Orthodontic Treatment at Chetwood Dental Clinic
If your teeth are crooked or crowded and it affects your bite, you might need orthodontic treatment. Dr. Lan Doan is a board certified orthodontist with over 10 years of experience treating children and adults.
For many parents, searching for affordable orthodontics in Houston almost seems like a rite of passage; however, even adults can have orthodontic care as well. Examples of possible problems that an orthodontist can help with include the need to straighten teeth, correcting gaps that might exist in teeth, helping to fix an irregular bite, or even bringing the jaw, teeth, and lips into a proper alignment. While some people have been struggling whether or not to pursue orthodontics for reasons such as an overbite or teeth crowding, having professional orthodontic care can add confidence due to an improved appearance and smile. Furthermore, correcting these bite problems can actually have tremendous benefits on someone’s long-term oral health.
When someone has teeth that are properly aligned, their teeth are much easier to take care of. This means that proper brushing and flossing can become a breeze. Straight teeth also have lower rates of tooth decay, less gingivitis, and can prevent the development of more severe forms of periodontal disease. Furthermore, someone who has an irregular bite often has trouble chewing their food, leading to nutritional problems. Misaligned teeth can also have speech problems, which a professional speech therapist can help with. This therapy is often more successful after someone has received care from an orthodontist. Finally, fixing teeth alignment can stop the wear and tear on the teeth at the back of the mouth as a whole.
While receiving braces from an orthodontist as a teenager is still a rite of passage, it is never too early or too late for someone to start exploring orthodontics as a way of correcting issues with their teeth. We provide numerous treatment options that are targeted at both adults and children that can be used to fix bite issues. Many of these options are even alternatives to the traditional braces that most people are familiar with.
Orthodontic treatment and care can be broken up into two phases. The first phase is the active phase, where tools such as braces are employed to move the teeth into their proper location, helping to correct the bite. Following this is the retention phase, where a tool such as retainer is used to keep the teeth in their new position.
At Chetwood Dental Clinic located in Houston, Texas, we provide numerous affordable and effective orthodontic treatment choices to our patients. These include clear braces, traditional braces, and Invisalign trays. Your highly experienced dentist can discuss all of these options in detail, helping families make the right choice for them.
Whether it is an adult or a child receiving orthodontic treatment, we can work with you to make sure that the visit is as comfortable as possible. We will work with you every step of the way to make sure that the smile is beautiful and oral health is maximized.
Braces can correct
- Crooked teeth
- Teeth with too much spacing
- Teeth that do not fit together correctly
- Teeth that are not in the right place because of a thumb or pacifier habit
Chetwood Dental Clinic offers:
- Metal braces
- Clear braces
- Phase I treatment (early treatment)
- Braces for patients who need jaw surgery
Invisalign® clear plastic aligners are an alternative to traditional braces. You will wear an aligner for about two weeks then replace it with the next one. Aligners must be worn at all times except for when eating or cleaning your teeth. Check with us to see if you might be a candidate.