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Why Undergo Orthodontic Treatment?  

Our patients choose to undergo orthodontic treatment (braces), in order to achieve a healthy  bite that provides function and boosts your confidence for years to come.  To learn more about your bite, and how braces can benefit you, our practice offers complimentary consultations that can showcase a 3D tour of your mouth using our iTero scanner.

How Braces Can Help

Braces can improve oral health

By undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces, your teeth that overlap can be shifted into a healthier alignment. These properly aligned teeth will allow you to brush and floss easier than before. Having the ability to clean your mouth will greatly improve your overall dental hygiene which means less time in the dental chair.

Braces cover a significant portion of your teeth which can lead to questions regarding the best way to keep your routine hygiene during treatment. Our dentists can teach you the proper ways to brush and floss during your orthodontic treatment to keep your oral hygiene healthy. Brushing and flossing is extremely important during orthodontic treatment and is imperative to ensuring a healthy bite at the end of treatment.

Digestive Health & Speech Impediments Help

With misaligned teeth, chewing can be difficult. When chewing your food, the goal is to ensure the food is chewed into tiny bits before entering the stomach to ensure a smooth digestive process. If you are unable to chew your food into tinier bits, your stomach can take longer to digest food.

When shifting teeth into a healthier alignment, your ability to chew food becomes much more streamlined. Having a healthier bite with proper contact points means food is chewed and digested effectively. Having a holistic approach to your health is important in choosing orthodontic treatment. Our doctors are prepared to ensure a smooth journey and improve your eating experience.

Did you know misaligned teeth can impact the way you speak? Teeth are imperative in helping you distinctly pronounce words. If teeth have a misaligned malocclusion, your speaking patterns can be negatively affected.

Orthodontic treatment with braces can play an important part in adjusting the position of your teeth to give you clearer speech. Realigning your teeth allows more room for your tongue to move easily around your mouth which can reduce a speech impediment.

Self Esteem Boost

While there are various reasons listed above that explain how braces can improve your health. Let’s talk about the obvious choice: braces straighten crooked or misaligned teeth which can lead to improved confidence levels. While our dentists at Belterra Dental believe all smiles are beautiful, it doesn’t change the fact that some patients can feel uncomfortable when showcasing their smiles.

Orthodontic treatment will allow our patients to achieve the smile they have always dreamed of. While braces are temporarily in your mouth, they can provide a lifetime of beautiful, confident smiles.

How We Treat Orthodontic Patients with Braces

Complimentary Orthodontic Consults

Getting started with braces at our Austin Dental Practice is simple; schedule a complimentary consult with Dr. Chandra in order to receive a Cephalometric Radiographic X-Ray(CEPH), and a wellness scan (3D digital tour of your mouth) and treatment options that work for you.The CEPH is a unique tool our doctors use to track proper orthodontic treatment by capturing a complete radiographic image of the side of your skull. This allows Dr. Chandra to view the teeth, jawbone, and soft tissues beyond what can be seen with the naked eye. 

After reviewing whether you are a good candidate for braces, Dr. Chandra will discuss the treatment plan, time frame, and more with you. If you are in agreement, we can get you started!

How do we get braces to adjust your teeth?

Braces have small fixtures called brackets that are attached to your teeth. Archwire; a thin metal wire runs through these brackets and is gradually adjusted over a period of time to apply force, which moves your misaligned teeth into a desired position.

For the orthodontic treatment to be a success, the archwire must be secured in the brackets effectively. Traditional braces achieve this security by using elastic bands or metal ties. At Belterra Dental, we use a self-ligating braces system which is built into the bracket itself to hold the archwire.

Self-ligating braces, or self-ligating brackets use a small door or gate-like mechanism to close over the bracket to ensure the required force is available to shift misaligned teeth. Both traditional braces and self-ligating braces need periodic adjustments, so there isn’t a huge disparity in the two options

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Regular exams help spot trouble early to prevent bigger and more costly treatments later.

Medical and dental experts study the use of X-rays and set limits for their safety. Your dentist should take as few as possible. Sometimes dentists may recommend X-rays to diagnose a special problem. Advancements in technology means today’s digital X-rays release much less radiation and are safer than in the past.

Stores sell many whitening products, and you can get take-home gels and trays from your dentist, but neither is as strong as procedures done in a dental office

If you want to try an over-the-counter whitener, look for one with an ADA seal. Check with your dentist for advice before you buy, especially if you have dental work or dark stains. And don’t keep using them, or you could damage your teeth.

Caps and crowns cover problem teeth by surrounding them in a material that looks like a real tooth. They use the root and inside of the tooth as a base to build on, then attach with special cement.

Children, teens, and adults should all see the dentist for a regular checkup at least once every six months. Patients who are at a greater risk for oral cancer or gum disease may be required to see the dentist more than just twice a year. Your doctor will help determine how often you should visit the dentist for regular checkups.

Simply call our practice! Our front desk staff will be happy to help schedule your next dental checkup at your convenience. If you are a new patient, please let us know and we will provide you with all the information you need for your first dental visit.

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