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Is There More to Orthodontics in Highland Village Than Braces?

September 19, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Ryan Thomas @ 4:47 pm

blonde girl with dental headgearYears ago, the only dental procedure that qualified as orthodontic was the placement of metal  . With the ever-evolving world of dental technology, though, there are more procedures available to enhance the functionality and aesthetics of patients’ smiles. As you read on, you’ll learn about some of the other forms of orthodontics in Highland Village and what they offer.


The Invisalign method is becoming one of the more common ways to correct bite issues. It uses clear aligners that come in a complete series. Each set of trays is worn for two weeks and then discarded for the next pair in the series.

The clear, plastic aligners allow patients to enjoy a more discreet treatment process. Furthermore, the procedure usually takes less time to complete than that of the traditional-braces method.


For patients experiencing accelerated jaw growth, your dentist may fit them with headgear. It consists of a strap placed around the back of the head, which is attached to a metal wire in the front of the mouth. Not only does this correct bite problems, but it also contributes to the prevention of jaw issues like TMJ disorder.

Palatal Expanders

Typically, a palatal expander is used when the upper jaw is narrower than the lower jaw. The metal appliance fits the roof of the mouth and uses screws to push out the bones and joints to create the proper occlusion.

Space Maintainers

For primary teeth that are lost prematurely, space maintainers may be needed to prevent other teeth from erupting in the wrong place. The application consists of a band that is attached to one tooth and a wire that extends to the tooth on the other side, which applies enough tension to keep the space open.

Removable Retainers

After treatment with braces or Invisalign has completed, the underlying bone still needs time to set into the new position. Thus, it’s required to wear removable retainers.

Here are some of the benefits they offer:

  • Easy Dental Hygiene – Since your retainers are removable, they are easy to clean.
  • Short Treatment Time – Typically, retainers need to be worn consistently for 90 days, after which period, the amount of time they are worn daily can be reduced.
  • Maintenance Your Smile – The primary benefit of wearing retainers is that they ensure that the results you’ve earned will last.

Lip and Cheek Bumpers

These are special apparatuses used to help in arch development. Thus, they work in conjunction with the tongue to counter the pressure applied by the lips and cheeks on your teeth so that balance can be achieved.

Jaw Repositioning Appliances

A final orthodontic treatment option is the jaw repositioning appliance. It helps to move the upper or lower jaw so that your mouth can close properly.

With the many options available now, you have a vast sea of orthodontic treatments to help achieve a more aesthetically-pleasing and functional smile. So if you or your little one have bite issues, don’t hesitate to reach out to your dentist for help.

About the Author

Dr. Ryan Thomas received his dental degree from New York University School of Dentistry. With over a decade of experience, he offers patients the comprehensive and expert care they need. In his postgraduate capacity, Dr. Thomas has completed advanced training in Orthodontics with Invisalign and Progressive Orthodontics Seminars. He helps patients correct bite issues and smile with confidence at Highland Village Family Dentistry, and he can be reached for more information through his website.

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