Invisalign & Braces | Leander, TX
Strong Options for Every Smile
You’re unique, and at Pendleton Orthodontics, you can find treatment options to meet your goals, budget, and lifestyle. Dr. Pendleton gives patients of all ages personalized treatment and high-tech options.
Our team can help you with many orthodontic issues, like bite problems, tooth alignment, TMJ disorder, and sleep apnea. Dr. Pendleton offers many dental solutions, including braces, Invisalign®, surgical orthodontics, retainers, TADS, and other orthodontic devices.
Invisalign® for Kids, Teens, & Adults
Invisalign‘s personalized orthodontic treatment system straightens your teeth with discretion, precision, and convenience.
Your aligners fit snugly over your teeth to guide them into place with constant, gentle pressure. You'll switch out your aligner for the next in the series to keep your teeth moving in the right direction.
Thanks to state-of-the-art technology, Invisalign can treat most orthodontic issues.
At Pendleton Orthodontics, we offer Invisalign clear aligners to children, teens, and adults so that anyone can get a straighter smile with a more subtle treatment option.
Dr. Ryan has been an Invisalign® provider since before he completed his orthodontic training. He’s treated many adults during his career, along with teens that are interested in Invisalign®.
For eight years, he was fortunate to work at a “Super-Elite” Invisalign® office, which means that they started more Invisalign® cases than over 99% of other treating doctors in the U.S.!
This means he learned to understand and manipulate the Invisalign® appliance more than most other doctors so that his finished cases can be at the highest level. He’s helped more than 1,000 patients using Invisalign and wants to give you the most unbelievable smile you can imagine—without braces.
Metal braces are the most common option for orthodontic treatment around Leander. Traditional braces are strong at treating oral issues ranging from simple to complex, including:
- Open bite
- Wide gaps
The braces that Dr. Pendleton uses are more lightweight and comfortable than ever and can effectively straighten your smile.
Ceramic brackets match the natural shade of your teeth much more closely than any metal option. They're a little more discreet, and Dr. Pendleton will teach you to care for them to avoid staining during treatment.
Clear braces use the same parts as traditional braces, but instead of metal, the brackets on the front side of the teeth are made of see-through ceramic material.
They work the same way as traditional metal braces without the appearance of metal brackets.
A rapid palatal expander (RPE) is an orthodontic appliance that treats malocclusions (bad bites) by slowly increasing the width of the upper jaw.
Treatment with a rapid palatal expander is an easy and tolerable process that can deliver excellent orthodontic results and significantly improve the function and appearance of a smile and bite.
Rapid palatal expanders are most effective in early childhood and before puberty when the two halves that make up the upper jaw are still fusing and are more malleable. At this point in the jaw development, the two bones can be more easily separated, widened, and stabilized.
Dental retainers are most commonly used for post-treatment retention, but they can also help if you:
- Have a sleep disorder, like sleep apnea
- Suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMJD)
- Struggle with biting or chewing
- Breathe through your mouth rather than your nose
- Grind your teeth
- Have crowded or impacted teeth
- Undergo a full smile makeover
Once Dr. Pendleton determines your dental problem, he'll talk to you about your retainer options.
Pendleton Orthodontics offers custom night guards to treat bruxism or teeth grinding symptoms. Dr. Pendleton designs night guards to fit your mouth's unique size and shape.
Your night guard fits like a retainer and is made of high-quality soft or hard plastic that won't irritate your gums.
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders are issues affecting the joints that allow you to bite, speak, clench your jaw, and yawn. TMJ disorders have distinctive symptoms that can come and go or stick around and get worse with time, including:
- Pain near your ears or temples
- Jaw stiffness
- Jaw locking
- Tooth alignment changes
- Clicking or popping sounds when you open or close your mouth
- A grating sensation when you open or close your mouth
- Neck or shoulder pain
Your personalized treatment plan for TMJ disorders might involve:
- Oral splints
- Physical therapy
- Medication management
- Joint injections
- Education about harmful habits, like clenching or bruxism
Surgical orthodontics, or orthognathic surgery, can correct severe skeletal irregularities that affect your face shape or jaw alignment.
Structural irregularities in the jaw may result from congenital disabilities, facial injuries, or environmental or habit-related issues. Here are some signs you might need it:
- A receding or protruding lower jaw
- A receding or protruding upper jaw
- Open bite
- Frequent temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues
- Speech impediments
- Facial asymmetry
- Swallowing issues
- Obstructive sleep apnea and other breathing problems
- Gummy Smile (or Vertical Maxillary Excess)
Pendleton Orthodontics offers stronger teeth whitening products than the products available over the counter.
During your consultation for teeth whitening, Dr. Pendleton takes digital impressions of your teeth to create customized trays for the whitening product.
These trays fit over your teeth perfectly and saturate the product across their surfaces.
You take the whitening trays home and use them according to Dr. Pendleton's instructions.
With your kit, you can whiten your teeth on your own time in the comfort and privacy of your home.
TADs (Temporary Anchorage Devices)
TADs are temporary implants that we use to anchor your orthodontic appliance. The implants are typically made of titanium.
The process involved in implanting a TAD is relatively simple and quick, and we'll take it out when you finish treatment.
TADs make moving teeth much easier for everyone involved, especially you.
A smile makeover combines procedures to give you the most attractive smile possible. The first step is a consultation with Dr. Pendleton. He'll review your dental history and discuss your smile goals to create a customized smile makeover plan.
Smile makeovers typically consist of multiple procedures over several visits to our Leander, TX office. Whatever you need to achieve a more beautiful smile, we'll help you reach that goal!
As an orthodontist, Dr. Pendleton can straighten your teeth, but he cannot significantly change the shape of teeth or help you grow teeth that are missing.
Dr. Ryan works with dentists, periodontists, oral surgeons, and other specialists around Leander to provide comprehensive treatment that meets your needs.
The AcceleDent® device looks like a mouth guard or a traditional retainer, but it does so much more! Wearing AcceleDent® for 20 minutes daily with braces or aligners can help speed up your treatment process.
You'll put the AcceleDent® mouthpiece in and bite down hard enough to start the activator. Leave it in your mouth for 20 minutes, and go ahead with your day. At the end of the 20 minutes, remove the device until you use it again the next day.
Crozats are removable devices that can help straighten your teeth without braces. Although Invisalign is a great tool for most of these situations, some issues are still difficult to correct with Invisalign (such as an impacted tooth). In these cases, Crozats may be the best option.