Traditional Braces for Richardson Families
Are you looking for a skilled orthodontist who can help your teen create a straighter smile? Have you waited until your adult years to look for help correcting your misaligned teeth? At Breckinridge Dental & Orthodontics, we’re happy to serve patients in both categories. While braces are most often associated with teenagers, more and more adults are seeking help with braces. And with advances in the field of orthodontia, it’s easier than ever before to provide more discreet care with traditional braces.
Traditional Orthodontics for Children & Teens
If your child sees Dr. Christine Coughlin for routine exams, we can watch your little one’s smile develop and recommend early care if necessary. Our goal is to nip any serious developmental issues in the bud as early as possible, to prevent the need for more advanced orthodontic care later on.
That said, some young patients will still need braces once permanent teeth erupt. Board certified orthodontist Dr. Nathan Coughlin works closely with you and your child on a comprehensive treatment plan leading to the straight, beautiful smile they deserve.
Traditional Orthodontics for Adults
According to some estimates, one in five orthodontic patients is an adult. Mature patients often seek care for cosmetic reasons, but that’s not the only reason to straighten smiles. Misaligned teeth give bacteria, plaque, and tartar extra places to hide increasing risk for tooth decay and gum disease. What’s more, misaligned teeth contribute to neuromuscular conditions like teeth grinding and TMJ dysfunction. Symptoms of these problems include headaches, earaches, dizziness, and neck pain. Correcting your bite alleviates symptoms and prevents serious wear to your teeth or strained temporomandibular joints.
Regardless of what we recommend, our Richardson team always takes the time to answer your questions. We want you to not only have a full understanding of your options, but to understand how those options lead to a healthier and more beautiful smile.
Call us today to begin the treatment process. We love helping our patients accomplish their orthodontic goals.
Caring for Traditional Braces
As an alternative to traditional braces, many adults have come to prefer the discreetness of Invisalign. Impressions of your mouth are used to design a series of clear plastic aligners. You wear them over your teeth for about 22 hours per day. Every 1 to 2 weeks you switch to a new aligner in the series to move your teeth. Depending on your individual treatment, it takes about 12 months to finish the series.