Houston Dentist From The Galleria - General and Cosmetic Denstistry
Dr. Gary Ricketts
Houston Orthodontist

Orthodontic Braces

Dental braces are used to straighten crooked teeth, align upper and lower jaws, and improve your smile.

When a natural tooth can be moved to improve the looks of a smile, it is still our number one choice. Houston Orthodontics does this by using gentle pressure to move the tooth over time. Almost half of our orthodontic patients are adults.

Gaps, overlaps, crowding, and rotated teeth are some of the things your teeth can do to ruin your smile. However, these can all be treated by orthodontic appliances, or braces.

Who needs orthodontic treatment?

Not everyone' teeth are perfectly straight. In fact, many people have crooked or overcrowded teeth. If your Houston dentist thinks your teeth need straightening, he or she may refer you to an Houston orthodontist.

Here at Houston dentist, we have a Houston orthodontist and Houston dentist in our office which helps this process to go much smoother. Your Houston dentist and Houston orthodontist will work together in caring for your teeth, ensuring that all aspects of your dental needs are addressed.

At what age can orthodontic treatment start?

It is most common for children around the age of 8 and up to begin orthodontic treatment. However, an increasing number of adults are choosing orthodontic treatment.

How long does the treatment take?

Depending on your personal orthodontic needs, it typically takes 18 to 30 months to complete. For adults, it may take less time because the facial bones have stopped growing.



  • Traditional braces are very strong and can withstand the forces or many types of treatment.
  • Traditional braces usually take a few months less time to correct your bite than ceramic braces.

  • Metal braces are usually the most economical option.


Ceramic braces consist of wires and clear, ceramic brackets and fuction just like traditional braces. Because the brackets are virtually clear, only teeth are visible.


  • Some people feel that ceramic braces are more comfortable than metal braces.
  • They have a much more pleasant look than traditional braces.

Ceramic braces are responsible for Tom Cruise's smile.


  • Invisalign braces are great for people who do not have severe alignment problems.


What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an unconventional way of straightening teeth. Invisalign uses no metal or wires, and it has a removable set of clear aligners that give the illusion that you do not have braces.

What do aligners look like?

Aligners are made of clear, strong medical grade plastic that is virtually invisible when worn.

How does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign is able to reach the desired teeth alignment using computer imaging. What this means is that your "aligners" are customized to your mouth--the initial and final position are based on your tooth position. Then your "aligners" shift your teeth. Each aligner last for about two weeks, and after its lifespan, it is replaced with another custom aligner.

How long does it take?

A typical Invisalign case takes about a year from start to finish.

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