Orthodontic PracticeSan Antonio, TX

An orthodontic practice offers treatment for abnormalities of the teeth and jaw. Having correctly aligned teeth improves chewing, speech, and many aspects of oral health. From expanders to braces and aligners, an orthodontic practice focuses on fixing tooth misalignment and other issues.

As an orthodontic practice, UC Smiles Orthodontics serves San Antonio and the surrounding area. We explain what you need and why through each step. We provide braces and much more. Call us at 210-672-1054 today.

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An Overview of Orthodontics

Some dentists provide braces or other orthodontic services. However, they are not orthodontists because they have not had the appropriate training. It is important to visit a qualified orthodontic practice so that the patient does not receive cosmetic-only treatment that overlooks structural issues with the teeth and jaw.

An orthodontic practice evaluates the size, shape, and position of the patient’s teeth and jaw for current issues as well as potential problems. While a good orthodontic practice will help patients achieve a beautiful smile, it will also help them address structural issues that may lead to more serious problems.

“An orthodontic practice evaluates the size, shape, and position of the patient’s teeth and jaw for current issues as well as potential problems.”

What an Orthodontic Practice Does

An orthodontic practice safeguards the proper Read functioning of teeth for better oral health and functioning. Braces and other orthodontic appliances reposition misaligned jaws, facial bones, and the surrounding soft tissue in addition to teeth. As a result, orthodontia can improve dental hygiene, preserve tooth enamel, and allow patients to chew and speak more effectively.

To open up an orthodontic practice, practitioners must earn a bachelor’s degree (BA or BS), go to dental school for their DDS or DMD, and then complete a two-to-three-year residency for a certificate of orthodontics. Some orthodontists also acquire master's degrees.

“Orthodontia can improve dental hygiene, preserve tooth enamel, and allow patients to chew and speak more effectively.”

When Orthodontics is Necessary

Although patients can benefit from orthodontic treatment at any age, it is ideal for younger people. Braces and other therapies can direct the jaw to grow in proper alignment, preventing larger problems such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD).

Any of the following issues may indicate the need for an orthodontic practice:

  • Biting the cheek or roof of the mouth
  • Crowded, misplaced, or blocked-out teeth
  • Difficulty biting/chewing
  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Facial imbalance/asymmetry
  • Inability to close lips comfortably
  • Jaws that shift, make sounds, are recessed or protrude
  • Mouth breathing
  • Speech difficulty
  • Sucking the thumb/fingers
  • Teeth that meet abnormally do not meet or protrude
  • Teeth grinding/clenching

“Braces and other therapies can direct the jaw to grow in proper alignment, preventing larger problems such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD).”

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What to Expect at an Orthodontist Practice

One’s first trip to an orthodontic practice will feel familiar. The waiting room may be similar to a dental office. When the patient is called back, they will sit in a dentist's style chair for their examination.

An orthodontic assistant or technician will take pictures or X-rays of the jaw and teeth so the orthodontist can see their position. The treatment team may have the patient bite into a tray of gooey material to make an impression showing the size and shape of the teeth. The orthodontist will examine the mouth, telling the patient to bite down or open wide. They will ask about any issues the patient has with swallowing, chewing, and jaw popping or clicking.

“An orthodontic assistant or technician will take pictures or X-rays of the jaw and teeth so the orthodontist can see their position.”

Choosing an Orthodontic Practice

When it is time for an orthodontic practice, choose carefully. While the patient could randomly choose from Google or the phone book, a more informative resource is the patient’s insurance company or a review website. Word-of-mouth is another resource for quality orthodontic care in the local area.

Consider speaking to more than one orthodontic practice before making a choice. Some questions to ask include:

  • Do they accept your dental insurance?
  • Do they offer free consultations?
  • Do they offer low or no-interest payment plans?
  • Does the team stay up-to-date through continuing education?
  • How long have they been practicing?
  • How many patients have they treated?
  • If more than one family member goes to this practice, is there a discount?

“When it is time to find an orthodontic practice, choose carefully.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why do I need an orthodontic practice if my dentist does braces?

A. Orthodontic treatment is about more than straightening teeth. A dentist may produce cosmetically pleasing results. However, they do not have the additional years of in-depth training to diagnose and treat misaligned jaw, teeth, and facial bones.

Q. When should I seek out an orthodontic practice?

A. It is a good idea to visit an orthodontic practice when you are young. Proper positioning of the jaw and teeth can direct growth. However, any time you notice issues with the teeth or jaw—such as teeth not meeting, speech difficulties, tooth grinding, and so on—you should visit an orthodontic practice.

Q. What resources should I use to find the right orthodontic practice?

A. Consult your insurance provider, friends, neighbors, and review websites when looking for an orthodontic practice. The internet is an excellent resource because you can read reviews of local orthodontic practices from their patients. Also, your dentist may have some good recommendations.

Q. What will it be like to visit an orthodontic practice?

A. At first, visiting an orthodontic practice will be much like visiting a dentist. The office and the diagnostic tests, like x-rays and molds, will be the same. Once you have a diagnosis, the orthodontist can explain what to expect from treatment.

Q. How much does orthodontic treatment cost?

A. The cost of orthodontic treatment varies widely from place to place and patient to patient. Luckily, many insurance plans cover at least a portion of the cost. Be sure to check with your insurance provider for details on coverage.

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Definition of Orthodontic Terminology

Dentition refers to the way the teeth are arranged in the mouth.
Distal refers to the backside of a tooth.
Fixed Retainer
A fixed retainer is fixed permanently in the mouth and behind the teeth.
Malocclusion is the condition in which the upper and lower teeth do not meet properly when the bite is closed. Conditions of malocclusion can include overbite, underbite, crossbite and open bite; all of which are treatable with Invisalign®.
Orthodontic Appliance
Orthodontic appliances have multiple forms that can help treat malocclusions, irregularity with the teeth, and disproportionate jaw issues.
Orthodontic Brackets
Orthodontic brackets are the portion of the braces that attach to the teeth and hold the wires in place. The brackets remain on the teeth with a type of dental glue.
An orthodontist is a dentist who is specially qualified to diagnose, prevent, and treat any irregularities of the teeth and jaw.
An overbite is a type of malocclusion that occurs when the upper teeth jut out over the lower teeth, covering them and causing other issues.
Phase One Orthodontics
Phase One orthodontics is orthodontic treatment that is performed before the permanent teeth have erupted.
Teeth Crowding
Teeth crowding is a lack of space in the mouth for all of the teeth to grow properly, leading to the need to extract some of the teeth.
An underbite is a malocclusion that occurs when the lower jaw and front teeth sit beyond the upper front teeth.

Learn More About an Orthodontic Practice

Seeking an orthodontic practice at any age promotes good oral health. Not only can orthodontic services improve the look and function of teeth, but also they improve a patient’s confidence.

If you are looking for braces or other services, let UC Smiles Orthodontics in San Antonio help. Call us at 210-672-1054 to find out more.

If you live in the San Antonio area, call 210-672-1054 for an appointment in our San Antonio office.

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