Common Orthodontic Corrections in Adults and Children
Orthodontics is the specialty of dentistry focused on the diagnosis and treatment of dental and associated facial irregularities. The results of orthodontic treatment can be dramatic — beautiful smiles, improved dental health and an enhanced quality of life for many people of all ages. Orthodontic problems, which can result from genetic and environmental factors, must be diagnosed before treatment begins. Proper diagnosis involves taking photographs, X-rays, and dental impressions, which enable our practice to make informative decisions about the form of treatment necessary.
Treatment typically lasts from 6 to 30 months, depending on age and the severity of the orthodontic problem. Oustanding results are also dependent on our relationship with you and your commitment to your appointments. We are committed to delivering the best possible service in order for you to achieve your beautiful smile.
Orthodontic Treatment Timing
Dr. Freels provides orthodontic treatment for adults, adolescents, and children in the McAllen area. We follow the guidelines established by the American Association of Orthodontists by recommending that an orthodontic evaluation take place at age 7 for all children. This early evaluation can help to determine the best time to begin any necessary treatment.
Limited treatments are available for younger patients which provide significant benefits, specifically for growth and development. These short-term treatments may also prevent certain conditions from worsening. Treating children with these types of problems during their growth stages allows Dr. Freels to achieve results that may not be possible when face and jaw bones have fully developed. This early treatment can simplify or eliminate additional treatment for the child.
Orthodontic Services Offered at Freels Orthodontics
Dr. Freels has completed years of specialized training to be able to provide our McAllen patients with the highest quality of care. Here at Freels Orthodontics, we are pleased to offer orthodontic services, including:
- Clear Aligners: Using gradual force, clear aligners gently move teeth into alignment without the use of metal wires or brackets. Clear aligners are made with very strong plastic material that is fabricated specifically to fit the patient’s teeth.
- Damon Braces: Using a combination of tieless brackets and high-tech archwires, Damon braces have been clinically proven to be a faster, more comfortable alternative to traditional braces.
- Interceptive Orthodontics: Phase 1 orthodontic treatment reduces the need for tooth extraction and jaw surgery, corrects certain problems as they appear, encourages better facial development, shortens the length of orthodontic treatment needed later on, and leaves patients with a better overall result in the end.
- Invisalign: The inconvenience and discomfort often associated with traditional braces keep some of our patients from wanting to straighten their teeth. For these patients, Invisalign could be the perfect solution.
- Lingual Braces: These braces attach to the inside surface of your teeth, also known as the “lingual” or tongue side. This makes your orthodontic care invisible to the rest of the world.
- Opal Seal: This sealant and primer in one helps us prime your teeth for brackets to keep them firmly in place. At the same time, it acts as a seal to protect your teeth from decalcification and decay.
- Orthodontic Emergencies: As a rule, if you experience severe pain or have an appliance problem you can’t take care of on your own, call our office and schedule an appointment.
- Orthodontic Mouthguards: Braces are an investment worth protecting. Even if you don’t always wear a mouthguard while playing sports, you’ll want to reconsider while wearing braces.
- Retention: The reason we need retainers in order to keep our teeth in their post-braces position is that it takes time for our teeth, gums, and jaw bones to get used to this new arrangement.
How Dr. Freels Can Help
If you want to feel great about your smile and would like a consultation, please give us a quick call at 956.631.8181. We would love to listen to your concerns and find a treatment plan that is perfect for you at our orthodontic office in McAllen, TX.