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Orthodontics Boerne

Dr. Vo and other dental professionals who choose orthodontics as their specialty field, focus their efforts on diagnosing, preventing and treating dental abnormalities that can negatively impact the quality of a person’s life. Orthodontists treat patients with issues such as misaligned bites, crooked teeth, wide gaps between teeth and other problems that can affect not only the appearance of the person’s smile, but also how effectively patients can chew food and even how clearly they can speak.
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Don't miss this amazing offer! Call today and get started with braces for only $199 down and $149 per month. In addition, you will get a free orthodontic evaluation.

Invisalign® is a remarkable tooth-straightening method that allows patients to have straighter teeth over the course of several months simply by wearing clear plastic aligner trays for at least 22 hours each day. Every few weeks, the patient is provided with a new set of trays as their teeth continue to straighten. Not only are the plastic aligners virtually invisible to other people; they’re also more comfortable than conventional braces, and the wearer can remove the aligner trays to eat meals and brush and floss. There are two Invisalign® treatment options available: Invisalign® for adults and Invisalign Teen®. The only difference between the two is that the teen version provides for more sets of aligner trays at no additional cost (if needed), the aligners include indicators to inform parents whether their kids are wearing the trays for the required time each day, and the teen aligners help to guide a teen’s tooth roots to their proper locations.

Orthodontic technology has made remarkable advancements over the past several years. Modern patients wanting a straighter smile have a wide variety of methods from which to choose. But for many of these people, conventional metal braces are still the “go-to” method for straightening teeth. This traditional orthodontic treatment has been around for many decades, and is still the preferred method for a variety of reasons. Consisting of metal brackets that are bonded onto the patient’s teeth and connected with archwires and ligatures, all of which exert a slow and steady pressure to straighten teeth over time, conventional braces offer an extremely effective treatment for virtually any dental patient no matter how severely crooked their teeth may be. Traditional braces are typically somewhat less expensive than other orthodontic tooth-straightening methods, and many insurance policies will cover at least a portion of the cost of treatment.

While it’s true that all of the modern tooth-straightening methods work well, they have one thing in common: they take time. Accelerated orthodontics, on the other hand, allows the dentist or orthodontist to straighten a patient’s teeth in a much shorter period of time than other treatment options. The method involves combining orthodontic treatment with surgical techniques. As opposed to traditional orthodontics, which can often take between 2 and 3 years to complete, patients who choose accelerated orthodontics can expect to have straighter teeth in about two-thirds of that time. The periodontal oral surgery involved in this accelerated method activates bone tissue by softening and stimulating it, all of which allows the patient’s teeth to move into their newer, straighter positions in a fraction of the time it takes with traditional orthodontics. An added benefit is that it encourages the growth of new bone tissue, creating a stronger more stable base for the patient’s teeth.
Conventional metal braces have been around for many decades for a good reason: it’s a technology that really works, no matter how crooked your teeth may be! The one complaint that many people share about metal braces is how visible they are to other people. Fortunately, there is one orthodontic treatment that offers the effective technology of metal braces but reduces their visibility at the same time: tooth-colored braces. Rather than the metal brackets used with traditional braces, tooth-colored braces utilize ceramic brackets and archwires that very closely match the shade of the patient’s natural teeth. Patients who choose tooth-colored braces should avoid foods and drinks that can stain the ceramic material, and it’s important to know that they may cause gum sensitivity in some people. Still, in many ways, tooth-colored braces are really the best of both worlds: not only are they every bit as effective as metal braces, they’re also less obvious to other people.

Lingual braces employ the same tooth-straightening technology as traditional metal braces with one important difference: the brackets used with lingual braces are bonded to the back side of the patient’s teeth instead of the front. The result is that these braces are virtually invisible to other people. Just like conventional braces, lingual braces consist of metal brackets, archwires, and ligatures, all of which apply constant and gentle pressure on the patient’s teeth over a period of time lasting between 18 and 36 months. At the end of the treatment, patients with even the most severely crooked smiles are rewarded with a straighter, more beautiful smile. While this method is just as effective as  traditional braces, it’s important for the patient to know that lingual braces may be irritating to the gums and other soft tissues, although most patients become accustomed to the braces in time. Another added benefit is the cost – our INBRACE lingual braces are surprisingly affordable!

Many modern orthodontic treatment methods are based on the technology employed with traditional metal braces. That’s because the conventional means of straightening teeth is so effective. And self-ligating braces are yet another treatment that falls into that category. This tooth straightening method consists of brackets that are bonded to the surface of each tooth, archwires that connect the brackets, and ligatures that attach the archwires to the brackets. But unlike traditional metal braces, self-ligating braces utilize clips or brackets instead of rubber bands or elastic ties. The provides several benefits for the patient: self-ligating braces shorten the time required in the initial stage of the tooth straightening process; the clips/brackets are easier to clean; many patients find self-ligating braces to be more comfortable than traditional braces, and; because this treatment method requires fewer adjustments, it typically requires fewer visits to the dentist or orthodontist.

A person with a “gummy smile” has gum tissue that extends too far down the surface of their front teeth. As a result, the patient’s front teeth appear to be shorter than would be normal for most people. Gum contouring is an orthodontic treatment method that removes that excess gum tissue. And while this treatment is not necessarily new – it has been performed by dentists, orthodontists, and oral surgeons for many years – the modern version of this method is most definitely new, and it’s all thanks to laser technology. Gum contouring is now a simple, quick process that involves utilizing a specially designed laser to remove excess gum tissue. The laser not only shortens the amount of time required for the procedure; it also cauterizes the gum tissue, thereby sealing the tissue to prevent bleeding and greatly reducing the amount of time it takes for the patient to heal afterwards.

Don't miss this amazing offer! Call today and get started with braces for only $199 down and $149 per month. In addition, you will get a free orthodontic evaluation.