Children's Braces: Dr. Larry A. Rose in Houston, TX
Children's Orthodontic Treatment in Houston
Dr. Larry A. Rose likes to see children by age seven or eight at their Houston office to advise if orthodontic treatment may be necessary. If orthodontic treatment is indicated, the decision can be made whether to begin orthodontic treatment in the mixed dentition period, or to wait until more permanent teeth have erupted. Dr. Rose refers to treatment in the mixed dentition stage as "Phase I". Most of the dental plans list the equivalent of Phase I as "Limited Orthodontic Treatment of the Mixed Dentition, or Limited Orthodontic Treatment of the Adolescent dentition". If orthodontic treatment is not indicated in the mixed dentition stage, the patient is put into the recall program and evaluated on a periodic basis.
The first permanent molars and incisors have usually erupted by age seven or eight, and cross bites, crowding, and other problems can be evaluated. When limited orthodontic treatment is begun, the orthodontic treatment can help guide the growth of the jaw and create space for incoming permanent teeth. Early orthodontic treatment for children can also influence the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, possibly avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce the possibility of impacted permanent teeth, and correct thumb-sucking.
Types of Braces
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. Ceramic braces are used on children, teens, and adults who have cosmetic concerns. Many of our patients are stage performers, cheerleaders, athletes, and patients who are more comfortable being in public with a less noticeable orthodontic appliance. Patients who are not Invisalign candidates can be treated using ceramic appliances, and enjoy the cosmetic appearance of a less noticeable orthodontic appliance. Ceramic braces are not used on the lower teeth at Houston Area Orthodontics. The ceramic material has the potential to wear the backs of the upper teeth in some patients, so in order to minimize potential damage to tooth structure, Dr. Larry A. Rose recommends not using ceramic braces on the lower teeth.
Hi-Tech Stainless Steel Braces
Sophisticated, hi-tech metal braces are more comfortable when compared to standard orthodontic braces, and patients have the option of adding colored elastics for a more unique and colorful smile. Not all metal braces are the same. Dr. Larry A. Rose will explain the differences in the standard metal braces and the enhanced, hi-tech metal braces used at Houston Area Orthodontics.
Invisible® Orthodontic Appliances
Invisalign® orthodontic treatment uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten the teeth. Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus brushing and flossing are less challenging. Not all orthodontic patients are candidates for Invisalign® treatment, but ceramic appliances can be used for those patients who would like a less noticeable orthodontic appliance.
Please visit our Invisalign® page to learn more about this treatment option. Or give our Houston office a call.