Orthodontics in Marble Falls, TX
Dr. Mendy Ritchie offers complete orthodontics treatments at Ritchie Dental Group
You won’t find comprehensive orthodontic treatment at most general dental offices. Luckily, Dr. Mendy Ritchie at Ritchie Dental Group offers various treatments in orthodontics for residents of Marble Falls, Burnet, and Brady, TX to straighten teeth and improve bite function. Problems with bite go beyond crooked teeth, although everyone wants to straighten their teeth for a more pleasing appearance. The problems extend to possibly increased risk of decay and gum disease, TMJ pain, and more. Dr. Mendy is a general dentist who is able to straighten teeth with orthodontics including traditional metal braces, tooth-colored porcelain brackets or ceramic braces, and Invisalign and Invisalign Teen.
When to Begin Orthodontic Treatment
We like to begin orthodontic treatment as early possible, before the jaw and gums fully form, so we recommend you bring your child in for an orthodontic consultation as soon as their first permanent tooth erupts in the front -- usually around the age 5 or 6. This enables us to avoid some teeth alignment issues, and after early intervention braces have corrected significant misalignment, we may suggest a long-term orthodontic appliance, like a retainer, to maintain alignment.
Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment
Before beginning any dental treatment plan, we’ll want to review the benefits and help you find the right treatment option to meet your unique needs. If you have improperly positioned teeth or a misaligned bite, there are many important benefits to orthodontic treatment, including:
- Correctly aligned teeth mean you can deliver a confident smile that looks great.
- Teeth that fit together well function properly, so you’re able to keep health, natural teeth for life.
- Properly aligned teeth are less likely to be damaged by excess pressure leading to damage, chips, or cracks in the enamel.
- Crowded or misaligned teeth are more difficult to clean, increasing risk for tooth decay and gum disease compared with properly positioned teeth.
- When teeth are not properly aligned, they can place uneven pressure on the jaw, leading to increased risk for TMJ dysfunction and nighttime teeth grinding and clenching called bruxism.
Indications for Orthodontics
What types of orthodontic issues might you or your child face? The different types of bite problems include:
- Crowding, spacing, rotation, or transposition
- Open bite (teeth don't meet in the front)
- Misplaced midline
- Overjet (teeth that stick out too far)
During your children’s dentistry visits at our Brady or Marble falls office, we’ll make sure to check for the development of problems such as these and make orthodontics recommendations if we see the need. The earlier we begin to straighten your child’s teeth, the better the results.
Types of Orthodontic Treatment
Just because early orthodontics are always preferable doesn’t mean it’s ever too late. We can treat adult smiles with any of the orthodontic treatments available at our Marble Falls, Texas dental office. Adults may prefer to straighten teeth with Invisalign instead of traditional metal braces or ceramic braces, but we will provide a complete consultation and recommendations for optimal treatment to help you decide which method will be best for you. With porcelain brackets, we can offer natural-looking and less obvious orthodontic braces.
Using a series of clear aligners, teeth are shifted into alignment over the course of eight to eighteen months. Each set of alignment trays are crafted to represent the way your teeth are positioned one step closer to the desired end result. Patients simply wear each set of aligners for about two weeks then exchange them for the next set in the series.
Traditional & Porcelain Braces
Bracket and wire braces can be made using metal or porcelain materials. The brackets are affixed to the front surfaces of teeth. Then, wires are used to place pressure on the brackets and gently shift teeth into their ideal alignment. The process usually takes 18 to 36 months, depending on the extent of the individual case.
Six Month Smiles
Six Month Smiles is a unique bracket and wire braces system used to align adult smiles in just 3 to 8 months. This orthodontic treatment is so fast because it focuses on correcting the position of just the front facing teeth visible when you smile.
Early Interceptive Orthodontics
For younger children whose teeth show signs of development out of proper alignment, we can also provide early interceptive orthodontics. In most cases, this involves using orthodontic appliances like palatal expanders and space maintainers to help developing permanent teeth grow into the ideal position, avoiding the need for advanced adjustment after development.
Schedule Your Orthodontic Consultation
Orthodontics help with cosmetic satisfaction, but it’s more than that; all the previously mentioned bite problems can contribute to a variety of oral health problems. For instance, crooked or spaced teeth provide food particles places to hide, where they can cause decay and disease. Straighten your teeth or your child’s teeth with help from Ritchie Dental Group and keep a healthy smile for life. Call us today to schedule an appointment if you are in the Marble Falls - Brady, TX area, including Burnet!