Orthodontist in Houston, TX
One of our many services at Smile Architects is correcting the teeth and jaw. We have our own orthodontist in Houston, TX, that uses braces and other equipment if needed to position the teeth in an ideal position for a beautiful, healthy smile. You can tell from our gallery that our orthodontic services have made a visible difference for patients. Straight teeth are much easier to clean and floss.
Traditional models are made from metal and have come a long way in recent years. They’re much smaller and more comfortable, consisting of metal brackets and wires. Traditional braces are the most common form and require periodic tightening so the teeth and jaw can be aligned properly.
Invisalign are, as their name suggests, the invisible braces, more commonly referred to as Invisalign clear aligners. They are clear, removable trays that are custom-fitted, worn for the majority of the day, and adjust with your teeth. Clear braces have their pros and cons versus the traditional, and we can tell you the best choice for you.
These are made of composite materials that aim to be as transparent as possible. They can match the color of your natural teeth so it will be hard to notice them. If you’re aiming for a more natural look, ceramic braces provide it and get the job done.
Our clear retainer made of plastic is similar to the Invisalign tray. Plastic retainers are custom-made to fit your teeth and virtually invisible. They are easy to remove but less durable than the Hawleys because they are made from plastic.
The most common retainers are the Hawley ones. They are made from a piece of molded plastic and wires that hold your teeth in position. They are simple, durable, and easy to remove. The wires can be adjusted on the retainers if needed and the plastic part can be customized.
A retainer that’s bonded is fixed and in most cases permanent. They’re not visible but they cannot be removed by the wearer. A bonded retainer is commonly used for the lower front teeth or for area where the chances of the teeth moving are high.
This is a device used to widen the upper jaw. In doing so, the upper and lower teeth can better align and fit together.
Find out which of these is right for you by contacting us today. We’re here to make your teeth the best they can be.