Orthodontics in Dallas
Woodhill Dental Specialties provides orthodontic services to adults, children, and teens in the Dallas and Fort Worth area. Call us at 214-691-1172 to learn more about our orthodontic services, schedule an appointment, or set up a tour of our office.
Orthodontic services can make a big difference in how your teeth look and function. It can straighten teeth, close gaps, and fix the alignment. Not only do teeth look better, but orthodontics can help correct bite problems and jaw abnormalities. At Woodhill Dental Specialties, our team provides expert orthodontic care in addition to our other dental services.
Orthodontic Treatment Services
Woodhill Dental Specialities offers a wide range of orthodontic services to meet most patient needs. We provide services to children, teens, and adults. Our services include:
- Clear or Metal braces
- Lingual braces (placed behind the teeth)
- Clear Aligners
- Appliances for younger patients with a mix of primary and permanent teeth
If you need an orthodontic service not listed, it’s likely that we’ll still be able to create an individualized treatment plan. Please schedule an orthodontic consultation to discuss your specific needs.
We focus on treatments that provide the quickest and most effective results to our patients. We know that nobody wants to wear braces forever. We utilize the latest technologies and best practices to tailor our treatment plans to get faster results. The idea for less treatment time is planning and focused treatment.
Easy to Schedule Appointments
We strive to make scheduling appointments as convenient as possible. We have availability for appointments throughout the day, but the early mornings and late afternoons are reserved for shorter appointments to maximize the number of patients we can see before or after school and work. This minimizes the amount of time that you’ll need to take off from work, school, or other activities to make it to appointments. Appointments are generally scheduled 6-8 weeks apart to properly to monitor treatment progress.
Separate Adult Treatment Room
Woodhill Dental Specialties is well known in the community for its pediatric dental services. However, we also provide orthodontic services to adults. To make adults and kids more comfortable, we have a separate adult-only treatment room. Adult braces now account for about 25% of all orthodontic treatment.
We strive to maintain a clean, comfortable, and fun office for all of our patients. This includes having video games in the waiting area, books, and games. For families of multiple children, waiting for a child’s orthodontics appointment to finish is less stressful when there’s plenty of entertainment for the other kids.
Call Woodhill Dental Specialties at 214-691-1172 to schedule an orthodontics appointment with our experienced dental team. Our comfortable office, convenient location, and friendly staff can make the process of getting the orthodontic care you need easier.
Below are answers to frequently asked questions about orthodontics.
Can you get braces during pregnancy?
During pregnancy, your oral health may undergo many changes. Fluctuating hormones and changing diets (i.e., a preference for sugary and starchy foods when morning sickness makes more complex flavors unpalatable) can cause gingivitis, periodontitis, and tooth decay. If you’re experiencing these issues, it’s not necessarily unsafe to start orthodontic treatment, but you may want to wait until your gums are more comfortable and your teeth are less prone to cavities. Adding braces to the mix may further aggravate any existing inflammation and irritation caused by pregnancy.
Then, of course, there’s the convenience factor. During late pregnancy, it may be difficult to find the time to schedule orthodontic appointments. The exam chair may be uncomfortable and hard to get up from. In early pregnancy, dental work may trigger nausea. After your baby is born, going to the orthodontist may not be high on your priority list, and missing appointments can lengthen your treatment time.
Should you decide to get braces during pregnancy, relax––it’s perfectly safe. Just avoid getting x-rays or having any teeth extracted while you’re pregnant.
Do you always have to get braces on all your teeth?
The decision on which teeth to place braces on depends on many factors. The first consideration is what is needed for the best functional outcome. The second consideration is what is required for the best smile and finally, what is it that each patient desires. Considering each of these factors allows us to develop a treatment plan to optimize the outcome. Usually, braces, whether they be traditional or lingual (behind the teeth), are recommended when bite changes are required so that movements of the upper (maxillary) and lower (mandibular) teeth and/or the upper and lower jaws can be coordinated. There are certainly many circumstances where treatment can be planned in a limited fashion such that braces or aligners are placed in only the upper or lower or designed to move only certain teeth in either or both arches.
Oftentimes, getting braces on only one arch of teeth (upper or lower) is not recommended because orthodontic treatment is not always just about “straight teeth.” It’s important to consider correcting how your upper and lower teeth meet if there is a bite problem. This involves a treatment plan that coordinates the movement of both the upper and lower teeth so they can move in harmony with each other. For those instances, treatment is needed for both arches to produce optimal results. Sometimes patients feel that their bottom (or upper) teeth are the only ones that need braces, and while this is usually not the case, it is possible at times to just straighten certain teeth depending on the modality of treatment chosen and individual patient desires.
What are the signs that braces may be needed?
The most obvious sign that braces are needed is crowded or misaligned teeth. Other signs or symptoms include teeth that are worn, difficulty in biting or chewing, teeth that protrude and do not allow for normal lip closure, difficulty breathing, and jaw joint issues (pain associated with clicking or popping). Early signs of needed orthodontic intervention include “shark teeth” (2 rows due to primary, or baby, teeth not falling out while permanent teeth are erupting), the lower jaw sliding off to the side or forward when a child is closing their mouth, and excessive spacing or crowding that prevents the normal eruption of permanent teeth.
While crowded or misaligned teeth are the most unmistakable sign that braces are needed, there are other less obvious signs to watch out for. Mouth breathing and problems with the jaw, including clicking sounds, malocclusion (when the upper and lower arches of teeth do not meet properly when biting down), and difficulty biting or chewing. Baby teeth that have failed to fall out when they should are also a sign that orthodontic treatment may be needed.
What age should you start orthodontic treatment?
The initiation of orthodontic treatment is highly individualized and should be evaluated accordingly. While two-phase orthodontic treatment has become popular, we do not believe that it is oftentimes necessary. We believe that early evaluation is important, beginning at the age of 7, but treatment should be limited to changing the shape of the upper jaw when necessary, helping to alleviate harmful habits, and monitoring the eruption of permanent teeth. There is a wide array of appliance designs, both fixed and removable, that can be effective and a discussion with all involved leads to the optimal treatment plan.
Two-phase orthodontic treatment is the current standard, which means that children as young as 6 may begin early orthodontic treatment in order to minimize or even eliminate time spent in braces as a teenager. During this first phase of treatment, we use palatal expanders, habit appliances, and other devices to help influence the jaw as it develops.
What should we expect during the first orthodontics visit?
Orthodontics provides us with the opportunity to improve each patient’s smile and function as needed. As so many desire such changes, we always look forward to welcoming new patients into our office so that we may discuss their needs and desires.
The first step on your orthodontic journey is a courtesy one-hour consultation to identify your orthodontic needs and goals.
During your first visit, we can determine the short or long-term orthodontic needs for you or your child.
You will be greeted by our Dental Concierge who will get you acquainted with our office. Our New Patient Coordinator will then take a series of photographs and x-rays (panoramic and cephalometric) to facilitate an initial diagnosis or to establish a baseline for future treatment and growth. Our orthodontist, Dr. Johnson, will then perform a thorough orthodontic examination.
We will keep you informed every step of the way to make sure you understand all your treatment options. We have visual aids to show you what orthodontic appliances look like and how they work.
After the exam, we will decide one of three things:
- Treatment is needed now. There are dental issues that require immediate treatment to keep them from getting worse. Your orthodontic problems will be identified and explained as well as the possible treatments to correct the problems.
- Treatment is not needed at all. Your teeth and jaws are in proper functioning and aesthetic alignment. You don’t require any orthodontic treatment, just the six-month dental check-up, and cleaning.
- Treatment is needed, but it can wait. There may be other dental problems and issues that need to be reconciled before starting proper orthodontic treatments. The most common reasons for delays are teeth growth and immaturity, and tooth eruption.
The first orthodontics visit is a time for us to get to know you and for you to get to know our practice and what to expect from your treatment. We’ll talk about your treatment goals and the best orthodontic solutions to help you get the smile you’ve always wanted. After a visual exam of your teeth and jaw, we typically take imaging to help us get a better picture of your jaw and the roots of your teeth.
Do adults ever get braces and orthodontic treatment?
The fastest-growing segment of orthodontics today are adults engaging in orthodontic treatment. More recent advances in technology and techniques make the options more attractive than ever. Whether an adult did not have braces as a child or even if they had treatment when they were younger and have had teeth shift since, the desire to improve smiles, tooth alignment, and function are still there. Clear braces, lingual (behind the teeth) braces, and aligners are now available as possible options for more discreet treatment. Each of these can be explored individually based on the desired optimal outcome.
Of course! Many adults get braces and other orthodontic treatments. Sometimes they didn’t receive orthodontic treatment as a child; other times, they did have braces when they were younger, but their teeth shifted position over the years and they need braces again. We have many discreet orthodontic solutions for adults who need braces.
How do I brush my teeth with braces?
Brushing your teeth with braces requires a little more time and effort than what you may be used to. To loosen food particles, it can be helpful to rinse with water both before and after you brush. Divide your teeth into three sections: above your braces, below your braces, and your braces. Brush each of these sections thoroughly. When you’re finished, the metal on your braces should be shiny, not dull.
Can my child still play sports with braces?
A common concern with braces involves those that are playing sports. The most common problem associated with braces and sports is the discomfort encountered when the face is contacted causing the braces to be pushed into the lips and cheeks. Braces actually help to secure the teeth during a collision; but the use of a mouthguard, particularly custom-made, is highly recommended and encouraged. A mouthguard provides the greatest protection for the teeth, jaws, lips, and cheeks.
Children can play sports with braces, but we recommend a custom-made mouthguard to protect their teeth while they play.