Family Orthodontic Specialists in Greater Houston, TX
We provide orthodontic services for adults as well as teenagers, and we offer individualized treatment plans designed to correct crooked teeth, overbites, misaligned teeth or gaps between the teeth.
Traditional Braces in Houston, TX
While many of our patients are now interested in Invisalign, we also offer traditional wire braces. Traditional braces are more effective for more complex orthodontic treatments. The more work your teeth need, the more likely you will need traditional braces instead of Invisalign. Our orthodontist takes the time to explain the difference between these orthodontic treatments so that you can make an educated decision for your oral health.
Braces are composed of brackets that attach to the front of the teeth and wire that runs through the brackets. The braces are permanently attached to your teeth, so they apply constant pressure on the teeth to bring them back into alignment or close gaps as quickly as possible. That constant pressure is what allows wire braces to effectively correct teeth that have more substantial flaws in placement.
Invisalign in Houston, TX
Invisalign is the modern approach to straightening and aligning teeth. Clear trays are placed over the teeth, but they aren’t permanently attached. They’re easily removed, but you need to wear them most of the time to achieve satisfying results. These aligners are nearly invisible, so most people feel less self-conscious when wearing them during the day.
Comfort and convenience are what make Invisalign so popular today. It’s easier to clean your teeth when wearing the trays, and most people won’t know that you’re wearing aligners unless you tell them. The downside is that the pressure on your teeth isn’t constant, so it can take longer to straighten or align your teeth. That is also what makes Invisalign unsuitable for some people in need of more substantial correction.
What to Expect from Our Orthodontist
Once it’s decided that your teeth need orthodontics, our Orthodontist will help you decide between braces and Invisalign. Some of the factors that we consider include the amount of time that it may take to straighten your teeth and your budget. We also consider your lifestyle and your confidence level with each option. Our goal is to keep you as comfortable as possible while correcting your teeth.
Braces are left on permanently, but adjustments are made over time. If you choose Invisalign, you can expect to change your aligners on a routine basis. The aligning trays are customized to fit your teeth.
You can expect some pain and discomfort as your teeth adjust to the pressure applied by the braces or aligners. Most people find braces more painful than aligners, and that’s a consequence of having them permanently attached to the teeth. The pain should stop once your teeth and gums adjust to the braces or aligners.
You shouldn’t notice any change in your speaking voice when wearing Invisalign aligners. If you notice a lisp, contact us to make sure your aligners fit over your teeth properly. You shouldn’t have problems eating with either type of orthodontics, and you can take Invisalign aligners out if they feel uncomfortable at mealtimes.
Caring for Your Braces or Aligners
You need to clean your teeth each day just as you would without braces. Our team will make sure that you know how to do this with braces permanently applied. You can simply take your Invisalign aligners out for cleaning, and you should notice little to no bad breath when the aligners and your mouth are properly cleaned each day.