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Orthodontics and Braces
The skilled orthodontists at UT Southwestern Medical Center are experts in the design, application, and management of corrective appliances used to properly align the teeth, lips, and jaws.
Extensive Treatment Options for Misaligned TeethProperly aligned teeth not only help people bite, chew, and speak effectively, they are less prone to decay, gum disease, injury, and excessive wear. Thankfully, healthy teeth can be moved at any age, making it possible for adults and children to benefit from orthodontic care.
UT Southwestern’s comprehensive orthodontics practice offers a variety of services, procedures, and appliances aimed at correcting improperly aligned teeth. Our expanded Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic has received more than $20 million in donations and draws surgeons from all over the world to observe our work. When necessary, our specialists work closely with their colleagues in Dentistry and Oral Surgery.
Reasons to Consider Orthodontics or Braces
Prompt orthodontic care is important. People with malocclusions (“bad bites”) who undergo orthodontic treatment improve their long-term oral health. Additionally, treating problems right away can be much less complicated and costly than the dental care that may be required later to treat serious related conditions.
Orthodontic care can enhance someone’s physical appearance, which may raise their self-esteem and confidence. And newer technologies such as clear aligners give many patients alternatives to the metal braces of the past.
Orthodontic Services We Offer
We offer a full range of orthodontic services, including:
- Dental braces to correctly align the teeth
- Invisalign treatment
- Palatal expanders and retainers
- Occlusal adjustments, procedures that prevent teeth from touching each other (occlusion)
- Occlusal splints, custom-made mouth guards that support the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and muscles used for chewing
Surgery may be recommended for severe orthodontic problems.
What to Expect
Our team of orthodontic specialists thoroughly evaluates each new patient to create a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan. The evaluation typically includes:
- A clinical examination
- Gathering of medical and dental history
- Photos of the face
- Creation of plaster models of the teeth
- X-rays of the mouth and head