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Welcome to Del Rio Orthodontics

Everyone wants an attractive smile–and everyone ought to have a healthy one. That’s why othodontists do more than just straighten crooked teeth.

They possess expertise to correct irregularities of the bite and facial structures in the mouth and jaw area. The goal of orthodontic treatment is to achieve balance and harmony between the teeth and face for a lifetime of beautiful, healthy smiles.

It takes special training to become an orthodontist. In addition to receiving a dental degree, an individual must have at least two continuous years of advanced study in orthodontics as required by the American Dental Association. Only those who complete such a program are eligible for membership in the American Association of Orthodontists. Dr. Wayne A. Casson has successfully met these requirements and is a participating member of the American Association of Orthodontists.

What types of braces are there?

The usual braces can be obtained either as fixed or detachable.

Fixed tooth position
Fixed tooth position is also called “rail”. At this tooth position, brackets (small plates) are bonded to metal or ceramic on the teeth. A metal wire is inserted through the bracket so that pressure is transferred to the teeth and legs. In this way the teeth can be straightened up, turned and moved back and forth.

Detachable braces
A removable braces is provided with metal anchors or simple metal hooks, so you can insert and remove it. The removable racks are used in several different cases:

Pump-type screwdrivers are used to expand for small toothed racks (expansion rails).
Retention plates are used to sleep at night after treatment with fixed teeth.
In the case of skewed bites (crossbones and scissors), these plates are used for the most part to correct teeth during sleep.

We also serve our large norwegian community with our very own norwegian dentist Kare Andersen.  She specializes in and has brought with her the knowledge of braces from Norway, the number one country in the world for braces. We are very thankful!

When should I have braces?

A dentist recommends a braces if you have an incorrect or obscene bite. The following situations are usually corrected with the dental position:

Strong spreading of the teeth, usually due to missing one or more permanent teeth (aplasia) (see Figure 1).
Severe congestion in the teeth (very oblique) (see Figure 2). It is difficult to maintain optimal oral hygiene and thus a greater likelihood of developing periodontal disease.
Big open bett, where the chew function and betting function are very impaired.
Very deep bite, where the teeth bite on the gums behind the front teeth and thereby cause damage (see Figure 3).
Heavily overbetted.
Heavily understated, also known as “bulldog teeth”.
In case of improper betting.