Orthodontic Services in Las Cruces
Desert Orthodontics provides orthodontic services in Las Cruces, NM. Call 575-521-0900 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Orthodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on the way the teeth and jaws are aligned. While most people think of orthodontic treatment as a way to improve their smile, orthodontics also improves your overall oral health. Straighter teeth are easier to keep clean, which means a lower risk of tooth decay and gum disease; a proper bite prevents wear on your teeth that can lead to breakage.
Our orthodontic services include:
Braces use a system of brackets and wires to gently push and pull your teeth into proper alignment. They are the most popular choice with our patients because they’re an effective treatment option for a wide range of orthodontic issues, including overbites, underbites, cross-bites, and open bites. We offer both traditional metal braces, which are made with stainless steel, and clear braces, a more discreet option with ceramic brackets that blend in with your teeth.
For patients who don't want to draw attention to the fact that they’re undergoing orthodontic treatment, Invisalign is an excellent choice. We offer Invisalign options for children, teens, and adults. All three of these solutions are convenient, comfortable, and virtually invisible.
Orthodontic treatment is divided into two phases, with the first phase being interceptive orthodontics. The purpose of interceptive orthodontics is to influence the growth of the jaw to prevent orthodontic problems and ensure that there’s enough room for all of a child’s adult teeth to erupt when the time comes.
Many of our patients choose to have teeth whitening treatments after their orthodontic treatment is complete, but if your child is a patient at our practice, you might decide to treat yourself to a whiter smile while you’re bringing them in for their orthodontic adjustments! Our professional-grade whitening treatments are faster and more effective than the products you can purchase online and in stores.
We have our own in-house lab, so we can provide same-day appliances in case of orthodontic emergencies. If you need urgent care, call our office and we’ll make arrangements to see you as soon as we can.
Frequently Asked Questions About Orthodontics
What is the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?
Dentists and orthodontists both earn a DDS or DMD degree from dental school, but only orthodontists go on to receive an additional 2–3 years of training and education focusing on the correction of misaligned teeth and jaws. This means orthodontists are the best choice for braces, Invisalign, and other orthodontic treatments.
What procedures do orthodontists perform?
Orthodontists focus on treatments that bring the teeth and jaws into proper alignment, including braces, Invisalign, interceptive orthodontics, and retainers to maintain the results of orthodontic treatment.
Are braces orthodontics?
Yes, braces are a type of orthodontic appliance.
Can an orthodontist remove teeth?
No, orthodontists do not remove teeth, but Dr. Pardo may recommend that you have one or more teeth removed if your teeth are crowded. If your dentist isn’t able to perform the needed extractions, we can provide a referral to an oral surgeon.
What is the best age for orthodontic treatment?
Instead of using age to determine when orthodontic treatment is needed, we look at the development of the jaw and teeth. It’s recommended that all children see an orthodontist around the age of 7 for an evaluation; in some cases, we will start interceptive orthodontics at this time, but more often, we’ll simply monitor your child’s development to decide when the time is right to begin treatment.
Call 575-521-0900 to learn more and schedule your appointment.