Braces for Adults and Children

Clear aligners are all the rage today. In some cases, however, good old-fashioned braces are still the best option for many reasons. While some people shy away from braces because they are visible, we find that our patients grow accustomed to them pretty quickly and many people even think they look cute when they smile.

Dr. Bar is our in-house orthodontic specialist, and he will help you decide which path will suit your beautiful smile best – braces or clear aligners.

Why choose traditional braces:

  • Braces are bonded to teeth for compliance
  • Braces treat complex bite cases
  • Braces work better for children still developing
  • Braces are predictable and time-tested
  • Braces provide better “fine-tuning” of the bite

Both traditional orthodontics and clear aligners can correct the following issues:

  • Over or underbite
  • Protrusion (buck teeth or bunny teeth)
  • Overlapping or tilted teeth
  • Crossbite 
  • Overcrowding

Traditional braces are often advised for complex cases of malocclusion (a bad bite) or teeth that need extensive treatment to achieve results.

Children’s Orthodontic Evaluation

Unlike just a few decades ago when kids had their first orthodontic evaluation in their teens, we now evaluate children’s development around age four. This is because the jaw is still growing and developing. Interceptive orthodontics can guide the growth of the jaw to better accommodate their adult teeth. One of the main benefits of interceptive, or Phase I orthodontics, is that we can often avoid extracting perfectly healthy teeth because of overcrowding.

When children have developmental orthodontics, guiding the jaw and palate properly can also improve the profile, facial structure, and overall appearance for the child.

Phase II orthodontics can often be shorter, less complex and more comfortable for kids.

Adult Orthodontics

You will see more adults than ever with braces because people are realizing that having a straight smile is about more than just good looks. Properly aligned teeth are healthier and easier to keep that way. In many cases, you can enjoy fewer headaches and less jaw pain because the alignment of your teeth plays a role in your jaw function. For our adult patients, you often have a choice between traditional metal brackets and wires and ceramic brackets and wires that blend in more with your smile.

Guidelines for Teeth Braces During Treatment

Brackets are bonded to teeth and the teeth movement is guided with an adjustable wire. Eating the wrong foods can result in popping off a bracket or breaking a wire. It’s best to avoid sticky or overly crunchy foods. Cut up apples and carrots before eating them and avoid things like corn on the cob.

Keeping braces clean requires just a bit of extra work, but is essential to preventing gum disease and tooth decay while undergoing treatment. To make it easier, special floss threaders or interproximal brushes can help.

Orthodontic Evaluation in Katy, TX

If you are wondering whether clear aligners or traditional braces are right for you, contact Dr. Katie To, Center for Integrative Wellness and Cosmetic Dentistry, to book an orthodontic evaluation and take a big step toward a healthy, show-stopping smile.