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Blake Dental Arts


(941) 792-0260

George H. Burgess, D.D.S., P.A.

Orthodontics (Braces)

Orthodontics offer many other benefits besides improving the aesthetic appeal of your smile. Crooked teeth can be challenging to clean and maintain, prompting tooth decay and periodontal disease. They can also cause the jaw to misalign, which over time can lead to excessive stress on teeth, inefficient chewing function, and symptoms such as headaches, face, or neck pain. An orthodontist can evaluate your teeth and determine an orthodontics treatment plan best suited for your individual needs.

In many cases, orthodontic issues like excess space between teeth, extra or missing teeth, a protruding upper lip, or overcrowding are the result of genetic predisposition. However, these problems can also be caused by dental disease, abnormal swallowing, poor oral hygiene or nutrition, thumb sucking, mouth breathing, or trauma. Although it is common for people to postpone orthodontics treatment because of the associated costs, in the long run these procedures are often less expensive than the care needed to resolve complications caused by misaligned teeth. As your orthodontist will confirm, an orthodontics treatment provides proactive prevention to a host of oral problems as well as a solution to crooked teeth.

Braces apply constant, moderate pressure on the teeth to gradually move them into the correct positions. Today’s braces are far less noticeable than traditional orthodontics treatments and the wires used are not as obvious as they once were. Your orthodontist can even fit you with clear braces in Denton, TX that are barely detectable, allowing you to subtly obtain the beautifully straight smile you desire. The materials currently used to construct braces, which include plastic, ceramic, and metal, are also capable of moving teeth more quickly and comfortably than they could in the past.