Summer – A good time to start your orthodontic treatment!

We all know that missing school is hard. Extra work at home and missed assignments are just a few of the reasons that make missing class difficult.

That’s why summer is the perfect time to start your Orthodontic treatment. Did you know that Invisalign offers even fewer in-office visits than traditional braces?

So while you’re planning your summer activities, make sure to call and schedule your appointment for an Orthodontic consultation.

Summer consultations book-up fast and we don’t want you to miss the perfect time to get started!

Braces or Invisalign?

Just like baseball and gymnastics are types of sports, an orthodontist (say: or-thoh-don-tist) is a type of dentist. Using braces, retainers, and other devices, an orthodontist helps straighten a person's teeth and correct the way the jaws line up.

Straight teeth and aligned jaws create nice smiles. On top of that, when your jaws and teeth are well aligned, it's easier to chew food. Orthodontic care can even help prevent snoring!

So why would you go to the orthodontist? Your dentist or one of your parents might recommend it because they see a problem with your teeth or jaws. Or a kid who doesn't like the way his or her teeth look might ask to see an orthodontist.

Orthodontists treat kids for many problems, including having crowded or overlapping teeth or having problems with jaw growth and tooth development. These tooth and jaw problems may be caused by tooth decay, losing baby teeth too soon, accidents, or habits like thumb sucking. These problems also can be genetic or inherited, meaning that they run in a person's family.

When to bring a child to the Orthodontist

Just like baseball and gymnastics are types of sports, an orthodontist (say: or-thoh-don-tist) is a type of dentist. Using braces, retainers, and other devices, an orthodontist helps straighten a person's teeth and correct the way the jaws line up.

Straight teeth and aligned jaws create nice smiles. On top of that, when your jaws and teeth are well aligned, it's easier to chew food. Orthodontic care can even help prevent snoring!

So why would you go to the orthodontist? Your dentist or one of your parents might recommend it because they see a problem with your teeth or jaws. Or a kid who doesn't like the way his or her teeth look might ask to see an orthodontist.

Orthodontists treat kids for many problems, including having crowded or overlapping teeth or having problems with jaw growth and tooth development. These tooth and jaw problems may be caused by tooth decay, losing baby teeth too soon, accidents, or habits like thumb sucking. These problems also can be genetic or inherited, meaning that they run in a person's family.

“If it is of value, others will try to copy it”, Beware.

Isn’t that so true in life?  We see knock offs in clothes, shoes, perfumes, sporting goods, concepts in the cars we drive, and yes in orthodontics.  I know everyone has heard of Invisalign.   In fact, I have been using the Invisalign Brand for 10 years in my orthodontic practice and there is no other clear aligner treatment that can hold a candle to the research and development the Invisalign Company has invested in their product.  The innovations are remarkable and once impossible movements with Invisalign are now possible through the technology incorporated into these clear trays by the size, shape, and location of clear attachments we place on the teeth, and the special placement of torquing contours on the aligners that place positive pressure on targeted points on the tooth for specific movements of these teeth.  And with the continual upgrades in the software to view the stages of treatment as the teeth follow the prescribed progression of movement, all I can say is wow!  What a valuable tool we have to correct misplaced teeth.

Did I say valued?  That means others will try their knock off version and claim that they can do the same thing as Invisalign.  I have tried all the different products in my office and to say they can perform and do the same thing in moving the teeth with the same efficiency as Invisalign is a misnomer.  They may look like a designer’s bag from a distant, but on close inspection, they are not the same in evaluation, treatment planning, monitoring the different stages of treatment, and the actual treatment outcome.  Buyers beware.  Are you really getting the Invisalign Product when you receive clear aligners?

If you are interested in the Invisalign product and not having to take those awful impressions you can contact our office at www.halfordorthodontics.com or you can scan the QR reader for our mobile website, or call us at 281-980-8351, or come by 4503 Sweetwater Blvd and make an appointment to ask about Invisalign and our Itero Scanner that more accurately scans your mouth instead of making molds of your teeth.