Orthodontics in Houston, TX
Serving the Houston, TX community
Having a beautiful, straight smile is a real asset! Your smile is part of every first impression you make in both social and professional settings. At Bear Creek Dentistry, we want you to feel great about how you look!
We provide orthodontics at our Houston, TX dental office with both your health and your appearance in mind. Dr. Brian Le offers several options to meet the varying lifestyle needs of his patients.
If you're concerned about your crooked or crowded teeth, please call our dental office at (832) 427-5505 to arrange a consultation to see what's possible for your smile!
- Why is it a good idea to straighten crooked teeth?
- What types of orthodontics do you offer?
- How do traditional orthodontics work?
- When should my child be evaluated for braces?
- I want straighter teeth without using braces. What do you suggest?
- How does Invisalign treatment work?
- What are the benefits of choosing Invisalign clear braces?
- Who should get Six Month Smiles braces?
- How can Six Month Smiles work so fast?
- Will I have to wear a retainer after orthodontic treatment?
- I'm ready to learn more about braces. How can I get started?
Why is it a good idea to straighten crooked teeth?
Perfectly aligned smiles help your appearance and also improve your oral health. Misalignment, on the other hand, creates problems with your bite that leads to several oral health concerns.
Since your teeth do not come together correctly, your bite may feel uncomfortable, and it could make chewing painful or cause you to eliminate certain foods from your diet. Your teeth may be difficult to restore, and you may experience jaw problems. It can also be a challenge to keep overlapping teeth clean, making them more susceptible to decay.
What types of orthodontics do you offer in Houston?
A crooked smile can make you feel embarrassed about the way you look. If you cover your mouth when you smile or you feel that you cannot show your teeth because they are misaligned, it can disrupt your life. But at Bear Creek Dentistry, we can help! We offer several orthodontic dentistry options to meet every lifestyle including:
- Traditional Orthodontics
- Invisible Braces
- Six Month Smiles
If you have crooked teeth in Houston that you want to fix, please call us to arrange a consultation so we can help you choose the treatment that’s right for you.
How do traditional orthodontics work?
One of the most reliable methods to achieve an excellent outcome when it comes to your smile is with traditional orthodontics. Because they are useful for even the most complex cases, traditional orthodontics is one of the most popular choices for many of our patients.
Traditional orthodontics uses brackets and wires to move your teeth into their ideal location gradually. We will schedule periodic appointments to make adjustments and monitor your treatment.
We offer both metal and tooth-colored brackets and can discuss the benefits of each with you so you can choose the one that works best for you.
When should my child be evaluated for braces?
The position of your child’s first permanent is an indication of the future growth and alignment of all their teeth. Since this tooth makes its appearance around age six, The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children should be evaluated for orthodontics at age seven.
While your child probably won’t get braces at this age, early orthodontic treatment allows us to perform any intervention needed to make space in your child’s mouth for all teeth to erupt correctly. For example, if your child has lost a baby tooth too soon, we might recommend a space maintainer so that the permanent tooth has room to emerge properly.
I want straighter teeth without using braces. What do you suggest?
We understand that traditional brackets and wires do not work for everyone’s lifestyle. That is why we offer Invisalign clear braces for patients who want an orthodontic alternative that is more discreet.
Invisalign uses clear plastic aligner trays that you change out periodically to move your teeth into alignment. Because the aligners are removable, it is easy for you to keep your teeth clean and eat the foods you like without restriction.
You should wear your trays for at least 22 hours per day, though, to stay on track. Invisalign works for many orthodontic conditions and works best on older teens and adults.
If you would like to see if Invisalign treatment in Houston is right for you, please call Bear Creek Dentistry to arrange an orthodontic consultation with Dr. Le.
How does Invisalign treatment work?
Invisalign works by using clear plastic aligner trays to move your teeth gradually. Rather than brackets and wires, you will wear crystal clear aligners that you can remove to brush, floss, and eat. We still plan your Invisalign treatment here in our Houston, TX dental office and monitor your progress as you go to make sure you are on track.
You will wear each set of aligners for about two weeks before you switch to the next in the series. You should wear your aligners for at least 22 hours each day to ensure that your treatment completes on time.
Treatment times vary based on your needs, but with Invisalign, you can enjoy added confidence in your appearance and the convenience that clear braces provide!
What are the benefits of choosing Invisalign clear braces?
As an adult, you may not want or need to commit to traditional braces, which makes Invisalign a perfect choice. Invisalign treatment offers many advantages compared to bracket and wire braces:
- Crystal-clear, discreet plastic aligners won’t mar your smile
- Smooth aligners won’t poke into sensitive tissues in your mouth
- Removable aligners allow you to brush and floss as usual.
- No food restrictions since you can take out aligners for meals
- Shorter treatment times than traditional braces, often as little as 12 months
As you can see, Invisalign treatment is not complicated, but you do need to commit to wearing your aligners for at least 22 hours each day and remove them only for meals and oral hygiene. The longer you wear Invisalign every day, the faster you will see the results you want to achieve!
Who should get Six Month Smiles braces?
For some patients who only need small cosmetic adjustments to their smiles, Six Month Smiles offers both convenience and great results. Since we just need to move the teeth we see when you smile, we can use this innovative system to improve your smile quickly.
Six Month Smiles uses clear braces and a high-tech memory wire to move your teeth quickly into a more aesthetic position.
How can Six Month Smiles work so fast?
The reason that Six Month Smiles in Houston, TX works so quickly is that it makes aesthetic corrections of the teeth that others see when you smile. The treatment will not correct bite problems as Invisalign and traditional orthodontics do, but it will improve the appearance of teeth that are mildly misaligned or have spacing issues.
With Six Month Smiles treatment, your teeth won’t move any faster than they would with other orthodontics, but it works quickly because we only focus on your front teeth. Some patients with mild alignment issues see results in as little as four to six months, and the length of treatment is reflected in the cost, making Six Month Smiles more affordable than conventional braces.
Will I have to wear a retainer after orthodontic treatment?
Once your orthodontic treatment is complete, we will create an orthodontic retainer to keep your new smile looking great! Wearing a retainer is an essential part of your treatment. Without proper use, your teeth may shift back to their original location.
I'm ready to learn more about braces. How can I get started in the Houston area?
Contact our Houston dental office, and our team will be happy to schedule an orthodontic consultation with one of our highly skilled dentists. We look forward to helping you achieve the healthy, beautiful smile you have always wanted.