Time for Braces? We Can Help.
Whether you or your child is suffering from misaligned or crooked teeth, or you have concerns about their bite or speech, our orthodontic specialists in Universal City can help you determine if braces are the right choice. By age 7, most kids will have lost a few of their baby teeth, leaving open spaces for permanent teeth to start filling in. Many times, permanent teeth will begin crowding into inappropriate spaces, pushing other baby teeth out of alignment or impacting other permanent teeth. When this happens, consulting with an orthodontist sooner rather than after is vital. Early intervention can be the difference between affordable braces and space maintainers or expensive and extensive procedures later on. Not only will later procedures be more painful, but your wallet will also take a hit.
Avoid Extensive Treatment Later
Early intervention can be the difference between affordable braces and space maintainers or expensive and extensive procedures later on. Not only will later procedures be more painful, but your wallet will also take a hit. Early intervention with orthodontics can:
- Keep the upper and lower dental arches at an appropriate width
- Provide adequate space for incoming permanent teeth
- Decrease the likelihood of tooth extraction
- Help avoid impacted permanent teeth
- Correct damage from thumb sucking or improper use of bottles
- Improve swallowing and encourage proper enunciation in speech
In other words, early treatment can reduce the amount of intervention needed later on in life.
How Do I Know Which Option is Best?
There are more options to correct crooked teeth today than there were just twenty short years ago, and while that is exciting, it can also cause frustration for some. How do you know which is the best choice for you or your child? At Premier Dental Center, we understand the anxiety that can be felt when starting any orthodontic treatment, and that is why we encourage an initial consultation to discuss the pros and cons of each treatment plan before moving forward. This way, you can feel confident that your smile will be the best it can be with the choice that is perfect for your age, needs, and budget.
While Invisalign is an excellent option for adults and teens, it is not typically encouraged for anyone under the age of 16. Because Invisalign requires a lot of self-disciple to remove and replace aligners at appropriate times and the overall cleaning and care required, many parents and orthodontists agree that a maturity level needs to be reached before this can be a good option.
This leaves adolescents and kids under the age of 16 with the option of traditional braces. While this option seems to still have a negative stigma around it, modern metal braces can be installed comfortable with little pain and can be maintained easily with good brushing, flossing, and rinsing habits (all of which are taught to your child at their orthodontist appointments). Traditional braces also provide families with an affordable choice for bite and space correction. Our team works hard to provide custom payment options for each patient and family to allow them to improve the quality of their life without damaging their finances.
Consult the Orthodontist for Braces
The process of starting any orthodontic treatment can seem daunting, but we assure you that once you schedule your initial consultation with our orthodontist in Universal City, you will only feel excited and relaxed. Dr. Andrew Hockley, D.D.S., M.S. is a highly experienced and professional orthodontist from San Antonio and has earned the distinguished title of Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. Dr. Hockley and our skilled orthodontic team will work with you to determine the best treatment plan for your unique dental needs.
Let’s get started together! Schedule by calling our orthodontics line at 726-201-1526.