At Bailey Orthodontics located in Coppell, TX, we like to emphasize to our patients that orthodontic treatment is not just for kids or teenagers, but individuals of all ages can benefit from it. Our practice encounters more and more adults these days seeking orthodontic treatment to improve their smile. We offer a full range of treatments specifically designed for adults – leaving you with a dramatically different smile and healthier bite.
Orthodontic treatment is not only designed to improve the appearance of your smile, but to improve the health of your teeth and gums as well. By seeking orthodontic treatment as an adult, you can possibly avoid severe tooth decay, gum and bone loss, irregular wear of tooth enamel, and TMJ/TMD pain later in life. Often times, as adults are typically more compliant in their orthodontic treatment, the ability to achieve exceedingly amazing results is much easier than with adolescents. By closely following the instructions provided by Dr. Bailey, you not only increase your chances for amazing results, but can likely shorten your treatment time as well.
Adult Orthodontic Treatments
We offer a wide selection of treatments in order to meet the individual needs and desires of each of our adult patients. From traditional metal or innovative clear braces to the more aesthetic Invisalign clear aligners, we delight in helping you achieve and maintain the beautiful, healthy smile you’ve always dreamed about.
Invisalign – Clear Removable Aligners
The Invisalign System consists of a series of clear, translucent aligner trays that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move your teeth. For the more cosmetically minded patients, Invisalign offers maximum aesthetics and comfort – there are no brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. Each Invisalign aligner is precisely designed to fit your mouth at each stage of the straightening process. Aligners are worn for about two weeks, and are only taken out to eat, brush and floss.
Dr. Bailey and our entire practice staff work hard to provide you with the best orthodontic care found in and around Coppell, Texas. We offer quality service for the entire family at an affordable, and are proud to serve the surrounding communities of Irving, Grapevine, Lewisville, Flower Mound and Carrollton, TX.
Each patient that enters our practice is given the exceptional individual attention they deserve. Young or old, a dazzling smile can always be an invaluable asset. We recommend an initial evaluation of your child no later than the age of seven for several reasons. Learn more about the benefits of beginning early treatment with Dr. Bailey below, and feel free to contact us with any additional braces questions you may have.
First Orthodontic Exam
Children that visit our office for a complimentary New Patient Exam receive necessary radiographs, a thorough dental evaluation and discussion of orthodontic concerns, plus a treatment plan presentation by Dr. Bailey regarding the child’s specific needs. It is our priority that all visitors leave feeling thoroughly informed and educated. Additionally, there is no charge for your child’s return visits as we continue to monitor growth and development in the case that treatment is recommended at a later stage. Once your child is ready for orthodontic appliances, we will discuss financial arrangements for treatment.
When is the best time to begin orthodontics?
Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.
What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.
Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?
By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.
What are the advantages of interceptive treatment?
Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:
- Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
- Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
- Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Preserving space for unerupted teeth
- Reducing the need for tooth removal
- Reducing treatment time with braces
Are you a candidate for orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile; orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions). Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile.
Why should malocclusions be treated?
According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems:
- Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease.
- Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping.
- Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear.
- Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.
- Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile – it creates a healthier you.
Dr. Bailey works tirelessly to ensure patients receive the quality orthodontic treatment that they deserve. The team at Bailey Orthodontics provides premier care for patients in Coppell, Carrollton, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Grapevine and Irving, Texas. Dr. Bailey believes that young or old, every patient should have a beautiful smile. Whether you are looking to begin early treatment for your child or see if you are a candidate for Invisalign, our practice has a treatment option to cater to your needs. Learn more about Invisalign and Invisalign Teen below, and contact us to see if you qualify for this unique treatment!
What Makes Invisalign Different?
In the right hands, Invisalign can be a terrific way to align teeth without the use of metal appliances. Unlike ordinary braces that use metal wires and brackets to straighten your teeth, the Invisalign System uses a series of clear aligners to achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Using 3-D computer graphics and 100-year-old science of orthodontics, Invisalign is the discreet way to straighten your teeth as an adult or teen. Each aligner is created specifically for your mouth, and should only be removed for eating, brushing and flossing. Each aligner will be worn for about two weeks at a time. Every time you replace an aligner with the next one, your teeth will gradually begin to move until your final alignment is prescribed. Before you know it you will have the smile you’ve always dreamed of!
What are the Benefits of Choosing Invisalign?
Dr. Bailey believes that there are a number of benefits to choosing Invisalign. Some of the reasons why our patients choose Invisalign over traditional braces include:
- Clear aligners that are virtually invisible to the naked eye
- Removable appliances for eating, brushing and flossing
- No metal wires or brackets
- Custom made for optimal comfort
- Shorter treatment time between six and eighteen months
Q. How often must I wear my aligners?
A. You must wear your aligners for up to 22 hours daily. You may remove them for eating, drinking and regular oral hygiene.
Q. Are there any restrictions to what I can eat while in treatment?
A. No. Unlike braces, you may eat whatever you like as long as you remove the aligners before eating. Prior to placing the aligners back on, it is important to brush your teeth and the aligners after you eat.
Q. Will wearing the aligners affect my speech?
A. Like any orthodontic treatment, there is a short adjustment period. The more you speak with the aligners on, the quicker you will adjust.
Q. Is there any discomfort with Invisalign® treatment? A. There will be some pressure and minor discomfort for a day or two after each initial insertion. This is a sign that your teeth are moving sequentially into their final position.
Q. Can I chew gum?
A. It is recommended that you remove your aligners prior to chewing gum as the gum will stick to the aligners.
Q. Can I smoke with the aligners in?
A. We discourage smoking with aligners as the cigarette smoke will tend to discolor them.
Q. How do I keep my aligners clean?
A. Brushing them with toothpaste will keep them fresh and clean.
Q. How often do I see an orthodontist while wearing Invisalign®?
A. Regular office visits are every five to six weeks. This will ensure that your Invisalign treatment is progressing as planned.
Q. What happens after my treatment is complete? Do I need retainers?
A. All orthodontic patients are instructed to wear their retainers at night indefinitely. Sleeping with your retainers in at night will ensure a healthy bite and maintain the new position of your teeth.
Q. How long does Invisalign treatment take?
A. Treatment time varies depending on the severity of the misaligned teeth. Treatment time can be shorter than traditional braces, between six and 18 months.
Q. Does Invisalign work for kids?
A. Yes, if their teeth, including second molars, have grown in completely.
Like Invisalign, this form of treatment is a great way for teenagers to straighten their teeth in a clear, discreet manner. Teenagers can be self-conscious about wearing braces, which is why these clear aligners were designed with smaller mouths in mind. Each aligner is removable and clear so teens can straighten his or her teeth without anyone knowing it.
What Sets Invisalign Teen Apart?
Invisalign Teen differs from regular Invisalign as it has blue to clear color aligners that show how long each aligner has been worn. They are designed for the growing mouths of teenagers in order to get the perfect smile they’ve always wanted. Additionally, six free replacement aligners are included with Invisalign Teen in case some become lost or broken during treatment.
What Conditions Does Invisalign Teen Treat?
By using Invisalign Teen, our patients can fix a wide range of orthodontic problems. In the past these conditions were typically treated with traditional braces, as there were no other forms of treatment available. With Invisalign Teen, the following conditions can be fixed:
- Overly crowded teeth
- Widely spaced teeth
Congratulations! Your braces are off!
Once your braces are removed you will then begin what is know as the retention stage of your treatment. It is best that Dr. Bailey sees you approximately 6-8 weeks following the removal of your braces to check your retainers and review your treatment result.
The retention phase, or retainer phase, is very important for keeping your smile, as it was the day your braces were removed. The nature of your bite is to not hold its straight, new positions. If you want your teeth to look as good in twenty years as they do the day your braces come off, you will have to make retention a lifelong commitment. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far.
How To Best Care For Your Retainer
At our office we do offer an upper removable retainer, which you will need to wear nightly as you sleep. A few things to remember is to remove your upper retainer before brushing, and brush your retainer before placing it back in your mouth or in its retainer case.
When you take the retainer out, remember to:
- Brush it
- Rinse it
- Place it back in its case
- Make sure you keep it in the case when you are not wearing it.
- Make sure you don't leave your retainer in a warm place...they are plastic and can change shape.
- Keep retainers away from the pets as they are expensive chew toys!
Lower Fixed Retainers
Fixed lower retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of the left cuspid continuing around to the right cuspid. This is one of the best ways to prevent your lower teeth from shifting as it is permanently attached! Patients with fixed lower retainers must be careful with their bite as the bonding material may break due to incorrect biting and cause teeth to shift quickly. As with removable retainers, it is important to keep them clean. When brushing, make sure to carefully clean the inside of your lower teeth as well as the wire. Be aware of your lower permanent retainer and if any of the bonding spots become loose call our office to schedule a repair appointment as soon as possible.
Types of Braces
Choosing Which Braces and Orthodontic Appliances Are Right For You
Dr. Bailey and his staff are highly trained and skilled in providing the most advanced orthodontic treatments available, ensuring that each patient receives the top-of-the-line, individualized care needed to complete their treatment.
Traditional Metal Braces have been the most common type of braces for decades. However, the new generation of metal braces is made from high-grade stainless steel, which makes them smaller, more comfortable, and more attractive. The self-ligating braces that we use offer a faster treatment time than ever before, which means you spend less time in the Doctor’s chair!
Our office is also thrilled to offer Clear Braces that provide a comfortable design with a translucent appearance. Due to its tooth-colored appearance, these braces are extremely popular with both teens and adults. The clear brackets are virtually undetectable, so it is even less noticeable that you are in the process of straightening your teeth.
Invisalign - Clear Removable Aligners
The Invisalign system is a series of removable clear aligners specifically designed by Dr. Bailey to bring your teeth into proper alignment. Invisalign is available for adults, and Invisalign Teen may be available for teens with certain bite problems. Schedule an appointment with us to see if you are a candidate for the Invisalign System.
Elastics are a very important part of treatment which require patient compliance. They allow the braces to move teeth with increased force. Generally worn at all times aside from eating and brushing your teeth, elastics should be changed at least once a day. They come in various sizes each used for a specific purpose. We will provide you with the appropriate size.
It is crucial to wear them consistently or treatment setbacks can occur. If only one day is missed, it could cause your teeth to shift back to their original position!
One of the most common problems orthodontists treat is the discrepancy that occurs when upper teeth protrude beyond the lower teeth. It is a common misconception that upper teeth protrude due to the upper jaw and teeth positioned too far forward, however, more commonly, this condition is due to a small lower jaw that rests further back than it should . With these patients we want to encourage the lower jaw to catch up in growth, and appliances like the Herbst allow this shift to occur.
While the Herbst appliance prevents the lower jaw from moving backward, opening and closing movements still occur easily, and patients do not have any problems learning to chew their food with their lower jaw in this new position.
As with all kinds of braces, patients with Herbst appliances should be mindful of what they eat. We suggest avoiding:
- Cold foods that will freeze the cement and loosen braces
- Ice slushies
- Sticky foods that will pull the brace away from the teeth
- Bubble gum
- Candy suckers
- Hard foods that will bend and loosen the appliance
- Crisp vegetables
- Hard candies
We will check and adjust your Herbst appliance during your scheduled appointments. If between appointments you develop some sore areas on the inside of your cheeks, contact us to schedule a quick appointment for corrective adjustments.
Wearing a Herbst Appliance
At first, your mouth will feel unusually full, and speaking will be awkward. We suggest practicing reading aloud, and your ordinary speech will return quickly.
Rapid Palatal Expander
Attached to the upper molars by bonded or cemented bands, the Rapid Palatal Expander is an orthodontic device used to widen the space in the upper jaw.
While patients are still growing, their connective tissue between the left and right halves of their upper jaw is very responsive to expansion. By simply turning a screw in the center of the palatal expander with a special key we provide, the expander activates and places gradual, outward pressure on the left and right halves of the upper jaw. This pressure causes an increased amount of bone to grow between the right and left halves of the jaw, ultimately resulting in increased width.