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Orthodontists are specially trained to straighten crooked, gapped, or crowded teeth to improve your oral health and self-confidence.

Hulme Orthodontics focuses exclusively on orthodontics. We can personalize treatment with metal braces, ceramic braces, or Invisalign®.

Why should you visit Hulme Orthodontics in San Antonio, TX, for orthodontic care?

What Is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialized field of dentistry that diagnoses and treats irregularities with the bite, such as gapped teeth, bite misalignment, crooked teeth, and more. Treatment may include traditional orthodontics such as metal braces or alternatives such as Invisalign. These options are tried, tested, and trusted orthodontic solutions to straighten your teeth and give you a more beautiful and healthier smile.

A Full Range of Orthodontic Services Catered to Your Needs 

At Hulme Orthodontics, every member of your family can achieve a beautiful smile. Dr. Hulme and Dr. Nairooz combine their extensive training with genuine concern for their patients, resulting in an unparalleled level of orthodontic care.

Orthodontists vs. General Dentists What's the Difference?

Advanced Training

In addition to attending dental school, Dr. Richard D. Hulme has additional specialty training in the field of orthodontics. He received his orthodontic training at the nation's top dental school in San Antonio and held the distinction of Chief Resident of his orthodontic program.

Special Certification

Dr. Hulme was among the first class of orthodontists to become board-certified by the American Board of Orthodontics during his specialty training. He is also an active member of several other organizations that allow him to stay at the forefront of orthodontic advancements and technology.

Best Possible Results

By focusing solely on orthodontic care, Dr. Hulme and Dr. Nairooz are able to better customize braces and Invisalign treatment to your unique dental needs. During your appointment, you will always meet directly with one of our orthodontists and will never wait longer than five minutes to be seen. This is especially helpful for young patients who need to squeeze in their appointments before and after school.

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Kyndall Martinez


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Hulme Orthodontics has exceptional service for braces! The staff is friendly and the offices are inviting to all. I would highly recommend this for your ortho services.

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Mike Barlow


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This is our third kiddo with Dr. Hulme and we are thrilled to start again. Not only is the staff amazing, but our results have been beautiful. We have always had awesome communication and fast responses to questions and... we just love Dr. Hulme!

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Get Started Today

At Hulme Orthodontics in San Antonio, our entire team is dedicated to providing patients of all ages with exceptional orthodontics. From teens to adults, our orthodontist can provide you with optimal results.

Depending on your individual needs and goals, we can straighten your teeth and optimize your bite with Invisalign, traditional metal braces, or ceramic braces. We can help you determine the best treatment to achieve a more attractive smile during a free consultation with our expert orthodontist.

To request an appointment at any of our four offices in San Antonio, TX, contact us online or call:

(210) 479-2000


How Do Traditional Braces Work?

Bands around the molars anchor the archwire. The archwire slowly guides teeth into place. Hooks can anchor rubber bands for more extensive alignment. Brackets are cemented to each tooth. Elastic o-rings hold the archwire in place. Coiled springs are sometimes used to push teeth apart.

How Do Different Orthodontic Systems Compare?

Braces Invisalign
Treatable Cases Mild to Severe Mild to Moderate
Length of Treatment 2 to 4 years 12 to 18 months
Frequency of Appointments Every 6 weeks Every 6 weeks 
Material Used Metal or ceramic brackets Removable clear aligners

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What sets us apart from other practices in San Antonio?

State-of-the-Art Technology

We are proud to use advanced digital technology to ensure patients receive the finest care when planning their orthodontic treatment.

Digital X-rays

These high-resolution images allow our orthodontist to visualize your dental misalignment without exposing you to high levels of radiation.

iTero® Digital Impressions

We can take precise impressions of your smile using a small handheld wand without the messiness of dental putty impressions.

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Expert Care on Your Schedule Call Our San Antonio, TX, Orthodontist Today

At Hulme Orthodontics, we understand just how busy schedules are, especially when you have children. We pride ourselves on providing high-quality, advanced, and timely care to patients and their families so they can receive the orthodontic care they need, even with a busy schedule. Your time is precious, and we work hard to keep wait times low. When you come to our practices serving the San Antonio, TX, area, you can expect an average wait time of four minutes.

Our highly skilled orthodontists use the latest technology in the field of dentistry so we can accurately treat and diagnose patients faster. When you schedule an appointment at one of our orthodontic practices, you can rest assured we will treat you or your child in a timely manner so you can move on with your day. We have six locations to fit your scheduling and travel needs.

Request your free initial consultation by calling our office today or by filling out our online form

(210) 405-7391

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Debra McGuigan Seabers


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Always professional and organized.  Have never waited on an appointment more than a few minutes.  Dr Hulme is enthusiastic and really great with his young patients.  The after care is great.  It’s been over a year and we still check in to make sure all alignment is good! Highly recommend.

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We love Dr. Hulme. After interviewing 5 orthodontists for a special situation my son was in, we were extremely confident in choosing Dr. Hulme & his entire staff!!! Both of my kids have achieved the best results & outstanding service with Dr. Hulme & his entire staff.

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The Importance of Orthodontics

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Orthodontic treatment can provide many oral health benefits to both younger patients and adults. By closing the spaces between teeth, pockets between gums and teeth are minimized, reducing the risk of plaque buildup, cavities, and periodontal disease. Orthodontics can also help the jaws to meet properly, preventing damage such as uneven wear, breaking, and chipping.

A misaligned bite can leave you or your child at a higher risk for injury due to protruding teeth. It can also affect digestion and nutrition because it can interfere with your ability to chew properly. By trusting your orthodontic care to a specialist, you and your family can experience maximum treatment benefits.

Is There an Age Limit
for Orthodontic Treatment? 

While a lot of our patients are children, it is never too late to straighten your teeth, improve your oral health, and achieve the smile you've always dreamed of. If you're an adult who's put off by the idea of traditional metal braces, we can help you explore discreet orthodontic solutions like Invisalign and ceramic braces.

We Focus on Orthodontic Care To Give You the Best Possible Results

By focusing solely on orthodontic care, Dr. Hulme and Dr. Nairooz are able to customize braces and Invisalign treatment to your unique dental needs. During your appointment, you will meet one of our orthodontists within five minutes of your arrival. 

As board-certified specialists who have seven years of specialty training, our orthodontists can also handle complex cases that other practices cannot. We have six offices in the greater San Antonio, TX, area to make our specialty services accessible to you.

Contact our San Antonio, TX, dental offices by email, request a consultation through our website, or call: (210) 479-2000

Our Locations

China Grove - 6961 E US Hwy 87
Castroville - 1314 Constantinople St
Westwood Center - 10919 Culebra Rd
Huebner Parke - 15303 Huebner Rd
Braceland - 4902 Golden Quail
Boerne - 410 N. School St.

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"Amazing staff and a perfect smile at the end. We are so happy with our experience." Brady Mann


Traditional braces rely on metal brackets and wires to move teeth into the proper position. This treatment option is typically recommended for patients with complex bite issues or moderate to severe misalignment.

We also offer ceramic braces that use clear brackets to make treatment more discreet while providing the same level of bite correction.

For both types of braces, we use an advanced wire with greater elasticity than the traditional hardware. This results in a more comfortable treatment that only requires a checkup every six weeks.



A favorite among teens and adults, the Invisalign system uses a series of clear aligners that are worn in sequence to achieve a straighter smile. Invisalign offers a number of benefits over traditional orthodontic options. The aligners are nearly invisible, offer greater comfort, and because they are removable, you can still eat all of your favorite foods. 

Invisalign does have limitations as to the amount of correction it can offer and may not be the best option for patients with severe misalignment. 

Depending on your needs, our orthodontist can provide Invisalign treatment that is not only more comfortable, but is approximately 25% more effective than the standard approach.

Invisalign aligners

Not Sure Which Treatment Option Is Right for You? We Will Help You Explore Your Options

Everyone has unique orthodontic needs, and it is impossible to tell which treatment is best for you without an initial consultation first. During this visit, one of our orthodontists will examine your mouth and determine the best orthodontic option that fits your budget and lifestyle while meeting your goals.

Still have questions about braces or Invisalign? Send us a message or give us a call today. We are happy to help you every step of the way on your smile journey.

Our Patient
Rewards Program


Our incentive program rewards patients in San Antonio with Orthobucks for complying with their orthodontic treatment, giving back to the community, participating in our surveys, and more. Orthobucks can be exchanged for rewards as our way of showing our appreciation. We believe this system makes orthodontic treatment more fun and helps improve your overall experience and results.

Does Orthodontic Treatment Hurt?

Traditional wire braces can be slightly uncomfortable as you adjust to wearing them. The first few days after an adjustment to your braces can also cause some discomfort. Patients sometimes use orthodontic wax to help soothe any areas of irritation.

Invisalign can also be uncomfortable to wear at first. There may be some soreness as your mouth adjusts to the aligners, but your orthodontists will check to make sure the aligners do not rub against your gums. Our orthodontists will work with you to minimize any discomfort. You can take over-the-counter medication to help manage any pain as you adjust to a new aligner.

If you experience significant pain for long periods of time, contact our greater San Antonio, TX, offices immediately so we can examine your gums and teeth.

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The Cost of Treatment

Orthodontics is usually considered a practical treatment, and most dental insurance plans cover at least part of the cost. Hulme Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics will work with your insurance provider so you can get the maximum coverage allowed by your plan. 

Patients can budget for out-of-pocket expenses through our interest-free in-house financing, which requires no credit check. We also provide financing through CareCredit®, a third-party lender. 

Factors affecting treatment costs include the type of treatment used, the number of office visits, finishing retainers, and other tools used to improve the alignment of your teeth. If cost is a concern for you, talk to our orthodontists and staff today. We would be glad to help you find a way to make orthodontics fit your budget.

How to Get the Best Results

Here are three fundamental ways that patients can make their orthodontic treatment a success:

Good Oral Hygiene

It is important to continue brushing twice and flossing at least once each day throughout your treatment. Our orthodontists can show you how to properly care for your teeth and gums if you're wearing traditional braces.

Avoid Certain Foods

Sticky and hard foods like bubblegum, popcorn, and certain meats can be problematic for patients wearing traditional braces. It is important that you do not eat foods that can bend the wires of your braces or make cleaning especially difficult.

Wear a Retainer After Treatment

Following your orthodontic treatment, it is important to wear a retainer to keep your teeth properly aligned. Usually, patients wear a retainer overnight. 

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I've been seeing Dr. Hulme for 3 years and I have now been to all 4 locations. I recently moved to 2.5 hrs away in the middle of my treatment and still travel every 3-4 weeks for follow-ups because he is just that wonderful. He and his staff are by far, THE BEST!!!! They are patient, understanding, and genuinely caring individuals. The only downfall, they aren't a dental hygienist office because I'd come to have my teeth cleaned here as well. I LOVE THESE PEOPLE!!!

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We went in for a consult and were up front about the fact that we're moving in a year and weren't sure if we should get started now or after we move. We were given a thorough explanation of the treatment needed, as well as a variety of options for starting immediately or waiting and what each option would entail since not all adult teeth are in place. We left well-informed, including suggestions outside the direct treatment plan that will be helpful in our future ortho planning.

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Hulme Orthodontics

Dr. Richard D. Hulme and Dr. Sandra Nairooz provide customized orthodontic treatments using the latest techniques and innovative technology. Dr. Hulme and Dr. Nairooz 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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