Many patients suffering from misaligned teeth have trouble maintaining good dental hygiene and may feel less confident about the way they look. If gone untreated, misaligned teeth can cause the development of speech impediments in young patients or other dental issues, including jaw pain and advanced wear and tear on teeth. At the dental office of Dr. Lisa Heinrich-Null, we offer orthodontics in Victoria to address these issues at their root.
Creating Straight Smiles
As an orthodontist, Dr. Lisa Heinrich-Null specializes in treating patients suffering from malocclusion using several effective methods. Our office supplies braces, clear aligners, and dental appliances to adjust the alignments of patients’ teeth and jaw arches, correcting midline misalignment, addressing temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), and helping to alleviate sleep apnea symptoms.
Adjusting the position of teeth, so they line up evenly at the midline, that is the point where teeth meet, allows for many dental benefits, including improvement of:
- Dental Hygiene
- Overall Health
Many of our orthodontic procedures work in conjunction with other services to provide a holistic approach that not only creates better the esthetics but also improves your health and supports a healthy bite.
Specialized Orthodontic Care
While traditional braces remain the dependable way to achieve a straight smile, advancements in dental technology allow our office to offer a discreet alternative to metal aligners with ClearCorrect®.
Traditional braces are typically recommended for children and the most severe cases of malocclusion. This method uses metal brackets and wires to adjust teeth according to patients’ unique treatment plans. Metal brackets can also be modified with rubber bands that connect jaw arches, allowing adjustments for a better bite.
While traditional braces have their place in orthodontics, many patients opt for an alternative to the metal framework ClearCorrect® utilize custom-molded plastic aligners that rest on teeth and encourage realignment. Patients graduate from aligner to aligner as teeth move into place. This method is nearly invisible, offering comfortable low-profile care to our patients.
Early Orthodontics for Children
Children that receive preliminary orthodontics benefit from increased dental function and minimization of future dental issues in adulthood. By the age of 7, young patients should visit our dental office to receive an evaluation of their current oral health, and the development of a custom treatment plan that includes orthodontics, if necessary, to ensure a lifetime of good dental health.
Early orthodontic care is completed in two phases. Phase one occurs as early as 7, preparing for the development of permanent teeth before they’ve come in. Our office administers expanders and utility arches before procedures like full braces.
Phase two happens between the ages of 10 and 13 when the gums are most malleable, and teeth have greater susceptibility to movement. Caring for children early ensures strong, beautiful teeth in adulthood and years to come.
Contact Our Office
With orthodontics from our dental office, patients can smile with confidence.
For more information about what orthodontics can do for you, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lisa Heinrich-Null, come to our dental office in Victoria or give us a call today!