If you’re self-conscious about your smile due to crooked teeth or you’re experiencing oral health issues due to an improper bite alignment, Dr. Chris Mun and the team at Whitestone Family Dentistry can help. We specialize in orthodontics in Cedar Park. With our help, you can improve your smile and your oral health, and enjoy the smile you deserve.
Orthodontics is the practice of using special oral appliances and devices to straighten the teeth and improve the alignment of your teeth. The term comes from the Greek word “orthos” which means “straight” or “correct,” and “odont,” which means tooth.
The purpose of orthodontics is to correct health issues with the smile and the bite. There are lots of reasons that the teeth and jaws may be misaligned or unhealthy, such as genetic factors, habits like thumb sucking as a child, and much more.
The job of an orthodontist is to come up with a plan to correct the position of the teeth and jaws, and provide a patient with a healthy, strong, and beautiful smile. Orthodontics is concerned with both your oral health and your appearance.
If you know that you have some crooked teeth, or you think you have a bite issue like an overbite or underbite, this is a sign that you may need orthodontic care.
But the only way to know whether or not orthodontics is right for you is to contact Dr. Chris Mun for an orthodontic consultation at Whitestone Family Dentistry. Dr. Mun will examine your mouth closely and take x-rays to determine if orthodontics are necessary to correct your smile.
Metal braces have been in use for a very long time, and are the most versatile and effective way to treat complex orthodontic issues. They consist of metal brackets that are attached to your teeth using dental cement. Then, special elastic bands hold an “archwire” in place, which runs through all these brackets. By tightening and adjusting this archwire, your orthodontist can move your teeth and change your bite.
Ceramic braces are basically the same as metal braces, but they’re made of tooth-colored or clear ceramic materials instead of metal. This means they are much more subtle, since they blend in with your natural teeth. This makes them a better option for adult patients, who may be self-conscious about how metal braces will make them look.
Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, are a removable, invisible alternative to braces. These clear plastic devices look sort of like a retainer or a night guard. They’re worn for 20-22 hours per day, and are designed to place pressure on your teeth and move them toward the proper position without using braces and brackets.
Invisalign is not suitable for all orthodontic patients, but is a great option for minor-to-moderate orthodontic issues, particularly in adults. Contact Whitestone Family Dentistry to learn more and see if treatment with Invisalign clear aligners may be right for you.