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Seven Facts about Orthodontics

Orthodontics, the process of straightening teeth, is a fairly popular treatment. It was the first recognized dental specialty within the dental profession and is offered at Edinburg Family Dentistry to give you a beautiful smile. Here are a few more facts about this treatment that you may not know.

  • The word “orthodontics” is of Greek origin.
    “Ortho” means “straight,” or “correct” while “dont” refers to the teeth.
  • People have had crooked teeth for eons.
    Crooked teeth have been around basically as long as man has. Archaeologists have discovered Egyptian mummies with metal bands around their teeth. There have been writings throughout history referring to “irregularities” of the teeth (Hippocrates) and about the development of an orthodontic appliance in 1728 (by a French dentist named Pierre Fauchard).
  • Orthodontics became the first dental specialty in 1900.
    The specialty was founded by Edward H. Angle who was then the first orthodontist – he was the first to limit his practice to only the realigning of teeth and jaws. He established what is now the American Association of Orthodontics.
  • Gold was the metal of choice for braces circa 1900.
    Gold is malleable, which made it easy for dentists to work with as an orthodontic appliance. However, because it is malleable, it stretches easily; this meant that patients had to make frequent trips to the dentist for adjustments to keep their treatment on track.
  • Teeth move in response to pressure over time.
    Some pressure on the teeth can be harmful, such as thumb-sucking or abnormal swallowing. However, braces and aligners apply pressure in a very precise way gently and constantly to guide teeth to their new positions.
  • Teeth can move because bone breaks down and rebuilds.
    The pressure from braces causes cells called “osteoclasts” to break down bone while “osteoblasts” rebuild it. This process is called “bone remodeling” and can be supported by a balanced diet.
  • Orthodontic treatment is a professional service.
    Although braces themselves are dental appliances, they are simply the tool utilized to perform a job. A successful treatment will depend on the expertise and skill of your orthodontist who will take your individual needs into consideration to customize your treatment. Your participation and commitment will also be important to the success of the treatment – you will have to be diligent about following your orthodontist’s instructions.

Edinburg Family Dentistry is experienced in orthodontic treatment and can provide high-quality care for your family.

Six Reasons to Choose Edinburg Family Dentistry for Orthodontic Treatment

Edinburg Family Dentistry is proud to provide orthodontic treatment for the families. We know that you have several options when it comes to treatment, so here are a few reasons why we are the best choice.

Convenient location

When you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, you will need to visit your orthodontist fairly regularly not just to have the treatment progressed, but to have it monitored carefully. We are happy to be in a location that is accessible by a great number of patients. Even if it is not close to your location, we are easy to find, as we are close to UT Rio Grande Valley.

Easy to make appointments

With our convenient office hours, including some Saturday hours, our patients don’t have to jump through hoops or make extensive changes to their schedules just to get orthodontic care.

High-quality care

When you are a patient of Edinburg Family Dentistry, you can have confidence in knowing that you are being treated by experienced professionals who stay up-to-date with the latest trends and technology of their field. It’s also clear to our patients that they receive care and attention that is not easy to find in dental offices.

Individualized attention

At Edinburg Family Dentistry, you won’t feel like just another person in a chair. Our dentists consider each patient’s needs and situations and take them into account for their treatment. Not only does this result in the best possible treatment plan for you, but it will result in a smoother procedure.

Affordable treatment

We truly care about the orthodontic and oral health of our patients at Edinburg Family Dentistry and we don’t believe that cost should get in the way of a healthy mouth or beautiful smile. A straight smile may be considered mainly an aesthetic issue, but straight teeth have oral health advantages as well. We want all patients to have access to that, which is why we work with families to create an affordable plan that works for everybody.

Comfortable offices with up-to-date technology

An uncomfortable or threatening dental office can discourage patients from getting the dental care they need. We aim to create a welcoming office at Edinburg Family Dentistry and we keep it up-to-date in dental technology to provide you with the safest, highest-quality care we can.

The best way to know you’ve chosen the right doctor for you is to visit their offices. Make an appointment at Edinburg Family Dentistry. We are confident that we are the best for handling your orthodontic treatment.