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 and we can personalize treatment with metal braces, ceramic braces, or Invisalign®.
Why should you visit Dr. Richard D. Hulme's San Antonio, TX, practice for orthodontic care?
- Rotated Teeth
- Teeth Grinding
Advanced TrainingIn addition to attending dental school, Dr. Richard D. Hulme has additional speciality training in the field of orthodontics. He received his orthodontic training at the nation's top dental school in San Antonio and he was the Chief Resident of his orthodontic program.
Dr. Hulme was among the first class of orthodontists to become board-certified by the American Board or Orthodontics during his speciality 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 on orthodontics only, Dr. Hulme is able to better customize braces and Invisalign treatment to your unique needs. During your appointment, you will always meet directly with Dr. Hulme 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.
Here's How They Compare
|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|
Employing the Latest Technology Makes Treatment More Effective
We are proud to use advanced digital technology when planning your orthodontic treatment, including:
- Digital X-rays: These high-resolution images allow us to visualize your misalignment without exposing you to high levels of radiation.
- iTero® Digital Impressions: Dr. Hulme can take precise impressions of your smile using a small handheld wand without the messiness of putty impressions.
Orthodontics Provided by a Board-Certified Specialist
At Hulme Orthodontics in San Antonio, TX, Dr. Hulme provides exceptionally customized orthodontics using Invisalign®, traditional metal braces, and ceramic braces. Following a free consultation, Dr. Hulme designs each treatment to provide a straighter, more attractive smile and a properly balanced bite that is easier to maintain through brushing and flossing.
Video: A Full Range of Orthodontics Services Catered to Your Needs
The Importance of Orthodontics
Orthodontic treatment can provide many oral health benefits. By closing the space between teeth, pockets between gums and teeth are minimized, reducing the risk of plaque buildup, cavities, and periodontal disease. Orthodontics can also allow 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.
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. Ceramic braces use clear brackets to make treatment more discreet. Meanwhile, they can provide the same level of correction for malocclusion.
In both treatments, Dr. Hulme uses an advanced wire with greater elasticity than the traditional hardware. This results in more comfortable treatment that only requires a checkup every six weeks.
Following a consultation, Dr. Hulme designs each treatment to provide a more attractive smile and a properly balanced bite.
This treatment uses a series of clear aligners that are worn in sequence to achieve a straighter smile. Many patients choose Invisalign because the removable aligners allow them to eat any foods they choose and to brush and floss as usual. While this treatment offers many benefits, it may not be the best option for patients with severe malocclusion.
Depending on your needs, Dr. Hulme can provide Invisalign treatment that is not only more comfortable, but also about 25 percent more effective than the standard approach.
Why Hulme Orthodontics?
Dr. Hulme is a board-certified orthodontic specialist who can provide you and your child with an exceptional level of care that is also incredibly convenient due to:
- Free consultations
- Office hours before and after school, as well as on school holidays
- An average wait time of four minutes between arrival and seeing the doctor
Our Patient Rewards Program
Our incentive program rewards patients 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.
Begin Planning Your New Smile
Schedule your free consultation with Dr. Hulme to determine which orthodontic treatment is best for you or your child. Contact us online or call us today at (210) 479-2000. We look forward to helping you achieve a smile that makes you look and feel your absolute best.