Why Braces? Why an Orthodontist?

Before deciding to undergo orthodontic treatment, we recommend understanding your own personal orthodontic problems and understanding all advantages and disadvantages of the appliances used to solve your problems. Orthodontics is one of the areas in dentistry recognized by the American Dental Association and the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners as a specialty.  Drs. Del Toro and Kimes are specialists in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.  Orthodontists are required to undergo 2-3 years of additional formal training after dental school learning not only how to straighten teeth but also how the face, jaws, and teeth come together to create your “bite” and smile.  Proper understanding of this inter-relationship is key to achieving a highly esthetic and highly functioning smile . An orthodontist is specifically trained to accomplish both goals.

For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics. A thorough diagnosis and  treatment plan from an orthodontist can also improve the health of your teeth and gums, and it can also dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem.

How Orthodontic Treatment Works

Orthodontic appliances can be made of stainless steel, ceramic, or plastic. They may be removable (retainers or aligners) or they may be brackets (braces) bonded to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to a corrected position. Our office utilizes the Damon System, Invisalign, the Lythos Digital Impression System, and the Insignia Advanced Smile Design System…all are the cutting edge technology…to deliver the best care to our patients.

Duration of Treatment

Treatment time ranges greatly depending on the type of treatment, the severity of the problems being corrected, and patient compliance.  The average duration for comprehensive treatment  in an adolescent is about 24 months.