The earlier we can evaluate children for current or future potential orthodontic care needs the better. There are actually things we can do that are preventive during early childhood that can even help prevent a third of children from ever even needing braces in the first place!!

It’s a misconception that people often need teeth extracted for orthodontic care. The problem is often an undersized jaw, not a crowded jaw. The teeth are the right size, the jaw just never expanded to its full potential. We can help patients make room in their jaws for their full, healthy smile with no need for extraction.

Traditional orthodontics don’t really take into consideration the TMJ. In our practice, we use Controlled Arch Orthodontics which actually starts with a growth phase to help balance the needs of the teeth and the entire body such as the joints and airways. We don’t only focus on the cosmetic portion of orthodontic care, we also focus on the health of the entire mouth, face and body. Our treatment plan improves the entire look of the face!


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Condition
Underdeveloped Jaw

Symptoms
Crooked Teeth

Treatment
Controlled Arch Orthodontics


Orthodontics

Orthodontics became the first dental specialty in 1900.

Traditional vs Controlled Arch Braces

Traditional vs. Controlled Arch Braces

Traditional braces are restrictive which cause your jaw to either not grow or to shrink in size. Controlled arch braces actually expand your jaw and move your teeth forward away from your airway which helps move your tongue forward away from the airway helping you to breathe better.

In past generations, braces were considered a treatment only for teenagers after the adult teeth grew into place. Today, braces for adults are common, not only for cosmetic reasons but to treat TMJ disorders. With controlled arch braces and a facial growth approach to treating TMJ disorders and sleep apnea, the focus is becoming more on the full growth of the mouth and airway. So, orthodontics is not just about straight teeth anymore. Orthodontics is part of an overall health strategy for improved airway and straight teeth. At Legends Dental, this is how we can approach braces for you and your family. Please take the time to talk to us about the importance of this new approach when the conversation about braces begins in your home.


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A NOTE TO OUR PATIENTS

The well-being of our patients has always been our top priority!

Legends Dental is following the recommendations of Governor Abbott, Texas State Dental Board, ADA, as well as the CDC. We will be limiting our services effective immediately. Due to recent circumstances and for the safety and well-being of our patients, their families, and our community, we will not be performing any routine or non-urgent dental procedures at this time.

Though our office hours have been temporarily shortened, our team will continue to support anyone who may be experiencing pain and all who require an Emergency Care Visit.

If you are experiencing a dental emergency or having pain, please text our office at (254)776-0691 or call (254)799-9540 so we may get you scheduled as quickly as possible. You can also message us on Facebook.

Examples of urgent dental care treatments include:
Severe dental pain from pulpal inflammation. Surgical postoperative osteitis or dry socket dressing changes. Abscess or localized bacterial infection resulting in localized pain and swelling. Tooth fracture resulting in pain or causing soft tissue trauma. Dental treatment cementation if the temporary restoration is lost, broken or causing gingival irritation. Extensive decay or defective restorations causing pain; suture removal; denture adjustments or repairs when function impeded; and snipping or adjustments of an orthodontic wire causing pain.

Additionally, our team is here to help those affected by cancellations. We will gladly assist with rescheduling to a time that is best for you. If you have an appointment that may be affected, or would like to reschedule regardless, please call (254)799-9540 or text (254)776-0691 so we may accommodate you.

We love all our patients and look forward to being able to serve all of your dental needs as soon as possible!! Thank you for you time and understanding during these circumstances.