Amazing Grace Family Dentistry
Quincy Attipoe, DDS
Dentist located in Dallas, TX
If you’re suffering from obvious tooth gaps, crooked teeth, or a severe overbite, it may be time to consider orthodontics. Quincy Attipoe, DDS, at Amazing Grace Family Dentistry in Dallas, Texas, servicing patients from Richardson, Texas & Garland, Texas, can help determine the right orthodontic procedure for you and your personal lifestyle, so you can get back to doing the things you love. Call or book an appointment online today for more information about the orthodontic procedures Amazing Grace Family Dentistry has to offer.
Orthodontics Q & A
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics refers to any type of dental procedure that corrects crooked teeth or jaws that are improperly aligned.
If you have any of the following difficulties, you may be an excellent candidate for an orthodontic procedure:
- Crooked teeth
- Open bite
- Spacing (tooth gaps, large spaces, etc.)
How can orthodontics help me?
Depending on the severity of your dental problem, there are a number of common orthodontic procedures Dr. Attipoe can recommend to correct your smile.
Typically recommended to teenagers and young adults, traditional braces are a tried and true dental appliance that can help straighten teeth and correct concerns like an underbite or overbite.
Clear braces are the perfect option for patients who want to straighten their teeth without the discomfort of wearing traditional braces. While teens and adults alike can opt for clear braces, they are generally used on older patients to avoid tooth stains and the metallic look of traditional braces.
Unlike clear braces, which essentially function just like traditional braces without the metal, Invisalign aligners shift teeth into place like a retainer. These aligners are also removable and virtually undetectable to the naked eye thanks to their entirely transparent appearance.
A specially molded night guard can make all the difference in protecting your teeth against the wear and tear of bruxism, or teeth grinding, which irritates your gums and causes jaw pain over time. These custom night guards are durable, comfortable, and can last up to 10 years when cared for properly.
What happens if I decide against an orthodontic procedure?
Most people assume that deciding against braces or other common orthodontic procedures simply means dealing with crooked teeth.
In reality, crooked and misaligned teeth are hard to clean, as plaque and food particles can build up in your crevices and gaps.
This may put you at a higher risk of serious dental problems like tooth decay, severe discoloration, and even tooth loss in the long run.
I’m scared of orthodontic procedures. What are my options?
If the mere thought of going to the dentist scares you or your child, you’re in luck! Sleep dentistry, or sedation dentistry, can help you relax and relieve any discomfort throughout your visit through the use of:
- Inhaled minimal sedation
- Oral sedation
- IV moderate sedation
- General anesthesia
The type of sedation you undergo will depend on your procedure type and level of fear of the dentist.
Call or book an appointment online today to learn more.