YOUR TRUSTED ORTHODONTIST IN MEMPHIS FOR BRACES
In more than 35 years of practice providing orthodontist services in Memphis, Dr. Piper has treated every type of malocclusion (when the teeth don’t fit together properly).
If your dentist has suggested your child needs braces, or maybe you’re unhappy with the appearance of your own smile and want to straighten your teeth, the thought of new braces may be overwhelming. Whether it’s navigating appointments, concerns how much braces cost, or weighing all of your orthodontic options, Dr. Piper and the team at Piper Orthodontics work to help a smile you love.
Depending upon the severity of the alignment issue between your upper and lower teeth, comprehensive orthodontic treatment (braces) may take 12, 18, or 24 months. It’s important to find an orthodontist in Memphis who listens to your concerns and delivers an excellent result you want to show off.
Piper Orthodontics offers free consultations to help determine the next step in your braces process and we have offices conveniently located in both Midtown and Cordova. We know that braces are a significant (but worthwhile) investment in your smile so we will also work with you on a payment plan, if needed.
Children’s Braces: When Should Your Child Be Evaluated?
Braces can seem like a rite of passage for many children, but how do you know if and when braces would benefit your child?
According to the American Association of Orthodontics, children should ideally have a preliminary evaluation of their bite, after the first molars erupt, usually around age of seven, to reap the benefits of early evaluation. Orthodontics are not just about appearance, although they can provide quite a confidence boost! Malocclusions make it harder to brush and floss properly which can contribute to tooth decay. And proper dental alignment makes it easier to chew, talk, and bite.
While many parents are sold on the benefits of braces, they may have concerns about scheduling appointments around school. Children may have their own anxiety about having braces. If you’re just starting to explore the possibility of braces, you may find this information on what every parent needs to know about braces helpful.
If your child hasn’t already had an orthodontic evaluation, ours are always free and can help determine how and when your child may benefit from braces.
In his three-plus decades of providing orthodontist services in Memphis, Dr. Piper has extensive experience working with pediatric patients and transforming their growing smiles.
Adult Braces: It’s Never Too Late to Straighten Your Teeth
If you’re an adult considering braces, you’re in good company. It’s becoming increasingly common for adults to seek braces to correct misaligned teeth to improve their smile and prevent related dental issues later in life. In fact, one-in-three orthodontic patients is over the age of 18, according to the American Association of Orthodontics. Social media use, a desire for a more professional appearance, and greater access to information on orthodontics all contribute to the rise in adult orthodontic patients.
There are many options for teeth straightening, including aligners, for patients with minor malocclusion. Dr. Piper and his team can help you determine the right treatment plan to get you the results you’re dreaming of. Regardless of your choice of orthodontic therapy, it’s best to pursue correcting your smile under the direction and care of a trained orthodontist, rather than order a product online that promises a “quick fix” for complex dental issues.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Braces Process
Our frequently asked questions (FAQ) page is a great place to start when learning more about braces. It covers such topics as the different types of braces, the ideal time to begin orthodontic treatment, and the unique terminology around braces.
For those who have already begun orthodontic treatment, our Braces Care page covers all of the conceivable questions and concerns that may come up.
For more information about our specific services see the following pages:
TMJ: A Pain in the Jaw
Dr. Piper treats disorders of the TMJ, temporomandibular jaw, in Memphis. The temporomandibular joint connects the mandible, or lower jaw, to the skull. Disorders of the TMJ interfere with the basic opening and closing movements of the jaw. When this joint isn’t functioning properly, it is a common area for recurring pain and discomfort that can impact your quality of life.
Although many believe that a “popping” sound in the jaw indicates a TMJ dysfunction, this is not always true. Many times, your jaw is functioning properly even if a “popping” sound is present when chewing or talking.
Possible problems include swelling, deterioration of the joint tissue or damaged joint tissue (which cushions the jaw bones during the opening and closing movement of the mouth). Dr. Piper can diagnose and provide relief for the symptoms of TMJ symptoms.
ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS: for more serious cases of TMJ, we will recommend alternate treatments. Often, we will suggest using a splint, made in our own lab, to relieve problems that arise with teeth grinding, also called bruxism. In some instances, we will instruct you to use orthodontic appliances or retainers to alleviate discomfort. For the most severe cases of TMJ, we may recommend a combination of interventions.
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