Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry specializing in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of jaw, face and bite irregularities (malocclusions*). Orthodontic treatment is provided by an oral health care provider known as an Orthodontist, who has typically completed two to three years of additional training beyond dental school.
Now more than ever, patients rely on orthodontic care as a means of improving oral health. But they’re just as interested in making their smiles look as perfect as possible. One way to attain or maintain a beautiful, healthy smile is by scheduling a visit with an orthodontist. These dentists specialize in diagnosing, treating and preventing malocclusions, which occur when teeth are not aligned properly while the jaws are closed. Malocclusions result in crooked teeth and a poor bite, which not only affect one’s ability to chew food and causes speech problems, but also impacts a person’s appearance and can even lead to periodontal disease.
Fortunately, the expert staff at Galleria Dental is here to help. Our staff includes many of Houston’s best orthodontists, who are highly trained professionals with a minimum of two or three years of post-dental school training. Orthodontists deliver treatment options that address misalignments and irregularities in the jaw area for patients whose ages range from pre-teen to adults. Oftentimes, orthodontists are also trained in other dental fields such as maxillofacial or cosmetic dentistry, making them among the more versatile members of the dental industry.
In short, the orthodontists at Galleria Dental are equipped with a wide range of dental skills that are used to bring about one outcome: a straight and beautiful smile. So schedule a consultation with one of our talented orthodontists—you’ll be glad you did!
How Our Galleria Dental Orthodontists Can Help YOU
There are many benefits to a well-aligned set of teeth, such as better oral hygiene and clearer speech. The best way to ensure the long-term health of teeth is to take an orthodontic assessment. In fact, the American Dental Association recommends that such an assessment be given as early as seven years old. But whether you’re seven or seventy, it’s never too late to visit an orthodontist so that any latent or active malocclusions (or other dental issues) are identified and taken care of as soon as possible.
Our Galleria Dental orthodontists are able to successfully treat the following dental issues:
- anteroposterior deviations (e.g., underbite or overbite)
- overcrowding (i.e., lack of space between teeth)
- aesthetic issues (e.g., jaw restructuring or realignment)
An orthodontic exam of the jaw and teeth typically includes panoramic x-rays and study models (also known as bite impressions). These procedures are performed prior to treatment options offered by the orthodontist. Whether short- or long-term, orthodontic care is designed to ensure the comfort of the patient, help him or her gain full function of their jaw, and to restore their confidence in the state of their smile.
Common orthodontic treatment options include:
- dental braces made of metal, ceramics or clear (“invisible”) materials
- headgear and facemasks that fit around the head and attach to braces
- retainers that help maintain a straight alignment of the jawbone
At Galleria Dental, we take pride in providing Houston’s best orthodontists. For more information about our orthodontic treatments, call our office to schedule a consultation.