Hello and welcome back to the Leiker Orthodontics blog! Today, we wanted to talk a little bit about what it is we do here, what sets us apart from a regular dentist’s office and why that is important for you and your family. Keep reading, and then be sure to follow up and schedule your consultation in Conroe or The Woodlands. At either location, our Texas team will give you plenty of reasons to smile!
An orthodontist is just a way of identifying a particular sort of highly specialist dentist. We are deeply trained in the high art of moving teeth around to achieve a better-looking, healthier smile for a patient. Many orthodontic patients are actually referred to us by their family dentist so that we can tackle an alignment problem that requires an orthodontist’s specialized skills and toolbox.
While it’s true that a regular family dentist may try to offer certain orthodontic procedures. Many of these well-meaning folks will attempt to perform these complicated teeth maneuvers after attending the equivalent of a weekend continuing education course. No offense is intended, but that sort of brazenness is baffling to those of us who have committed our careers to this one important area.
Think about it, orthodontic techniques can permanently alter the appearance of your teeth and even your facial structure. So, you should want to ensure that your mouth is always in good hands, so to speak!
A certified orthodontist trains for an additional two years–at least–following dental school. So, when you come to see someone like Dr. Leiker, who has the deep training and many years of hands-on experience, you can have 100% confidence that your corrective work will be carried out successfully.
We’ll Work With Your Family Dentist
We aren’t intending to come off the wrong way. We collaborate with family dentists all the time. The key for you is to make sure you are looping in the appropriate dentist for the appropriate task. If your teeth need to be realigned, then we strongly suggest using a qualified orthodontist. For teeth cleaning and preventive solutions, gum disease treatment, dental fillings, and so forth you will want to see your dentist on a regular basis. We are confident that your regular dentist and Dr. Leiker will be able to work together to create and maintain the gorgeous grin you deserve.
So, What Can We Do For You Here?
Here are a few of the areas in which we can be a big help…
Pediatric Orthodontic Procedures: These attempt to preemptively address the potential orthodontic problems before they ever occur in a young person. Early treatment can get your child better results and save them from enduring more serious (and more costly) problems later on in life.
Braces: This is the classic orthodontic procedure, in which braces (usually made of metal brackets and wires) are used to straighten out misaligned teeth.
Invisalign: This forward-looking treatment can straighten your teeth without the use of any metal whatsoever. Instead, Dr. Leiker can utilize clear orthodontic aligners to get the job done quickly, safely and effectively.
Retainers: We have learned that teeth are stubborn and it may take a while for them to settle into a new and better position, even following a long and complex procedure. That’s where retainers come in. They can help solidify the new location in the first few months after treatment is complete.
TMJ Disorder Treatments: A bad bite often leads to TMJ-related problems characterized by teeth grinding (bruxism). If you are dealing with such issues, a highly trained orthodontist like Dr. Leiker can use the Roth Technique to bring your jaw back into proper alignment.
Learn More, Get Started Today!
If you are ready to begin your transformational journey, call 281-717-6045 to reach either location of Leiker Orthodontics today! We’re excited to get to work on your smile!