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Orthodontics

Lone Star Dental Care

Family Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Frisco, TX

Orthodontics is the dental specialty that helps to realign crooked teeth and address problems like wide gaps. If you or your child has teeth that are misaligned, experienced dentists Afshin Vahadi, DDS, and Vafa Mirshams, DDS, at Lone Star Dental Care in Frisco, Texas, can help. Their team provides expert orthodontic treatments, including both metal braces and Invisalign® clear plastic aligners. Call them today to find out more or book an appointment using the online form.

Orthodontics Q & A

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a dental specialty concerned with tooth alignment and the correction of misaligned teeth.

Crooked teeth or malocclusion can affect anyone at any age. Unless your malocclusion receives the correct treatment, the misalignment can detract from your smile's appearance. It also places your smile at risk because you're more likely to experience issues like tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease.

Orthodontics corrects malocclusion so you can have straighter, healthier teeth and a more beautiful smile. The orthodontics team at Lone Star Dental Care can help fix even severe malocclusions as well as related problems, including closing wide gaps between your teeth.

Straightening crooked teeth improves your speech and chewing ability and prevents excessive teeth trauma. Orthodontics can also help with problems like grinding and clenching your teeth by providing custom-designed mouth guards.

What techniques does orthodontics use?

The main orthodontic treatment is the use of braces to correct tooth placement and transform your smile. Braces come in various forms, including metal, ceramic, or plastic brackets that bond to your teeth.

Braces consist of wires, brackets, and bands that work in harmony to gradually move your teeth into their correct position. Your dentist fixes the bands around your teeth, where they act as anchors.

The brackets connect to the front of your teeth, while the wires pass through the brackets before fixing to the bands. During each visit to Lone Star Dental Care, your orthodontist tightens the wire, applying tension to your teeth and encouraging them to move into a better position.

Invisalign® is an alternative to metal braces that uses clear plastic custom aligners. The aligners fit over your teeth and are easily removable. You wear them for a minimum of 22 hours out of 24, removing them just to eat or for cleaning.

What age should I start orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatments can be of benefit to children as young as 12 years old. Dental crowding and bite misalignments are two issues that benefit from early treatment, as the more crooked or complicated your teeth issues are, the longer you'll have to wear braces.

You normally need to wear your braces for between one and two years, although Invisalign retainers work more quickly for many patients. When your treatment finishes, you wear a retainer at night to keep your teeth aligned.

To discover how orthodontics can improve both your confidence and your smile, call Lone Star Dental Care today or book an appointment online.