Learn about orthodontics from Copper Creek Ortho

Learn About Orthodontics


At Copper Creek Orthodontics we're dedicated to informing you properly.

What a difference straight teeth can make! A great-looking smile can boost your self-confidence and have a positive impact on social and professional opportunities. Orthodontic treatment is the original smile makeover tool — and you will be happy to know that you’re never too old to take advantage of it.

Orthodontics


It isn’t all about looks: Properly aligned teeth help you to bite, chew and even speak more effectively. They are also easier to clean, which helps keep your mouth free of tooth decay and gum disease.

The amazing thing about orthodontics is that it harnesses the body’s natural ability to remodel its own tissue. With the application of light, constant force, orthodontic appliances gently reshape bone and move teeth into better positions. Some examples of these appliances are traditional metal braces, inconspicuous clear or tooth-colored braces, and clear aligners, a relatively new option for adults and teens.

Bite Problems and How to Fix Them


Orthodontic treatment can resolve a number of bite problems, which often become evident by around age seven. These include can include:

Underbite, Crossbite or Excessive Overbite

Underbite, Crossbite or Excessive Overbite

Upper and lower teeth don’t close in the proper position.

Open Bite

Open Bite

A space remains between top and bottom teeth when the jaws are closed.

Crowding or Excessive Spacing

Crowding or Excessive Spacing

Teeth are spaced too close together or too far apart.

To correct bite problems, teeth need to be moved — but doing that isn’t as hard as you might think! Teeth aren’t fixed rigidly in their supporting bone; instead, they’re held in place by a hammock-like structure called the periodontal ligament, which is very responsive to forces placed on the teeth.

Orthodontic appliances move teeth by careful application of light, constant pressure. This force can be applied via metal wires that run through small brackets attached to the teeth (braces), or via the semi-rigid plastic of clear aligners.

Orthodontics is for Children — and Adults


Having orthodontic treatment in childhood is ideal because we can take advantage of a youngster’s natural growth processes to help move the teeth into proper alignment. Like the rest of the body, the teeth and jaws are now changing rapidly.

So at this time it’s possible (for example) to create more room for teeth in a crowded mouth by using a “palatal expander” to rapidly widen the upper jaw. This phase of growth modification can shorten overall treatment time and ensure the best result if additional orthodontic appliances are needed.

But remember, healthy teeth can be moved at any age, so you’ve never “missed the boat” for orthodontic treatment. In fact, about one in five of today’s orthodontic patients are adults. Several new technological developments have made orthodontic appliances less evident, and enhanced the treatment experience for grown-ups. Options include:

  • Tooth-colored ceramic braces
  • Clear aligners
  • Invisible lingual braces

Before treatment, adults are carefully examined for signs of periodontal (gum) disease, which will be brought under control before treatment begins.

Types of Orthodontic Appliances


When you imagine someone wearing braces, you probably picture small metal brackets bonded to the front of the teeth, with a thin wire running through them. This time-tested style remains very popular — but it’s no longer the only option.

Clear Braces

Clear Braces

Brackets made of ceramic or plastic which, except for the slim archwire, are hardly visible.

Lingual Braces

Lingual Braces

Like traditional metal braces — except they’re bonded to the back of your teeth (the tongue side) so that no one can see them.

Removable Clear Aligners

Removable Clear Aligners

Consist of a series of clear plastic “trays” that fit over your teeth exactly; each one moves your teeth a little bit, until they are in the proper position.


Whether fixed or removable, each type of appliance may have advantages or disadvantages in particular situations. After a complete examination, we will discuss which treatment options are best for you.

Retention & Post Orthodontic Care

Once your orthodontic treatment is completed, it’s extremely important to wear a retainer as directed. That’s because teeth naturally tend to drift back to their original locations — which is the last thing you want after you’ve gone to the trouble of straightening them!

Wearing a retainer holds your teeth in their new position long enough for new bone and ligament to re-form around them, and helps keep your gorgeous new smile looking good for a lifetime.

LOCATION


9955 Barker Cypress Rd, Suite 225
Cypress, TX 77433
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HOURS


Mon 8:00am – 6:00pm
Tues 8:00am – 6:00pm
Wed 8:00am – 6:00pm
Thurs 8:00am – 6:00pm
Friday By Appointment only
Closed for Lunch 12:30pm – 1:30pm

CONTACT


Phone: (281) 463-6757
Fax: (281) 463-7298
Email: info@coppercreekortho.com