When you’re proud of your smile, it shows. People respond to you in a positive way when you smile without fear. If you are embarrassed and try to hide your mouth, you may appear less confident–and we don’t want anyone to hide their smile! Comprehensive Family Dental has several teeth straightening options to fit any lifestyle.
Like any health issue, crooked or misaligned teeth affect more than just appearance. They can interfere with speech development, sleep, and the ability to eat a healthy, well-rounded diet. It’s our job to make sure your teeth straightening procedure addresses your overall health, including your breathing. You can be sure you’re in good hands with Comprehensive Family Dental.
Clear aligners is another way to say “clear braces”. Like traditional braces, clear braces are made to move teeth and align jaws, only they do so without using any metal. Clear aligners are discreet, comfortable, and preferred by many professionals and adults for their almost-invisible appearance and predictable, tried-and-true results. Wearers love the convenience of clear aligners fabricated just for them. Many patients would love to straighten their teeth but are put off by the bulkiness and “teenage” stigma associated with traditional metal braces. Aligners are removed for eating, drinking, cleaning, and special occasions like that all-important photo op.
Comprehensive Family Dental is proud to offer clear aligner orthodontics that we fabricate right here in the office, as well as the popular Invisalign® clear aligner orthodontics system.
Invisalign is the clear aligner orthodontics system with the highest level of brand recognition in the dental marketplace. With over 7 million straightened smiles and extensive, successful marketing, it’s hard to argue with Invisalign’s results.
If you are interested in clear aligners, we’d love to chat! First, we’ll meet with you for a consultation to see if you are a good candidate for this type of orthodontic treatment. If you are, we can discuss treatment, time, goals, and expenses. Every orthodontic case isn’t appropriate for clear aligners, but many are—we will be able to tell you at the time of your consultation with us.
Whether you choose our clear aligners or those of Invisalign, you will wear a series of aligners for 12-14 months on average. The aligners are worn 22-24 hours a day and depending on your individual treatment plan, you will transition into the next set of aligners every few weeks.
Clear aligners aren’t just for adults! We offer Invisalign Teen, perfect for teens that don’t want braces disrupting their life. The process and benefits are the same for teens. The one difference is the teen aligners have small blue compliance dots that tell parents if the teen is wearing the aligner like they should.
Airway-focused therapy is a form of early interceptive orthodontic treatment, where we address problems prior to the eruption of all the permanent teeth, or when there are few permanent teeth present. Our goal is to guide the growth of the upper and or lower jaw to make enough space for the eruption of all the permanent teeth.
Children should be evaluated by the age of four to see if there is a bone problem (orthopedic) or a tooth problem (orthodontic). If your child’s upper jaw is too narrow, or the lower jaw is underdeveloped, this will require a device called a functional appliance to correct the problem. Minor tooth crowding can also be corrected early on in some instances with these appliances.
Other benefits of early orthodontic treatment or interceptive orthodontics include:
The wonderful thing about traditional braces is their tried-and-true reputation for amazing results. Braces are often a rite of passage for teens (many of our teenage patients love the way they look in their braces–they think they’re cool!). Braces work by applying pressure on the teeth, gradually moving them into the desired place. Traditional braces can often remedy more complex orthodontic issues that clear aligners may not be able to solve. If you are interested in discussing the differences or assessing your personal pros and cons, simply schedule an appointment to talk to us!
One of the challenges of teeth straightening is the time required to shift the bones. With today’s technology, we are now able to speed up any orthodontic process by up to 62%. An innovative system called Propel uses a technique called Micro-Osteoperforation™ (MOPs) to accelerate tooth movement. MOPs uses the body’s own biology to stimulate movement by strategic placement of small dimples that increase the rate bone can transition and shift.
*Dr. Rainey and Dr. Fritsche are general dentists performing orthodontic services.
Our office is conveniently located off East Mockingbird Lane, between John Stockbauer Rd., and Sam Houston Dr.
110 Professional Park Dr.
Victoria, TX 77904
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To Our Patient Families:
We have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation through numerous agencies including the Federal and State Governments, the Centers for Disease Control, the American Dental Association and our Texas State Board of Dental Examiners. Starting March 23, 2020 Comprehensive Family Dental will shift our focus to Emergency Dental Care (toothaches, abscesses, fractured teeth, swelling, etc…).