Braces in Boerne, Tx Orthodontics

There are many patients that spend their lives being self conscious and not smiling because of crooked teeth. They realize that seeking out a good orthodontist would transform their smile, but don’t want the look of metal braces or to spend the amount of time it would take to correct it. We have orthodontic options that can address these concerns and give you that confident smile you have always wanted.

We offer several options for orthodontics: Invisalign , Short Term Orthodontics, & Interceptive Orthodontics


Invisalign is a very straight forward method for straightening teeth without the need for metal wires or brackets. It is as simple as taking very accurate impressions. They are sent to invisalign and scanned into a computer. The computer makes a series of clear mouthpieces, each one being slightly different so that they move the teeth as they are changed out. Call for a complimentary invisalign evaluation 830-249-9300

Short Term Orthodontics:

Before Braces

After - with braces on

Short term orthodontics is for those patients who want to achieve certain cosmetic orthodontic results, but do not want to spend the amount of time that it would take with traditional braces. We use clear braces and tooth colored wires to give a very pleasing cosmetic appearance with the braces on. We use techniques that can shorten the treatment time to as little as six months, rather than years. This is an excellent and affordable orthodontic treatment for those patients who have always wanted to straighten their teeth but were avoiding the metal. Often times patients have been told the only way to straighten their teeth this quickly is to have a lot of crowns and veneers placed. Short term ortho is a great way to avoid a lot of cosmetic work.

Traditional Braces:

Traditional Braces are the brackets and wires used to straighten teeth that most people associate with orthodontics. We typically perform this treatment on our younger patients to straighten their teeth and improve their bite.

Interceptive Orthodontics:

Palatal Expansion Appliance

Early interceptive orthodontic treatment allows us to treat orthodontic problems before the eruption of all of the permanent teeth, or when there are few permanent teeth present. Our goal is to guide the growth of the upper and or lower jaw to make enough space for the eruption of all the permanent teeth. We feel that children should be evaluated by the age of four to see if there is a bone problem (orthopedic) or a tooth problem (orthodontic).

If the patient has a problem such as the upper jaw being too narrow, or an underdeveloped lower jaw, this will require a special appliance called a functional appliance to correct the problem. Minor tooth crowding can also be corrected early on in some instances with these appliances.

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Other benefits of early orthodontic treatment:

  • Improves profiles, smiles and self-esteem
  • Corrects harmful habits, such as thumb sucking and tongue thrusting
  • Functional appliances develop the arches and make more room for the tongue
  • Improves speech
  • Reduces the amount of time spent in fixed braces and frequently eliminates the need for the extraction of permanent teeth
  • Increases nasal breathing which improves health
  • Eliminates airway constriction
  • Creates beautiful broad smiles by developing the arches
  • Eliminates grinding of the teeth at night
  • Prevents headaches and earaches
Dr. Michael A. Hatcher, DMD

Lifetime Dental

The team of caring professionals at Lifetime Dental in Boerne, TX, provides members of our friendly community with the latest proven techniques in modern cosmetic dentistry. Michael A. Hatcher, DMD, is affiliated with prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Texas Dental Association
  • Texas Academy of General Dentistry

To schedule an appointment at our dental office, contact us online or call (830) 249-9300.

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