If you are considering orthodontic treatment
or simply have questions about your smile,
call our office today at (806) 798-1043 to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Keeling.

Orthodontic Treatment

Anyone who desires to have straighter teeth or improve their bite may be a good candidate for braces. For most children and adults, braces are the most common method for achieving optimally aligned teeth. Aside from straightening teeth, braces are used to improve the relationship of how our teeth come together between the upper and lower jaws.

How do braces work?

Braces work by controlled process using force and constant pressure. For traditional braces, the wire that is attached to the brackets works to put pressure on the teeth to move to a specified direction. As your treatment progresses you will come to our office for regular checkups and adjustments to insure you end up with your best smile.

Types of Braces

Metal
These are the most common and traditional type of braces. They are typically made out of stainless steel. Metal brackets are fixed (bonded) onto the teeth and secure a wire with elastic ties made out of rubber.

Ceramic
Also called “clear braces,” these provide a cosmetic alternative to the metal wired braces. The brackets are ceramic to match the shade of teeth and clear elastic ties are used. The downside to ceramic braces is that they are more prone to breakage compared to the metal braces.

Invisalign

These braces are made of a clear plastic that is custom-made without the use of brackets or wires on the teeth. These are also known as “clear braces” and present a very comfortable option for treatment. Learn more about Invisalign here.