Crooked teeth not only affect the beauty of your smile. They can also cause a range of oral health issues, including decay and gum disease.
At Haltom Orthodontics in Albuquerque, NM, we offer many orthodontic treatments, including braces and Invisalign®, to straighten your smile.
So why should you consider orthodontics?
Straighter Teeth Can Provide a Healthier Smile
Less Risk of Decay
When your teeth are crooked, it is more difficult to keep them clean. Straightening your smile with braces or another orthodontic treatment can reduce your risk of gum disease and other oral health issues.
Improve Your Comfort
Misalignment can cause unnecessary wear and tear while placing stress on your jaw joints. Drs. Tucker and Darren Haltom can design an orthodontic treatment plan that targets these issues for a more comfortable smile.
Enhance Your Self-Confidence
Straightening your teeth can make you feel more confident about your smile and your overall appearance.
Take a closer look at how braces work...
Why is it important to undergo orthodontic treatment?
Studies Show a Straighter Smile Can Boost Your Confidence
In a survey conducted by Invisalign and the Harris Poll, 92 percent of adults who have undergone orthodontic treatment in their lifetime responded that straighter teeth contributed to their confidence.
When should you see an orthodontist?
Orthodontic Treatment Isn't Just for Kids
Because orthodontic treatment can help improve the health and beauty of your smile, there is a growing number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment every year.
We offer various orthodontic treatment options, meaning you can undergo treatment at virtually any age.
Options for Every Age
Haltom Orthodontics is a great place to explore the orthodontic treatment options available 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 customized not only to your teeth – but to your life, school, and work.
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 them 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.
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 treatment 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.