Crooked teeth can not only make you feel embarrassed. Misalignment also increases your risk of cavities, gum disease, and other problems.
At Hulme Orthodontics, we recommend braces for patients with severe misalignment because they are a proven method for straightening teeth.
Why do so many patients at our San Antonio, TX, offices choose braces?
Straighter Teeth Can Improve Virtually All Areas of Your Life
Crooked teeth can make you feel embarrassed when you smile or talk to others. Orthodontic treatment can give you a straighter smile and boost your confidence in social situations and professional settings.
Better, Stronger BiteLeft untreated, misalignment can lead to excessive wear on your teeth, jaw pain, and other issues. By undergoing orthodontic care, you can enjoy a more balanced bite and better oral health.
Misalignment Can Hurt Your Self-Confidence
Find Out If Braces Are Right for You
In most cases, you will notice misalignment when your adult teeth are erupting. You should visit one of our San Antonio orthodontic offices if you notice issues such as:
Upper teeth that project farther forward can affect your speech and leave you vulnerable to injuries.
UnderbiteLower teeth that push out past your upper teeth can cause jaw pain and an unbalanced bite.
CrossbiteJaws that do not align can make it difficult to properly chew your food and may trigger TMJ pain.
Dental arches that do not connect can also make eating and enunciation more difficult.
Large spaces between your teeth can make your smile look youthful, making you feel self-conscious.
Teeth that overlap or are too close together make it difficult to brush and floss properly, increasing your risk of cavities and other oral health issues.
Traditional Braces Are Often Recommended for Severe Misalignment
If you have a very severe case of misalignment, braces will most likely be the best orthodontic option for you. They give Dr. Hulme the greatest control over the direction of your treatment, allowing him to produce the best possible results.
Because he is a board-certified orthodontist who focuses exclusively on orthodontic care, Dr. Hulme is often able to treat cases that have been rejected by other dentists.
If you've been told that you do not qualify for orthodontic treatment, visit one of our San Antonio offices for a free consultation and a second opinion.
When Prescribing a Treatment Plan, Dr. Hulme Will Consider Your:
Tooth and Jaw AlignmentThe condition of your smile will determine whether braces are the best fit for you.
Treatment GoalsIf you want a faster, more discreet option, Dr. Hulme will assess whether Invisalign can work for you. If braces are a better fit, he can provide ceramic brackets.
AgeYounger patients respond well to traditional braces, while teens and adults may prefer Invisalign clear aligners.
If you live an active lifestyle, play contact sports, or frequently speak in public, orthodontic treatment could be more complicated. Talk to Dr. Hulme about your concerns.
Braces are typically recommended for patients who have serious misalignment that Invisalign may not be able to adequately address. Other patients may have difficulties with compliance. For instance, teens may lose their trays or senior patients may struggle with remembering to put their aligners back on.
Our Technique Produces Maximum Results through Minimal Pressure
Normally, patients with braces must attend appointments about every four weeks to replace rubber bands and tighten the wire. However, Dr. Hulme uses an advanced wire with greater elasticity. It often only requires adjustments every six weeks. As a result, this wire is more comfortable and can require a shorter overall treatment timeline. However, it is important to note that your treatment timeline will ultimately depend on the complexity of your dental issues.
An Advanced Approach with Greater Comfort and Precise Results
If you are suffering due to moderate to severe dental misalignment, orthodontic specialist Richard D. Hulme in San Antonio, TX, is uniquely qualified to help you. He provides both metal and clear ceramic dental braces designed for greater comfort and faster results.
Braces are a common orthodontic treatment method that relies on brackets and wires to apply force to the teeth, aligning them over time. The hardware is periodically adjusted to exert the right amount of pressure needed to straighten teeth and properly align the patient's bite.
Ceramic braces offer a discreet option for those with more serious cases of malocclusion who do not want the visibility of traditional braces.
Metal vs. Ceramic Braces
Traditional metal braces consist of stainless steel components. We typically recommend metal braces for those with the most severe alignment issues. Clear ceramic braces are more discreet than metal braces and help many patients who are not candidates for Invisalign® to undergo orthodontic treatment without feeling self-conscious. However, it is important to understand that clear hardware can become stained. During your free consultation, Dr. Hulme can help decide which option is right for you.
Dr. Hulme provides both metal and clear ceramic dental braces designed for greater comfort and faster results.
Treatment Compliance Requirements
To prevent damage to your braces, it is important to avoid sticky and hard foods such as:
- Sweets (licorice, toffee, caramels, hard candies)
- Certain bread products such as pizza crust, bagels, or french bread
- Apples and carrots (whole or in large pieces)
Additionally, patients should minimize sugar intake. Brushing and flossing are more difficult during orthodontic treatment, and sugary foods could increase the risk of tooth decay and other issues.
Patients must follow a strict daily brushing and flossing routine. You should brush your teeth and clean your braces after every meal because food and bacteria can easily become caught between brackets and wires. To properly clean your teeth, you will need an interdental brush. If at any point your braces become damaged, you should contact us immediately.
Maintaining Your Results
Once you have completed your treatment, you will need to wear a retainer for a prescribed amount of time in order to maintain your results. Dr. Hulme will provide detailed instructions on how to use your retainer properly.