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Orthodontic Appliances

Orthodontic treatments shouldn't just be corrective. Children as young as eight can benefit from preventative orthodontic care.

Orthodontic appliances help guide your child's jaw and tooth growth into the proper position to prevent problems in the future.

At Hulme Orthodontics, we offer various orthodontic appliance options to guide our San Antonio, TX, patients' dental growth. 

What Are Orthodontic Appliances?

Sometimes, a child's smile needs a bit of an extra push than what braces and Invisalign® clear aligners can deliver. Our Boerne dental office offers orthodontic appliances for patients to wear before, during, and after treatment to modify how the jaws are set as they grow through adolescence. Using these orthodontic appliances, we can establish a harmonious bite and tooth relationship, setting the stage for effective braces or Invisalign treatment. Your child can then benefit from a different orthodontic appliance to maintain the results of treatment.

Which Concerns Can Orthodontic Appliances Prevent and Correct?

Headgear and palatal expanders are ideal orthodontic appliances for children or teens experiencing initial signs of the following dental concerns:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Impacted teeth
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite
  • Overbite
  • Underbite

Treatment Starts at 8 Years Old Explore Orthodontic Appliances During a Consultation

To prevent issues like overbites, underbites, and more, we recommend parents bring their child into our office for an initial consultation at eight years old. If Dr. Hulme suspects your child's jaw and tooth growth may be interrupted by the concerns above, he may recommend an orthodontic appliance to modify the way the jaws are growing. Rather than correcting problems once they are finalized, Dr. Hulme's goal with orthodontic appliance treatment is to prevent problems from occurring altogether.

Explore your treatment options at one of our San Antonio-area offices. Request a consultation online or call us at:

(210) 871-1763

"100% recommend to family and friends." Patients Across San Antonio Choose Hulme Orthodontics


Karissa Ramirez

San Antonio, TX


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Dr. Hulme and his staff is very welcoming and friendly. The lobby is very clean and organized. Dr. Hulme is an awesome orthodontist. 100% recommend to family and friends ❤️

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michelle heath

San Antonio, TX


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Wonderful experience! Prices are a bit higher than surrounding orthodontists, however, the doctor and staff are so much more friendly treat you like a patient of theirs, not some number.

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Why Choose Hulme Orthodontics?

Board-Certified Specialist

Dr. Hulme is exclusively focused on the field of orthodontics and is recognized as a board-certified specialist. He is one of the first orthodontists to earn board certification from the American Board of Orthodontics.

Meet Directly With Dr. Hulme

Dr. Hulme's practice has expanded to six locations in the Greater San Antonio area. Though we have offices in Boerne, Braceland, Castroville, Westwood Center, Huebner Parke, and China Grove, Dr. Hulme still believes in meeting each of his patients to develop a treatment plan. 

Variety of Treatments

As a board-certified orthodontist, Dr. Hulme is well-versed in a variety of treatments to give patients teeth worth smiling about. Palatal expanders, headgear, and other orthodontic options we offer typically can't be found at a general dentist's office. 

Convenient Hours

It can be difficult to schedule your child's orthodontic appointment in a way that doesn't interfere with their school hours and your working hours. Our orthodontist offers convenient office hours before and after school, as well as on many school holidays.

Insurance and Financing  for Orthodontic Appliance Treatment

Dental insurance will likely cover part or all of the cost of your child's orthodontic appliance treatment, as it is essential for healthy dental growth and maintenance. If your insurance does not cover treatment or you don't have insurance, we accept monthly financing through CareCredit® to help you budget the cost of treatment into a plan that works for you.

Dedicated Treatment Results in Beautiful Smiles A Real Patient's Before and After Photos

Depending on your child's age and the severity of their misalignment, we may be able to correct an uneven bite with the help of rubber bands and braces. 
Case 1 before underbite treatment
Case 1 after underbite treatment
This patient had an underbite, which Dr. Hulme corrected through traditional braces treatment and rubber band assistance, avoiding the need for corrective jaw surgery or tooth extraction. Whether your child needs orthodontic appliances or a simpler fix, we will tailor treatment to their unique smile.

"Dr. Hulme is an excellent orthodontist." More Reviews From Our San Antonio, TX, Patients


Gloria Carrejo

San Antonio, TX


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Love this place. The entire staff here at (Braceland) Hulme is so attentive and welcoming. Dr Hulme was very understanding and accommodating to my child’s needs.

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Eddie Hsu

San Antonio, TX


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Dr Hulme is an excellent orthodontist. Understands the tradeoff of value vs impact. Has patience and knowledge beyond any other orthodontist I've dealt with. Understanding of circumstances and excellent customer service

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Hulme Orthodontics

Dr. Richard D. Hulme and Dr. Andrew Ray provide customized orthodontic treatments using the latest techniques and innovative technology. Dr. Hulme and Dr. Ray are board-certified by the American Board of Orthodontics and focus solely on orthodontic cases to provide the very best care. They are also members of various dental societies, including:

  • American Board of Orthodontics
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Southwestern Society of Orthodontists
  • Texas Association of Orthodontists

To start your treatment at Hulme Orthodontics, request your appointment or call us at (210) 479-2000.

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