Orthodontics Dentist

Orthodontics
Braces Procedure, Options & Details

Dr. Peter Sutton has the experience and credentials you should look for when considering an orthodontist for your braces.

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“They have a supreme human touch; I am a dental chicken, and was terrified about having to have a tooth extracted, and a whole bunch of fillings, and old orthodontic work removed, and teeth whitened, and so on. Just 4 hours and a little polish in the dental chair; my ugly trash mouth walked out of there all-a-sparkling”

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Dr. Sutton – Red Bud Orthodontist in Round Rock, TX

Should I get Invisalign at Red Bud Dental?

We love all of our neighboring Orthodontists and have nothing but good things to say about them. However, there are a couple of amazing reasons why you should have your family’s orthodontic needs taken care of at Red Bud Dental.

Straighten crooked teeth with invisible braces.

You are being seen by a Board Certified Orthodontist, who are dentists that specialize and only see patients for braces
Everything in-house. Convenient scheduling, insurance billing, payment plans all under one roof.
Complimentary exams each visit. We all know its easy to get cavities when you have braces on. Our general dentists are always around to make sure things don’t get out of hand.
Proper dental cleanings on same visits. The worst of getting your teeth clean while you have braces on is not have the wire taken off ahead of time. So unless you first go to the orthodontist to have the wire removed, then go to the general dentist to have your teeth cleaned, only to have to go back to the orthodontist to have your wire put back on. It would be very hard to truly have a proper cleaning during the time you have your braces on.

How much do braces & Invisalign cost?

Our standard comprehensive braces fee is $4,400. This is for the standard metal brackets with routine wire changes for up to two years. This is pretty much 90% of our cases. There will be more complicated cases that may involve additional appliances such as a palatal expander, head gear or minor surgeries which would incur additional costs. We will go over all the details with you ahead of time so there won’t be any surprises.

Our Invisalign pricing is also $4,400 for the typical comprehensive case. This includes all of the models, impression, scan and exams. Similar to traditional braces, there may be additional charges if the case is more complex requiring additional procedures. The final retainer is an additional cost at the end of treatment.

Video 01:00 | Thanks to today’s technology, people of all ages—including adults—can have a great smile without having to wear metal braces. See if invisible braces might be a good option for you.

When should I get braces?

The best time to get braces varies from patient to patient. If our orthodontist identifies problems which could become more serious if left untreated, early treatment may be indicated. Early treatment usually begins with dental appliances while your child still has baby teeth. These appliances will help guide the development of the bone to a more ideal position so that your child won’t have to go through major surgery or malocclusion. However, in the majority of cases we will see children around the age of 12 when all the baby teeth have fallen out.

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Video 01:31 Wires and brackets or Invisalign® treatment? Find out why, for many teens, the choice is clear.

What is Orthodontics or Braces

Nearly 50% of the population, according to the American Association of Orthodontics, suffer from teeth not aligning and severe enough to benefit from orthodontic or braces treatment. Treatment with braces or clear aligners can take several months to a few years to safely and slowly move the teeth and jaws into an ideal position.If your misalignment is very severe enough, jaw surgery may be recommended. This type of treatment is typically started during adolescence because bones can more easily be manipulated.

At Red Bud Dental, we have specialized dentists called Orthodontists who will give you or your kids a thorough examination and report on what types of orthodontic treatment is best for your case. In some instances, you simply need traditional braces, other more severe cases may require headgear or palatal expansion. Rest assured we will be able to get you that perfect Instagram smile.

Should I do braces or Invisalign

Traditional Metal Braces
Patient is 100% compliant, so don’t have to worry about delayed treatment times due to not wearing your aligners.
Braces move the entire tooth including the root which is more stable over time.
Braces has been around for 100 years and is the gold standard for teeth alignment.
Invisalign Clear Retainers
Invisalign is way more esthetic. No metal brackets and wires.
You can remove your aligners anytime. If you have important meetings or pictures etc.
You can eat whatever you want, just brush and put the aligners back on after meals.
Invisalign is more comfortable than braces

Modern Braces

Thanks to technology and advancements in dentistry, braces have come a long way in the past few decades. Instead of headgear and bulky brackets, Dr. Peter Sutton offers modern braces that are both discrete and supremely comfortable. We use advanced glue that prevents unwanted staining when attaching brackets to the surface of the teeth. In addition, we also use a special wire that continually exerts a gentle force during treatment so fewer office visits are needed.

Clear Braces

For patients who want a more discreet option, Red Bud Dental also offers clear ceramic brackets. Ceramic braces work exactly the same as metal braces but are tooth-colored and less noticeable to the eye. This is a great option for teens or adults who may not be candidates for Invisalign.

Metal Braces In Round Rock

Did you know that metal braces were the first kind of orthodontic treatment to be created? They remain popular to this very day due to how effective they are. While most patients are familiar with metal braces, they’re not aware of how much technology has changed. Within the past few decades, braces have improved by leaps and bounds, giving patients the confidence and comfort they desire when undergoing the journey to achieve their dream smile.

Why Choose Metal Braces In Our Round Rock Orthodontics Office?

Braces are made up of two primary components: brackets and wires. Braces have become much more comfortable and aesthetic in recent years due to years of research and development.

The brackets used in today’s metal braces are small, thin, and far less visible on the teeth compared to before. Certain brackets have clips on them that hold the wire in place, removing the need for colored elastic bands. However, some patients like being able to change the colors of their bands each month and may prefer brackets designed to use elastic bands.

Brackets aren’t the only aspect of braces that have improved. The wire that loops through the brackets can be heat-activated due to advances in material science. The wires are bendable when cold but return to their original form when exposed to body heat in the mouth. The wire gradually increases tension on the teeth, making the placement of a new wire far more comfortable than how it was in the past.

Dr. Sutton uses braces to shift the teeth into proper alignment with incredible precision. We can address virtually any orthodontic condition with braces while providing timely results. Keep in mind that stunning results aren’t only achieved with metal braces. Clear brackets made of tooth-colored ceramic and lingual braces (applied behind the teeth) are both highly effective forms of treatment.

For patients who are on a budget, metal braces are the most economical form of orthodontic treatment. Metal braces are the most accessible way to achieve your perfect smile without worrying about breaking the bank.

Are Metal Braces Right For You?

While braces are an effective treatment option, results typically take one to two years for most patients. Patients who can’t commit to having braces for this long should consider a more discreet form of treatment such as clear braces, lingual braces, or Invisalign. However, for patients who keep the end goal of a straighter smile in mind, staying committed to metal braces is easy and well worth it.

5-Star Orthodontic Care With Your Round Rock Orthodontist For Metal Braces

Are you ready to improve your smile with a highly skilled orthodontist? Dr. Peter Sutton is regularly rated 5-stars for the specialized care and professionalism he provides. He takes the time to learn about your goals and creates a custom treatment plan to turn your dream smile into a reality. With years of experience and a dedication to stunning orthodontic results, you’ll feel confident that you’re getting the best care available in all of Round Rock, TX. To get started, call our office or schedule your appointment online with Dr. Sutton now!

Retainers

You’ll be thrilled to get your braces off and see your straightened smile for the first time. Additionally, you can go back to enjoying all the crunchy and sticky foods you want without worry. But, it’s important to understand that your orthodontic treatment doesn’t end here. 

Wearing a retainer is an absolute must if you want to maintain your beautiful new smile and prevent the need for retreatment in the future. 

Instead of asking “how long should I wear my retainer”, we tell patients that the question they should be asking themselves is “how long do I want straight teeth?”

A retainer prevents your teeth from shifting out of place and is the only way to guarantee your smile remains perfectly straight.

Types of Retainers

There are various types of retainers available based on your individual needs and preference. Dr. Sutton will evaluate your case and recommend the retainer best for your lifestyle.

Invisible retainer: An invisible retainer is very similar to the aligners worn during Invisalign treatment. It’s made of clear plastic and isn’t noticeable to other people, making it very discreet. Some patients choose to wear this retainer during the day immediately after treatment and gradually shift to wearing them only at night.

Hawley retainer: A Hawley retainer uses a combination of hard acrylic and a metal wire to keep your teeth in place. This retainer is extremely durable, can be adjusted, and can also be worn during the day and transitioned into solely nighttime use.

Bonded retainer: A bonded retainer is the only type of retainer that isn’t removable. It is bonded to the back of the teeth, making it a good option for parents who are concerned about their children not wearing their retainers as required.

Taking Care of Your Retainers

Removable retainers require daily cleaning, and it’s as easy as gently brushing them with a toothbrush or soaking them in a glass of cleaning solution. Hawley retainers can be cleaned with a toothbrush, gentle brushing, and rinsing with water. We recommend cleaning Invisible retainers with dish soap or hydrogen peroxide, as toothpaste can leave marks and cause the clear retainer to appear cloudy.

Patients should avoid using hot water when cleaning retainers, as heat can change the shape and cause them not to fit anymore. Take extra caution to keep your retainers away from pets so it isn’t accidentally eaten or destroyed. Dr. Sutton likes to remind patients that the easiest way to protect retainers is to keep them in your case when they’re not in your face!

At Red Bud Dental in Round Rock, TX, we don’t just want to help you achieve a confident smile. We want to help you maintain it for a lifetime. Retainers are an essential part of orthodontic treatment that will keep your teeth straight, healthy, and beautiful.

Early Treatment

At what age should a child first visit an orthodontist?

According to The American Association of Orthodontists, most children should have an orthodontist screening by 7 years old. This gives Dr. Sutton adequate time to determine if orthodontic treatment may be needed in the future, and when the best timeframe would be. Our dentists have been trained to detect any signs of orthodontic problems early on and may refer you outside of our office if treatment is needed before age 7.

Why are children being evaluated at such an early age?

While 7 years old may seem young, early diagnosis and treatment are key to achieving a healthy and straight smile. We can help guide teeth into a more favorable position, ensure there’s enough space for permanent teeth to come in, and reduce the likelihood of damaging any crooked teeth.

If Dr. Sutton indicates that early treatment is needed, he can guide the growth of incoming permanent teeth in the jaw. This involves monitoring the width of the upper and lower arches, creating space for permanent teeth, and avoiding the need to extract any existing permanent teeth. He also focuses on reducing the likelihood of impacted teeth, correcting habits such as thumb-sucking, and correcting abnormal swallowing or any speech issues. Early treatment makes orthodontic treatment easier later on once all the permanent teeth have come out.

Does early treatment benefit all children?

It is important to note that early orthodontic treatment does not benefit all children. In some cases, it may be better to wait until all the permanent teeth erupt and start treatment in the teenage years. Certain skeletal orthodontic issues shouldn’t be addressed until the child or teenager has fully grown. Dr. Sutton develops a custom treatment plan based on your child’s individual needs. If he determines that the patient isn’t ready for treatment yet, they will be monitored on our orthodontic supervisory program.

What is the Orthodontic Supervisory Program?

Here at Red Bud Dental, we have an orthodontic supervisory program for patients who may need treatment in the future. This program allows us to monitor your child’s permanent teeth as they erupt. Dr. Sutton may be able to prevent teeth from erupting poorly by strategically removing baby teeth. We also notify your general dentist of any recommendations made during this visit. We usually see patients in the program every 6-8 months and observe their progress as their teeth grow in. The orthodontic supervisory program is completely free and allows Dr. Sutton to determine the best time to start orthodontic treatment so we can achieve the healthiest results for your child.

In addition to a beautiful smile, what are the other benefits of orthodontic treatment?

Braces boost your overall oral health by improving the function of your bite and teeth. Straighter teeth make it easy to maintain good oral hygiene, preventing wear on the teeth and increasing the longevity of natural teeth for a lifetime.

If a child has treatment early, does it prevent the need for braces as a teenager?

Early treatment can prevent more severe dental problems from developing and also simplify future treatment. Since all the permanent teeth likely haven’t erupted when early treatment begins, your child’s alignment may still need correction. Typically, getting braces in the teenage years after all the permanent teeth have erupted completes the orthodontic treatment. However, there are some circumstances in which further orthodontic treatment is not needed.

Do we still need to see our family dentist during orthodontic treatment?

Patients with braces and other orthodontic appliances need to take extra care to keep their teeth and gums clean. It’s important to stay on top of routine check-ups and cleanings every 6 months during orthodontic treatment to achieve the highest level of oral health and prevent any dental problems from occurring.

Adult Orthodontic Treatment

According to The American Association of Orthodontists, most children should have an orthodontist screening by 7 years old. This gives Dr. Sutton adequate time to determine if orthodontic treatment may be needed in the future, and when the best timeframe would be. Our dentists have been trained to detect any signs of orthodontic problems early on and may refer you outside of our office if treatment is needed before age 7.

Why are children being evaluated at such an early age?

While 7 years old may seem young, early diagnosis and treatment are key to achieving a healthy and straight smile. We can help guide teeth into a more favorable position, ensure there’s enough space for permanent teeth to come in, and reduce the likelihood of damaging any crooked teeth.

If Dr. Sutton indicates that early treatment is needed, he can guide the growth of incoming permanent teeth in the jaw. This involves monitoring the width of the upper and lower arches, creating space for permanent teeth, and avoiding the need to extract any existing permanent teeth. He also focuses on reducing the likelihood of impacted teeth, correcting habits such as thumb-sucking, and correcting abnormal swallowing or any speech issues. Early treatment makes orthodontic treatment easier later on once all the permanent teeth have come out.

Does early treatment benefit all children?

It is important to note that early orthodontic treatment does not benefit all children. In some cases, it may be better to wait until all the permanent teeth erupt and start treatment in the teenage years. Certain skeletal orthodontic issues shouldn’t be addressed until the child or teenager has fully grown. Dr. Sutton develops a custom treatment plan based on your child’s individual needs. If he determines that the patient isn’t ready for treatment yet, they will be monitored on our orthodontic supervisory program.

What is the Orthodontic Supervisory Program?

Here at Red Bud Dental, we have an orthodontic supervisory program for patients who may need treatment in the future. This program allows us to monitor your child’s permanent teeth as they erupt. Dr. Sutton may be able to prevent teeth from erupting poorly by strategically removing baby teeth. We also notify your general dentist of any recommendations made during this visit. We usually see patients in the program every 6-8 months and observe their progress as their teeth grow in. The orthodontic supervisory program is completely free and allows Dr. Sutton to determine the best time to start orthodontic treatment so we can achieve the healthiest results for your child.

In addition to a beautiful smile, what are the other benefits of orthodontic treatment?

Braces boost your overall oral health by improving the function of your bite and teeth. Straighter teeth make it easy to maintain good oral hygiene, preventing wear on the teeth and increasing the longevity of natural teeth for a lifetime.

If a child has treatment early, does it prevent the need for braces as a teenager?

Early treatment can prevent more severe dental problems from developing and also simplify future treatment. Since all the permanent teeth likely haven’t erupted when early treatment begins, your child’s alignment may still need correction. Typically, getting braces in the teenage years after all the permanent teeth have erupted completes the orthodontic treatment. However, there are some circumstances in which further orthodontic treatment is not needed.

Do we still need to see our family dentist during orthodontic treatment?

Patients with braces and other orthodontic appliances need to take extra care to keep their teeth and gums clean. It’s important to stay on top of routine check-ups and cleanings every 6 months during orthodontic treatment to achieve the highest level of oral health and prevent any dental problems from occurring.

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