Straightening the teeth can accomplish so many wonderful things beyond simply making the smile look more attractive. When the teeth are properly aligned, they are also much easier to clean, dramatically lowering someone’s long-term risk for cavities and gum disease. Dr. Valant has been providing top-quality orthodontic care in Cedar Hill since 1991, and over the decades, he’s helped countless children and adults achieve healthier, more confident smiles. To learn more about this treatment and how Dr. Valant can help correct crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, contact us today.
Phase One Orthodontics can be used to correct dental and skeletal issues in a child’s growing mouth. Early intervention can give their permanent teeth the best possible chance of coming in straight. Early treatment can even help break certain habits that can affect skeletal growth, like thumb sucking or tongue thrusting. When applied correctly, it can dramatically affect a child's orthodontic treatment.
Traditional metal braces are made of surgical stainless steel. They are bonded to your teeth with a special adhesive that will not damage your teeth when the braces are removed. Putting the brackets on involves NO injections! During the length of your treatment, the braces will place a constant gentle force on your teeth to move them slowly in a carefully controlled direction to the desired position. Our office uses the best materials and the most advanced dental technology to make your treatment to be as comfortable and as short as possible.
Clear/ceramic braces use brackets and wires to move the teeth just like traditional ones, but instead of metal, they’re made of clear ceramic and tooth-colored wires. This gives the appliance a much more subtle appearance that blends easily into the smile, making this treatment ideal for image-conscious teens and adults. Despite their more aesthetic quality, they’re still able to tackle a wide-range of orthodontic issues just like regular braces!
Traditionally, the wires used with metal braces are held in place on the brackets using small elastic bands. With self-ligating braces, however, the wires are instead secured using tiny latches on each individual bracket. This enables the wire to apply the necessary pressure to move the teeth more smoothly and efficiently, leading to a shorter and more comfortable treatment. Plus, self-ligating braces are slightly more aesthetic compared to regular ones because they don’t have the colored elastics that can stick out in the smile.