Orthodontics

Orthodontics in Grand Prairie, TX 75052

Grand Prairie Orthodontic treatment is available for patients who need correction in the alignment of their teeth and jaw. For some, braces may be the answer. This process would entail metal wires that stay intact with elastic bands on orthodontic brackets. This treatment is ideal for crooked teeth and mispositioned jaws. The benefits of orthodontic treatment go above that of correcting the alignment one's teeth. This treatment can also relieve pain from TMJ syndrome and overall bite problems. At Prime Dental Grand Prairie, our treatment focuses on re-aligning teeth, straightening crooked smiles and treating overbites that will bring about newfound confidence in the way you talk, feel, and look. It is our goal is to build a strong relationship with our patients so they can trust our professional experience and live without any constraints. 

How Can I Tell If Orthodontics is for Me?

Your dentist is the only one who can tell you if you might be better off with orthodontics. To sum it up, your dental practitioner employs a variety of diagnostic instruments, including a complete medical and dental history, molds of your teeth, specialized x-rays, and imaging. Only after a thorough examination can your dental professional determine if you are a proper candidate for orthodontics. If you appear to require orthodontic treatment, a dentist can help you develop a reasonable care plan to fit your dental needs.

There are a variety of conditions which make a person an ideal candidate for orthodontic treatment. Also known as “buck teeth,” an overbite is when your top front teeth stick out over the bottom teeth. An underbite is the opposite of an overbite yet is still a concern for dentists. People with crossbites are also ideal candidates for orthodontics because they have teeth which don’t align correctly when biting down. Correspondingly, open bites occur when there is a space in-between the top and bottom front teeth when biting down. Crowding is also a common concern for dentists because often people have too many teeth for their jawbone.

Will braces be painful?

When the dentist is placing the braces on your teeth, you may feel slight discomfort (mainly from your mouth just having to be held open), and pressure as each tooth is being treated, but it should not be painful. After the braces have been put on, we have found that there is an adjustment period both in how one eats or talks just because it’s new. Sometimes people have some pain associated with teeth that are moving, but it is usually tolerable. Our dentists at Prime Dental Grand Prairie are experts and have over 40 years of experience and knowledge to ensure your treatment is easy, worry and pain-free. If at any time you are uncomfortable, our dentists are more than happy to help you with successful tips or tricks that make it easier.

What can I expect when getting braces?

Patients can expect multiple dental visits during the initial stage of their braces process. Patients can expect that the following days after the placement of the braces to be accompanied with some discomfort as your mouth gets used to the newness of the braces themselves. After a week or two depending on your pain tolerance, the soreness or sensitivity should subside. For best results, we recommend that patients be on top of their check-ups and that they practice proper at-home care.

Will I have to give up certain foods?

After your first treatment and the days that follow, patients should be careful not to eat anything that is extremely hard or sticky as this could damage a bracket or cause one to fall off. Our dentists recommend eating soft meals and limiting dark drinks as much as possible. After a week, you will feel more confident about eating regular meals.

Are braces the only option for straight teeth?

Thanks to modern technology and advances in the dentistry industry, patients are not limited to solely wearing braces to achieve straighter and more aligned teeth. As a matter of fact, there are a wide variety of fixed and removable appliances which may be right for you. For instance, alongside braces, other fixed appliances included those attached by hand and space maintainers. On the opposite end of the spectrum are removable appliances.

Aligners are the most common appliance use instead of permanent and semi-permanent appliances. Furthermore, aligners are becoming more and more common because they fix your teeth the same way that a fixed appliance does. In addition to this popular removable appliance, devices such as jaw repositioning appliances, cheek and lip bumpers, and palatal expanders may be an alternative to permanent fixtures. Not to mention, removable retainers can be worn on the roof of your mouth to reduce the shifting of teeth. Plus, retainers can even be used to stop a youngster from sucking on their thumb.

Lastly, our cosmetic dentists are proud to provide options such as Invisalign® to achieve a beautiful, straighter smile. Ask our dentists what options are best for you, when visiting Prime Dental Grand Prairie.