Treatment Options

Options for Every Age

Haltom Orthodontics is a great place to explore the treatment options available in orthodontics today. That’s because we continually invest in advancements that make your time in treatment a great experience. Dr. Darren and Dr. Tucker are leaders in orthodontics, and that means there’s no better place to get the answers you need to make the right decision for your family. And no matter your age, we have options that can be custom fit not only to your teeth – but to your life, school and work.



Early Diagnosis

We encourage parents to schedule their child’s initial exam at age 7. In some cases, we will recommend early, interceptive treatment. With early treatment we can take the least invasive approach to address skeletal issues that, left unchecked, may require more invasive approaches in the future. However, in most cases, we actually don't recommend treatment until the child has all of his or her adult teeth.

If waiting for treatment is recommended, we’ll see your child once or twice a year to monitor their growth and assess their needs. These very important growth and development appointments are provided free of charge.



Options for Adolescents

Between the ages of 11 and 15 is the most common time for orthodontic treatment, and for good reasons. By 12, most, if not all, of the permanent teeth are in place, and crooked teeth, gaps and bad bites are highly visible. We can often take advantage of the remaining growth to make the necessary orthodontic corrections and create an exceptional smile for your child. Since many of their friends are in braces at the same time, most adolescents LOVE sharing the braces experience. After school visits at Haltom Orthodontics feel a lot like friends getting together with friends.


Options for Teens and Adults

Whether you choose metal or clear braces, hidden braces or Invisalign, at Haltom Orthodontics you’ll have the benefit of Personalized Smile Design. Like fingerprints, your smile is unique - and so is our computerized system that combines digital orthodontic treatment planning with our doctors' extensive experience.

Your smile should be more than just straight teeth. It should fit your face and consider how you look not only the day the braces come off but well into the future. While many orthodontists are concerned only about making sure your teeth fit together and some dentists are only concerned about how your teeth look, we believe in going the extra mile to make sure it functions properly and looks amazing.


INVISALIGN & Other Invisible Options


The Invisalign® System straightens your teeth without wires and brackets, using a series of clear, customized, removable aligners. It's virtually invisible, which means you can straighten your teeth without announcing it to the world. Invisalign moves your teeth in small steps to the desired final position. Each of your aligners is precisely customized to fit your mouth at each stage of the treatment plan. You switch to a new set of aligners every couple of weeks and only remove the to eat, brush and floss. Consider Invisalign to get the beautiful straight teeth you've always wanted – without braces. A complimentary consultation can determine if Invisalign is right for you.


"Hidden", or lingual braces are attached behind the teeth and are therefore "invisible" when you smile. They are 100% customized to match the shape of your teeth and have wires that are shaped specifically for your mouth. Lingual braces are a very aesthetic option for athletes, models, actors and actresses, musicians who play wind instruments, and adult professionals whose lifestyle would be affected by other treatment options.


Accelerated Treatment

While all of our treatment options are faster than traditional orthodontics, we’re now offering two incredible technologies to speed up your treatment - because our priority isn’t to get you INTO braces, we want to get you OUT of braces with the best result - in the least amount of time.

We can add Acceledent and Propel to your treatment regardless of the type of treat ment you choose. You use Acceledent for 20 minutes a day and its gentle micro-pulses (vibrations) stimulate the bones in your jaw so that your teeth move into the desired position up to 40% faster. It’s comfortable and easy to use.

With Propel, a quick in-office procedure jump-starts tooth movement and can be used on one or two stubborn teeth or for your entire smile. Ask us how it works when you schedule your complimentary, initial consultation.


Alexander LTS System

Think of it this way . . . just about anyone can fly a plane, but landing one is a different story. The same could be said for orthodontics. Moving teeth isn't complicated, but proper alignment and a bite that fits and functions well is what separates orthodontists from their peers and makes them specialists.

The Alexander LTS System uses biologically compatible forces, but does so without compromising control. It's complicated, but our doctors make it look easy. The result is rapid tooth movement and a fantastic finish - in minimal time.

Both Drs. have lectured on this technique. Haltom Orthodontics has been practicing the Alexander Discipline for 37 years & have treated more cases with this technique than anyone in the world.


Frequently Asked Questions

Treatment

Does orthodontic treatment cause gingivitis or caries?

No, orthodontic treatment does not cause gingivitis or caries. Poor oral hygiene and plaque accumulation are the main reason for the development of caries. This is why it is very important to keep your teeth and braces clean during your treatment.

How long will it take to complete treatment?

Treatment time is different for every patient because everyone’s treatment is personalized. When you have your initial evaluation, we will be able to give you a very good idea of how long your treatment will take.

Do you use recycled braces?

No. We never reuse brackets or wires.

Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?

We recommend that you see your family dentist at least twice a year during orthodontic treatment. If you don’t have a family dentist, we can provide the necessary cleanings right in our office during your treatment.

Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth?

We cannot move teeth that have not yet erupted. That’s why most orthodontic treatment occurs after the age of 12, when the second set of molars appear. However, baby teeth can be moved orthodontically in order to create the proper space for the adult teeth.

Does orthodontic treatment cause gingivitis or caries?

No, orthodontic treatment does not cause gingivitis or caries. Poor oral hygiene and plaque accumulation are the main reason for the development of caries. This is why it is very important to keep your teeth and braces clean during your treatment.

Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?

You’re never too old to get a healthy, beautiful smile with braces or clear aligners. In fact, over 25% of our patients are adults.

Does whitening damage teeth?

Whitening, or bleaching, of the teeth can cause damage if done too often. We offer two forms of whitening and will work with you to make sure you get the maximum benefit without causing damage to your teeth.

Life with Braces

Can I still play sports?

Yes, you can. There’s no reason for you to stop enjoying sports and other activities you enjoy during your treatment. However, we recommend wearing a special mouthguard, designed to “float” over your braces, any time your activity could result in you being hit in the face with a ball or any other form of contact to your face is possible.

How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?

Keeping your teeth clean is always important – and even more so while wearing braces. We recommend that you brush well every morning, before you go to bed and after every meal and snack.

Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?

We recommend that you see your family dentist at least twice a year during orthodontic treatment. If you don’t have a family dentist, we can provide the necessary cleanings right in our office during your treatment.

Appointments

What will happen at the initial examination appointment?

At your initial examination appointment, you will have the opportunity to share your treatment goals, meet our team and meet with one of our doctors. This appointment offers an excellent opportunity to get answers to your questions and find out what options are best for you.

How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?

To schedule an initial exam you can call the office during normal business hours or, if you prefer, you can fill out the form on the Patient Information Page and we will contact you to set up your appointment.

Cost and Financing

How much will braces cost? Are financing options available? Do you accept insurance?

The investment required is dependent on the treatment that is prescribed. However, when you have your initial consultation we can give you specific information about your investment. We do offer payments plans to make your treatment affordable. While we do not accept direct payment from insurance carriers, we will work with you to help you maximize your benefits. As us about this when you have your consultation.