Dallas / Fort Worth, TX
At Beyond Dental and Implant Center, our dentists see new patients every day who want to learn more about orthodontics and how this field of dentistry can help with their oral health. While dentists have a general focus that involves teeth cleaning and repair, orthodontists focus specifically on issues that affect your tooth alignment.
If you have crooked or irregular teeth that you feel concerned or self-conscious about, our orthodontists specialize in helping you to get your ideal tooth alignment. From issues with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) to any need for oral surgery, orthodontics is the field that is all about helping you solve these issues.
How Do I Know If I Need An Orthodontist?
The easiest way to find out if you need an orthodontist is to schedule a quick appointment with us so we can determine whether their skills are a good fit for your needs. We will arrange a clinical exam and look at your full dental and medical health history. After this, we will look intently at the results of special X-rays and, to be as thorough as possible, we can gather data from plaster models that we make of your teeth.
A careful examination like this permits us to give you all the information you require to make the best choices about your oral health. From here, we can determine if you have any unexpected damage to your TMJ, if you require oral surgery, or if an orthodontic tool is the next best step for you.
What Tools Do Orthodontists Use?
Regardless of your tooth alignment problem, we have the tools and appliances to help you fix it. Traditional braces are the most common fixed appliance, using bands, brackets, and wires.
Their design allows us to slowly move your teeth into their new and proper position, and we adjust them every month to give you the desired results. Fixed space maintainers work as an effective sibling to traditional braces. While traditional braces are what we use to guide teeth near to each other, fixed space maintainers allow us to help children keep spaces between their teeth open so that permanent teeth can safely rise into their intended position.
Clear or Ceramic Braces
Clear braces, also called ceramic braces, are very similar to traditional metal braces. These braces use brackets and wires to realign your teeth, enhancing the beauty of your smile and improving your oral health. The biggest difference between clear braces and metal braces is that the brackets are made from tooth-colored material that enables them to more easily blend in with the color of your natural teeth. The wires are still often metal, however, although there are some types of wires that are made from a tooth-colored or clear material. With clear braces, your treatment is much more discreet.
Much like traditional braces, clear braces use elastic O-rings, or ligatures to hold the wires in place. Other types of clear braces are self-litigating. The wires are held in place using small brackets that work to tighten your wires as your teeth are moved into proper alignment.
Using Invisalign Aligners
The key difference with Invisalign from other orthodontist tools is that, unlike traditional braces, you can remove your Invisalign aligners any time that you need to. After we take X-rays and make molds of your teeth, we can create sets of clear plastic aligners that, when kept in your mouth, will help straighten your teeth over time.
We give you multiple months of Invisalign aligners that you will switch out every two weeks at home. Invisalign offers great flexibility because you can take out the aligners to brush and floss in the way you are accustomed to. Because Invisalign does not involve the brackets or wires of traditional braces, there is no potential irritation to the mouth or risk of protruding wires.
At Beyond Dental and Implant Center, our dentists are specialists who research extensively and widely so that they can give you the best possible treatment. Neuromuscular orthodontics is one of many branches of dentistry that we have proficiency in. The focus of neuromuscular orthodontics is on fixing malocclusions, known as bad bites, and relieving temporomandibular joint disorders that make it difficult for you to work your jaw.
Through the use of TMJ therapy and, if your treatment plan requires it, oral surgery, we can help you obtain a jaw that works properly, and that can contribute to your ongoing dental health.
Orthodontics is the specialized field of treatment that you will want for tooth alignment concerns along with other needs such as a damaged temporomandibular joint (TMJ) that may require oral surgery. If you would like to learn more about orthodontics, orthodontic procedures or tools, call us today at (972) 591-7520.