With Heroes Dental, your kids are receiving the utmost attention and care for their dental health. But you, the parents, can also schedule yourself to get braces, too!

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Orthodontic Dentistry FAQ

Orthodontics focuses on the diagnosis, avoidance, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities. 

Your child’s pediatric dentist will often be the one who suggests orthodontic treatment. It is important to follow up as soon as possible because prolonging the issue will lead to greater damage to your little one’s teeth and confidence.

An orthodontist is a dentist who finished an educational program during dental school that taught them the techniques necessary to manage the movement of teeth and facial development. 

Essentially, orthodontists are the ones who decide if and what kind of braces are best for your child.

Yes! Luckily, several options are available and range in the material they are made of. While most people are used to seeing others with metal braces, there are more options available for getting your child’s teeth straightened. 

Options at Heroes Dental include:

• Metal Braces - This is one of the most common types of braces, thankfully, metal braces have become significantly more discreet over the years.  

• Clear Braces - Clear braces are a nice way to straighten teeth with nearly invisible brackets that fuse naturally with your little one’s smile. They are very discreet and are not as noticeable as metal braces. 

• Invisalign - The process of using Invisalign over metal braces varies in many ways. These types of braces are removable for eating and drinking but should be worn the majority of the time. Invisalign braces are clear molds of your child’s teeth, appearing like a mouthguard,  that you switch out every few weeks with a new mold that will get their teeth to where they need to be. 

The time it will take for your kid to obtain straight teeth is completely up to their specific situation. Everyone is unique and has different anatomies, so there is no definite answer on how long your child will have to wear braces. 

A few factors that will affect the length of their journey include:

• Your child’s age 

• General oral health conditions

• If tooth extraction is necessary

• The braces you choose for your child

• Other issues that need to be fixed

On average, a person can have braces between 1-3 years, like mentioned before, depending on their unique needs. When you make an appointment with our children’s orthodontist in McAllen, you will get a better idea of how long you will need them. 

Although braces aren’t the most comfortable when your child first gets them, fortunately, they will get used to them rather quickly. When they first start to adjust your kid’s teeth, any pain should be relieved by over-the-counter pain medicines. 

By the time they know it, braces will be an average part of their lives and they probably won’t even realize they’re there.

Teeth Whitening FAQ

Teeth whitening procedures are not invasive and produce results quickly, and this cosmetic procedure is less expensive than most. Professional teeth whitening can create the confidence you and your children deserve by restoring the sparkle in your smiles. 

Although the whiteness achieved after a session depends on how discolored your teeth are, professional teeth whitening can help them become almost ten times whiter after only one session.

The biggest concern people tend to have about this procedure is whether the procedure could potentially damage their teeth. Rest assured that this procedure is safe and will not cause harm to enamel or gums when done by our oral healthcare professionals. 

The tools and materials used during a teeth whitening procedure are safe and do not have any negative long-term or short-term effects. Our knowledgeable staff performs the procedure with much care and attention to safety.

For most people, getting their teeth whitened does not cause any pain. The only exceptions are those who have weak enamel. In this case, the procedure may cause sensitivity to the teeth that should only last for a few days. 

Usually, before a teeth whitening procedure, your McAllen cosmetic dentist will provide a teeth cleaning to check on the state of the enamel, which will help to prevent any pain and sensitivity during and after the procedure.

The result of teeth whitening can last from 6 months to a year if you and your families take care of your teeth and develop a solid oral hygiene routine. Things you can do to prevent staining are limiting the consumption of foods and drinks like coffee, dark sodas, and tomato-based sauce.

As always, practicing good oral hygiene can help you maintain the good and prevent the bad. Remember, it is recommended you and your little ones brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes each time. Flossing and using mouthwash are also essential parts of good oral hygiene. 

Practicing ideal oral hygiene can help your kid’s enamel stay strong and will generally keep their smile bright. 

As previously mentioned, avoiding food and drinks that stain your enamel will keep your teeth shimmering, as well as scheduling regular cleanings with your McAllen pediatric dentists.

As time passes, you might notice that your once glimmering white teeth now are so bright.  Fortunately, your McAllen family dentists at Heroes Dental can help restore the shimmer in your smile.

Make That Smile Bright

Cracks, chips, or tooth gaps can leave anyone self-conscious about their smile. Veneers, however, help out a lot. Schedule an appointment with a caring and experienced family dentist in San Juan. 

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Veneers FAQ

Veneers are essentially shells that are placed over your child's teeth and provide a protective shield, the way their natural enamel does. They come in different types and are used for different reasons, including for those looking to enhance their little ones’ dazzling smiles. 

Veneers are custom-made from ceramic to fit the anatomy of the child’s mouth and the natural color of their teeth.

The two common types of veneers are porcelain and composite bonding. Composite veneers are shaped and bonded to a tooth to enhance its appearance with a resin material. 

Porcelain veneers in McAllen are lab-made. They are a more stain-resistant type of veneer in comparison to other types.

For this question, you have to be completely honest with yourself. Think of how many sweets your child eats, if their oral hygiene routine is up to par, and how many sugary drinks they enjoy with their meals. All these goodies can cause some major staining to children's vulnerable teeth. 

These treats may even cause ridges on their teeth. You can fix this by eliminating all of the above, but that might not be as feasible for some. Veneers can be a solution to getting the best of both worlds. 

It can also help those little ones who already have pearly whites, but perhaps want to improve on their smiles because of typical things that happen in children’s teeth, such as:

• Cracks
• Chips
• Tooth gaps 
• Minor misalignment

Some veneers are made ahead of time, like a one-size fit, that will only take one appointment to place on your child’s teeth. 

If their veneers are custom-made, the process can take up to two weeks to complete. These veneers are most suggested for patients because of their efficiency and potentially painless process. 

Local anesthesia may be provided to those with tooth sensitivity. 

The process is simple, it starts with cleaning the tooth the veneer will be applied to. A piece of the tooth’s enamel will be extracted to get a mold of the tooth while your child gets a temporary veneer. 

Once the final veneer is finished in the laboratory, your child's pediatric dentist will clean the tooth once again and use an adhesive to attach the veneer. The dentist will then fix and maneuver the tooth to make it look as natural as possible. Your McAllen dentist may want to have some follow-up appointments with your little one just to make sure everything looks good and they’re comfortable. 

Book a dentist appointment with your McAllen pediatric dentists at Heroes Dental to keep your child smiling big and bright.

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