, TX
While crooked and crowded teeth are often enough for most individuals to seek professional treatment, orthodontic treatment also offers many convenient options for achieving a straighter, more symmetrical smile. At Everest Dental, Dr. Andy Loc Bui and his associates, Drs. Serge Kupetz and April Lee, provide Invisalign® clear aligners and traditional braces tailored to all ages throughout the Spring and Conroe communities.
We welcome new and existing patients for exams and orthodontic consultations. If you are seeking to enhance aesthetics, we provide diagnostic imaging to not only create your treatment plan but to also show you what your future results will look like. At both our Spring and Conroe locations, we can treat mild to complex alignment and malocclusion issues with the comprehensive orthodontics options we have available.
Whether you value comfort, affordability, or treatment time, orthodontic care provides a wide range of options to help you achieve healthy, straighter, and more beautiful results with ease. Contact Everest Dental today to schedule a consultation for yourself or a loved one.
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What is Orthodontic Treatment Exactly?
Orthodontics is the field of dentistry which involves improving the function, appearance, and long-term health of your teeth and jaw joints by moving them into their most ideal positions. To do this, orthodontic appliances made of clear plastic, metal, or other materials are crafted based upon the specific impressions of your smile and your needs for treatment.
Orthodontic care includes evaluating, diagnosing, and treating irregularities of bite alignment, misaligned teeth, and an uneven jaw bone.
Our dentist has extensive knowledge in these services, which means we can treat mild to complex forms of:
- Crooked and Crowded Teeth
- Dental Gaps or Spacing Issues
- Open Bites
- And More!
During your orthodontic consultation, we will take x-rays and impressions of your smile using state-of-the-art technology to create a perfect solution designed explicitly for you.
Understanding Why Orthodontic Treatment is so Important
While straighter, more visually appealing teeth are desirable, many individuals don’t realize the many health benefits that come along with a properly aligned smile. By helping re-align teeth and jaws, orthodontic treatment helps reduce the likeliness of issues like TMJ disorders, abnormal wear, and even gum disease.
Crooked teeth can lead to negative side-effects. Because teeth do not meet evenly when carrying out everyday functions, an uneven bite can strain the temporomandibular joint, leading to TMD, chronic headaches, and muscle tension spreading to the neck and shoulders. Overlapping or crowded teeth make cleaning and oral hygiene more difficult, creating areas where plaque can form and hide, increasing the risk of gum disease.
Not only can orthodontic treatment realign your bite and teeth, but it can also provide relief from headaches and help reduce complications with teeth clenching and grinding.
What Orthodontic Treatments Do You Offer?
Whether you’re visiting us at our Spring or Conroe locations, we provide the following orthodontic services for children, teens, and adults:
Invisalign® Clear Aligners are a popular alternative to metal brackets, wires, and braces. These virtually invisible braces use custom-tailored plastic trays that are designed to fit comfortably over your teeth.
Traditional Metal Braces consist of strong, metal brackets bonded to teeth which support a metal archwire. Conventional braces use tension, which is gradually increased to shift teeth into proper alignment.
Early (Phase I) Orthodontics includes evaluating, diagnosing, and creating a long-term, tailored treatment plan designed specifically to address the orthodontic issues of developing smiles. Evaluations and treatment typically begin for children ages seven or eight. This initial phase of orthodontics helps prepare for later, more advanced treatment.
Phase II Orthodontics is the “active” phase of your child’s orthodontic treatment. This follows the treatment plan we’ve created and uses the recommended appliances for positioning the jaw and straightening teeth. Orthodontic devices used may include everything from headgear and palate expanders to traditional or Invisalign braces.
Phase III Orthodontics, otherwise known as the “retention” phase, includes removing and discontinuing the braces system once teeth are aligned. We will then take impressions of your child’s newly-aligned smile for custom retainers to be made.
Retainers are custom-made orthodontic appliances that are essential for keeping the smile straight and preventing orthodontic relapse.
Orthodontics for Adults
Even today, many adults simply think they’re too old for orthodontics, especially braces. However, this could not be farther from the truth! Regardless of whether you’re 25 or 65, you can achieve a straighter smile through traditional brackets and wires, clear braces, or retainers.
As long as your teeth and gums are free of decay or disease, and you are in good health overall, you can qualify for orthodontic treatment at our offices.
Orthodontics for Teens
Pre-teen and adolescents are the most common age group to undergo orthodontic treatment. For more mild cases of malocclusion, we can tailor the Invisalign system to your teen’s needs. Since these aligners are removable, however, we will only recommend Invisalign to those responsible and committed enough to remember to wear their aligners for 22 hours a day minimum.
For moderate to more severe cases, our dentists will likely recommend your teen undergo orthodontic treatment with metal braces.
Early Orthodontics for Children
Early treatment (also known as Phase One Orthodontics) often begins around age eight with the second phase beginning around age 11 or older. The goal of early orthodontics is to stop the development of the jaw, bite, and alignment problems and correct them through developing an effective treatment plan. This initial treatment also helps make room for permanent, adult teeth to erupt in their smile properly, helping reduce the chance of more invasive or extensive procedures in the future.
How Will Early Orthodontics Help My Child?
Issues such as crowding, spacing between teeth, jaw development issues, and many others can be due to genetics, an injury to the mouth, early or late loss of baby teeth, or thumb-sucking. We do believe healthy, lasting smiles result from proactive solutions that begin at an early age.
By offering early orthodontic evaluations and consultations, our team aids in the proper development of your child’s smile through early orthodontic treatment. This type of care may limit the amount of appliance treatment necessary once the advanced phase (phase two) stage has begun. Depending on how well your child responds to this initial treatment, the need for braces could be reduced or even eliminated.
Traditional Metal Braces for Dependable Results
While clear braces are an excellent alternative for some, conventional metal brackets may be the best solution for others. Children and patients who find it challenging to wear their removable braces for the correct amount of time may benefit more from conventional braces, with some preferring this method over clear aligners.
Because metal braces are affixed permanently to individual teeth for a period, they are a dependable way to address moderate to complex issues and achieve predictable results. The tension of metal braces can also be adjusted to significantly align teeth.
Invisalign Clear Braces for Achieving Smile Symmetry Discreetly
Invisalign is an orthodontic system that uses a series of virtually invisible trays designed to straighten your teeth and achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Invisalign treatment uses state-of-the-art 3D digital imaging to illustrate your complete treatment plan, from the current position of your teeth to their final desired position.
Your clear trays are then custom-made for your smile — and your smile only — to reposition your teeth gradually using pinpointed pressure. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next. This changing out of your invisible braces will continue until the final position of your teeth is achieved.
Does Getting Braces Hurt?
It’s common for you to experience soreness and sensitive teeth a few days after your braces are applied or adjusted. This means they’re working! Fortunately, the soreness typically only lasts about two or three days.
If your teeth are sore and uncomfortable, stick to soft foods for the first day or two, and use over-the-counter pain relievers to help you manage your discomfort until it goes away. If the soreness does not subside after several days, contact us.
What Foods Can and Can’t I Eat with Braces?
Below are five foods to avoid with traditional braces:
- Chewy, starchy foods, such as hard rolls, licorice, and bagels
- Crunchy foods like chips, popcorn, and ice
- Sticky foods and treats, such as gum, caramel candy, and toffee
- Hard foods like nuts, taco shells, and certain seeds
- Foods that require biting into, such as apples, carrots, corn on the cob, and pizza crust
While Invisalign aligners have no dietary restrictions because they are removable, it is still important to choose a nutritional fibrous diet that helps reduce sugar left on your teeth and plaque buildup.
7 Safe Foods to Enjoy with Braces
- Dairy such as pudding, soft cheeses, and milk-based drinks
- Soft breads like flour tortillas, muffins without nuts, and pancakes
- Grains such as soft-cooked pasta, quinoa, and rice
- Soft meats, poultry, and fish, including boiled chicken, meatballs, and lunch meats
- Vegetables such as steamed spinach, soft-cooked beans, and legumes
- Fruits such as organic applesauce, bananas, and natural fruit juices
- Treats like ice cream and milkshakes, soft cake, and Jell-O (occasionally)
Living with and Cleaning Your Braces
With orthodontic appliances, there are many nooks and crannies where food and debris can be trapped. This means while undergoing treatment, you have a higher risk of plaque buildup, developing cavities, and, possibly gum disease.
If you notice gum sensitivity, bleeding, or inflammation, contact our team right away. These are the earliest warning signs of gingivitis, otherwise knows as the first stage of periodontal (gum) disease. If left untreated, more significant problems can arise and have lifelong effects. These and many others are the reasons why it is so important to brush and floss after every meal to maintain good oral health, especially throughout orthodontic treatment.
When wearing any braces, proper hygiene means brushing after every meal as often as possible. If you can’t always get to your toothbrush after eating, you should at least rinse your mouth and floss to effectively remove food particles. With metal braces, be sure to brush every bracket and wire directly, around, and underneath.
If undergoing treatment with clear aligners, you can remove your trays to eat, brush, and floss properly. However, you must brush your teeth and clean and rinse your aligners thoroughly after every meal.
What Do I Do If I Experience an Injury or Damage to My Braces?
If the wires and bands have become loose, please contact us immediately so that we may be able to prioritize your situation and check and repair your appliance. In the event a piece of your appliance comes off, save it and bring it with you to your appointment.
Loose or pokey wires can be addressed temporarily if you use the back end of a spoon or end of an eraser to gently and carefully push the wire back into place. If the protruding wire is irritating your lips or gums, apply dental wax or a wet cotton ball at the end of the broken wire to alleviate your discomfort.
If you’re unsure about the severity of your situation, please call our Everest Dental team. We are always happy to help you, especially in unpredictable circumstances.
What to Expect After Braces
Once your teeth are straightened into their ideal positions, our dentist and his team do all they can to make sure your teeth stay that way! Even after orthodontic treatment with braces, teeth naturally want to shift back into their original positioning. To better prevent this, Dr. Loc Bui will provide you with a custom-made retainer to keep your smile straight while avoiding orthodontic relapse.
Retainers are designed to the specifics of each smile and crafted to fit comfortably over teeth, keeping them from drifting out of position.
Straighten Your Smile Today in Spring or Conroe!
The entire team at Everest Dental is committed to helping children, teens, and adults of all ages achieve smiles that are not only visually appealing but are properly aligned to have the potential to remain healthy for a lifetime. To schedule an orthodontic consultation for you or your child, contact our Harris and Montgomery County braces providers today!
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