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Orthodontics: Putting Teeth in the Right Place

Teeth can be crowded and all squished together. They can also be far apart with big gaps. Some teeth lean over or are twisted and turning. Teeth end up in the wrong place and in funny positions for many reasons. The good news is that orthodontic dentistry is moving teeth in amazing ways to put them exactly where they need to be.

Not Just Cosmetics: Straight = Healthier

Most people want ?straighter? teeth because straighter teeth look better. Everyone wants a beautiful smile. However, getting straighter teeth is not just about beauty and looking better. Straighter teeth are healthier teeth. Teeth that are crowded or angled irregularly easily catch food and trap plaque leading more quickly to tooth decay and periodontal disease. Teeth that aren?t in the correct position also hit against the opposite teeth in an unbalanced way and lead to premature tooth wear, cracks and broken teeth. Teeth that are too long or too short are often that way because of an imbalanced bite, which means that fixing the tooth length involves fixing root problems and preventing jaw and tooth complications later on. None of the issues caused by crooked teeth are urgent, ?fix me this minute!? kind of problems like a toothache or an abscess, but they are issues that cause continual dental problems throughout life if not fixed.

Before and After Invisalign Smiles by Dr. Bec

Invisalign vs. Braces

More and more patients and doctors are opting for Invisalign to straighten teeth versus regular braces. What?s the difference and how do you know what?s right for you??

Invisalign:

What?s Invisalign? Imagine your smile with beautifully straight teeth. Now imagine creating that smile without a mouthful of pokey brackets and wires – That?s Invisalign.

Invisalign straightens teeth using clear plastic aligners. It?s practically invisible (hence the name) and much more comfortable than have metal in your mouth. Invisalign is fast and easy.

Our patients also Invisalign because having removable trays makes it so much easier to thoroughly clean your teeth during treatment. Clean teeth are especially important during orthodontic treatment because stuff left behind can cause cavities and ?orthodontic spots,? the whitish spots of weakened tooth that appear on people?s enamel if they don?t clean their teeth well enough. Brackets and wires make cleaning teeth tricky and time consuming. With Invisalign, you can brush and floss like normal! ?

Invisalign has the additional advantages of being less expensive typically than traditional braces and requiring fewer trips to the dentist. Our patients who live outside San Antonio love that Invisalign doesn?t require constant wire-changing appointments.

So if it?s so great, why doesn?t everyone use it?

Until recently, Invisalign could only handle more basic teeth straightening. Thankfully, advanced new Invisalign technology means it?s now being used successfully to straighten more complicated crooked teeth issues like you see in our patients? photos here. More and more patients are benefiting from the convenience and comfort of Invisalign; however, limitations remain for extremely complicated cases. Getting the best result requires using the correct treatment. If you need braces, but choose Invisalign, you won?t get ideal results.

How can you know if you need braces? First of all, the dentist should tell you! Second, Invisalign creates a simulated before and after for every patient. If you don?t like what you see, you can ask for modifications or choose braces. We work with phenomenal orthodontists in the San Antonio area who are masters at taking completely complicated cases and turning them into straight smiling sweetness!

Because Invisalign success depends on wearing the aligners for enough hours every day, it isn?t a great treatment for children or young adults who might struggle to remember to wear the trays after each meal. We don?t recommend Invisalign for kids under the age of 12 and we consider early teens on a case by case basis. Invisalign is the perfect option for people who will wear the aligners consistently and who can?t or don?t want to spend months of their life dealing with brackets and wires.

To see more of our patients beautiful Invisalign smiles click here.

Before Invisalign
After Invisalign by Dr. Bec

Braces:

Braces are much less comfortable than clear aligners and often cause mouth sores and ulcers in addition to the pain of moving teeth. Braces can also be more expensive than Invisalign and require more maintenance and more appointments. However, there are some cases that can only be treated by traditional brackets and wires. In advanced cases when teeth need to be pulled down a good distance or rotated and turned, it becomes necessary to use wires instead of aligners. In our office, case selection is critical. When a case requires braces, we refer out to an orthodontist who specializes in complex tooth movement to insure that the patient gets the results they need.

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Friendly and Courteous Service

Dr Bec and his staff are Awesome. Dr. Bec's patience and understanding help the patient relax prior to to procedure. Friendly and courteous service always.

Irma Y.

Alamo Dental Health
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2019-03-19T19:24:25-05:00

Irma Y.

Dr Bec and his staff are Awesome. Dr. Bec's patience and understanding help the patient relax prior to to procedure. Friendly and courteous service always.

Enjoyable Experience

My first time to have dental work done outside of a traditional cleaning. Dr. Beck's professionalism and expertise made it a very enjoyable experience. His front desk staff is always welcoming to each patient. I highly recommend for all dental necessities.

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Alamo Dental Health
5
2019-03-19T19:25:28-05:00

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My first time to have dental work done outside of a traditional cleaning. Dr. Beck's professionalism and expertise made it a very enjoyable experience. His front desk staff is always welcoming to each patient. I highly recommend for all dental necessities.

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Awesome friendly staff. Everything was explained step by step. Katie and Alex made me feel comfortable they made sure all my questions were answered. Dr Bec, the best dentist I have ever had. I will highly recommend this awesome place to friends and family.

Amalia R.

Alamo Dental Health
5
2019-03-19T19:21:53-05:00

Amalia R.

Awesome friendly staff. Everything was explained step by step. Katie and Alex made me feel comfortable they made sure all my questions were answered. Dr Bec, the best dentist I have ever had. I will highly recommend this awesome place to friends and family.

Straightforward and Knowledgable

Dr. Bec was very friendly and answered all my questions in a straightforward manner, so it was one of the few times I didn't feel awkward about asking about my dental concerns. The staff was very friendly also.
I would highly recommend giving this place a try if you are on the hunt (like I was) for a new dentist.

Janessa Z.

Alamo Dental Health
5
2019-03-19T19:26:12-05:00

Janessa Z.

Dr. Bec was very friendly and answered all my questions in a straightforward manner, so it was one of the few times I didn't feel awkward about asking about my dental concerns. The staff was very friendly also. I would highly recommend giving this place a try if you are on the hunt (like I was) for a new dentist.

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Dr Bec truly cares about his patients. I am treated like family, which is something you do not experience much anymore. I would never consider going anywhere else.

Steve A.

Alamo Dental Health
5
2019-03-19T19:15:23-05:00

Steve A.

Dr Bec truly cares about his patients. I am treated like family, which is something you do not experience much anymore. I would never consider going anywhere else.

Knowledgeable and Nice People

I'd like to recommend Dr. John Bec and his entire staff for one of the best patient experiences that I've ever had. I was in for an emergency with an acute pain on my teeth and they treated me immediately. I was also impressed with the systematization of their processes, which I'm sure, contributed to the excellent service. 2 thumbs up for these knowledgeable and nice people!

Maria B.

Alamo Dental Health
5
2019-02-06T21:53:59-06:00

Maria B.

I'd like to recommend Dr. John Bec and his entire staff for one of the best patient experiences that I've ever had. I was in for an emergency with an acute pain on my teeth and they treated me immediately. I was also impressed with the systematization of their processes, which I'm sure, contributed to the excellent service. 2 thumbs up for these knowledgeable and nice people!

Staff is Awesome

Staff is awesome! Dr. Bec is a NERD!! In a good way of course, as you would want all your doctors to be. Everyone who works here is so friendly and are very patient in answering my 1000 questions. I'm looking forward to seeing my new and improved smile at the end of my treatment :)

Jazz C.

Alamo Dental Health
5
2019-03-19T19:28:22-05:00

Jazz C.

Staff is awesome! Dr. Bec is a NERD!! In a good way of course, as you would want all your doctors to be. Everyone who works here is so friendly and are very patient in answering my 1000 questions. I'm looking forward to seeing my new and improved smile at the end of my treatment :)

Extremely Friendly Staff

Extremely friendly staff! I went in for an exam and cleaning. I am very pleased with my experience from start to finish. Liz did the cleaning on my teeth. I have anxiety around cleanings, she made sure I was comfortable the entire time. She kept a conversation going, it completely eased my anxiety. Thank you!

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Alamo Dental Health
5
2019-03-19T19:20:09-05:00

Jamie J.

Extremely friendly staff! I went in for an exam and cleaning. I am very pleased with my experience from start to finish. Liz did the cleaning on my teeth. I have anxiety around cleanings, she made sure I was comfortable the entire time. She kept a conversation going, it completely eased my anxiety. Thank you!

Extremely Professional

Had both upper and lower all-on-4 fixtures done. Dr. Bec and his staff are extremely professional and friendly. Best dental experience I've ever had and worth every penny.

Allen

Alamo Dental Health
5
2019-03-19T19:19:28-05:00

Allen

Had both upper and lower all-on-4 fixtures done. Dr. Bec and his staff are extremely professional and friendly. Best dental experience I've ever had and worth every penny.

Friendly and Caring

Dr. Bec and everyone else at this office are both friendly and caring! I had major problems and required my upper teeth to be pulled and implants to be installed along with an attached upper denture to be fitted. It was quite a process and they took care of me from beginning to end with no complaints from me! They were incredible and I have nothing but good things to say about all of them! Dr Bec will be my dentist for life! Thank you all very much for the smile you gave back to me!

David M.

Alamo Dental Health
5
2019-03-19T19:22:26-05:00

David M.

Dr. Bec and everyone else at this office are both friendly and caring! I had major problems and required my upper teeth to be pulled and implants to be installed along with an attached upper denture to be fitted. It was quite a process and they took care of me from beginning to end with no complaints from me! They were incredible and I have nothing but good things to say about all of them! Dr Bec will be my dentist for life! Thank you all very much for the smile you gave back to me!
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