Oral Appliances in The Woodlands, TX

Braces and Invisalign® are significant treatments in orthodontics, but they aren’t the only ones. Oral appliances like expanders are effective orthodontic tools we use for creating better smiles. They can prevent extractions of permanent teeth and lessen the need of lengthy orthodontic treatments for our patients. Our orthodontic approach goes beyond one-size-fits all braces. For comprehensive and personalized treatment, Woodlands Village Braces is a trusted ally in achieving a more confident smile.


Our Approach to Better Orthodontics

The philosophy of some practitioners is that crowded teeth must be extracted to create room for effective orthodontic treatment. This often means removing permanent teeth before beginning treatment, and might include a healing period before applying orthodontics.


As a response to extraction methods, Dr. Pettey designed his approach around preserving your teeth for a broader smile and aesthetic facial profile. Using oral appliances to expand the upper and lower arches, we can create more room across the palate before orthodontic treatment to prevent extraction and improve smiles. Our oral appliance approach helps patients straighten their smile without excess discomfort and inconvenience by taking advantage of the full range of orthodontic tools.


Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment 

Children with severe crowding benefit the most from two phases of treatment. Phase 1 orthodontic treatment, also known as early orthodontic intervention, begins when children still have their baby teeth. The goal is to expand the mouth for adequate tooth eruption and prepare them for a simpler braces treatment in phase two.


To achieve this, specially designed appliances are often cemented in the mouth for short periods of time to achieve the goals of phase 1 treatment. Once their permanent teeth have developed, we can proceed with aligning their smile without extractions and often with shorter treatment times.


Arch Expanders

Arch expanders offer a gentle and effective solution for aligning teeth and enhancing overall oral harmony. These appliances work by applying gradual pressure to the upper or lower dental arch, creating additional space and encouraging proper alignment of teeth. This not only aids in resolving crowding and misalignment issues but also contributes to a healthier bite and improved facial symmetry.


Arch expanders are particularly advantageous for children during their formative years. In adult treatment, while growth is no longer a factor, arch expanders can still play a pivotal role in addressing specific alignment concerns. At Woodlands Village Braces, we’ll make the best recommendation based on each patient’s needs to ensure optimal dental health and a confident smile.


We Make Straight Smiles Simple

Ready to explore the transformative potential of arch expanders and other cutting-edge oral appliances? At Woodlands Village Braces, we’re here to guide you towards a healthier, more harmonious smile. Whether you’re considering orthodontic treatment for your child’s growing needs or seeking personalized solutions as an adult, our dedicated team is eager to collaborate with you. Contact us today at (832) 536-6718 to schedule a consultation and discover how our expertise can unlock the full potential of your smile.

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