Here at Houston Orthodontics, we strive to provide the highest quality of orthodontic care to our patients in and around the Houston, Texas area. We know what a significant difference in health and self-esteem a beautiful smile can make, which is why we are dedicated to giving each of our patients the beautiful, straight smile they deserve!
We feature a comprehensive set of orthodontic options, from traditional systems like metal and ceramic brackets to, self-ligating braces, and the revolutionary Invisalign system (featuring our in house iTero scanner), to ensure that we have an orthodontic solution that will be perfect for you, regardless of your age or orthodontic needs.
New Patient Information
New Patient Forms
Our Treatment Process
YOUR INITIAL PROCEDURE
PRIOR TO YOUR VISIT
Prior to your visit we request that you fill out the online New Patient Information forms, which will save you time at the office and make the appointment go smoothly.
Please also provide us your complete dental insurance information (if you have any coverage) so that we may verify your insurance benefits prior to your coming into the office.
This will help us provide you the accurate treatment cost.
You may access the following forms to assist us with your care. Please complete the following forms and click the submit button at the bottom of the form:
**Your privacy is very important to us. We are committed to keeping your personal information secure. All of our online forms are submitted via a secure connection and are HIPAA compliant using password protection.**
YOUR INITIAL CONSULTATION
Your initial appointment will consist of a complete thorough examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. This important visit will give us insight into your orthodontic needs and find the best treatment options to meet your needs.
- We will review your dental and medical history records.
- We know your time is valuable, so to expedite treatment, we perform an oral exam for a complete diagnostic record, including X-rays, intra-oral pictures and/or spacers if needed.
- We will create a customized treatment plan suited to your personal needs.
- Our treatment coordinator will then discuss treatment options, time frames and financial arrangements including interest-free payment plans.
During the initial examination for each patient, Dr. Arguello will address the following questions that cover the basics of orthodontic treatment. We encourage you to ask questions as well.
- Is there a condition that orthodontics can address?
- Is treatment needed now or should treatment be delayed until appropriate growth, tooth eruption or other factors have occurred?
- What treatment procedures will be used to correct the problem?
- Do any permanent teeth need to be removed?
- How long will treatment take?
AFTER INITIAL CONSULTATION
Once your initial consultation is done, we will schedule your first appointment to place your appliance. This appointment takes about an hour.
We want to make sure that your appliance fits right and sits comfortably.
Your appointments are about six to ten weeks apart. It is essential to attend your scheduled appointments to get the most benefit from your treatment.
We will always schedule the appointment at your convenience.
There are situations when you are:
- Running late – please let us know as quickly as possible to reschedule your appointment.
- If you cannot attend an appointment, please let us know at least 24 hours before your scheduled appointment.
When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. The retention phase lasts a lifetime.
Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far.
Remember to remove your retainer before brushing, and brush your retainer before placing it back in your mouth.
Our treatment coordinator will discuss treatment options, time frames and financial arrangements including interest-free payment plans.
We will answer any additional questions you may have.
Dr. Arguello is not willing to let finances stand in the way of your treatment. It is our mission to provide you with affordable treatment that fits your budget! The cost for services depends upon the type and duration of treatment required. We will give you the exact cost for treatment once the doctor has actually examined you or your child. At the initial appointment, we will discuss the exact cost and the various flexible financing options we offer to meet the needs of your budget.
Charges are payable at the time of service. Visa, MasterCard and Discover are acceptable forms of payment. Please ask us about financing options available through CareCredit, as well as our interest-free installments with flexible down payments. Discounts are also available.
We participate with many insurance companies, and are considered a preferred provider for:
- Delta Dental
- Blue Cross / Blue Shield
- United Healthcare
- United Concordia
If your insurance covers orthodontic treatment, you will receive the benefit of reduced personal costs. Many insurance policies have a lifetime orthodontic benefit that is distinct from regular dental insurance. Remember that insurance policies vary, and we will review your insurance to determine the appropriate course of action. Once treatment has started, we will file claims on your behalf.
To help us with your insurance filing, please complete the insurance questions on our questionnaire.
Office Emergency Phone Number: 832-910-7889
At first, having orthodontic treatment may take a little getting used to. It isn’t uncommon to experience a bit of soreness when appliances are first put on, or some minor aches as teeth begin moving into new positions. Yet it’s comforting to know that genuine orthodontic emergencies are rare.
If you think you may have an emergency, however, the first step is to determine the severity of the problem: Is it an urgent situation that requires immediate attention, or a minor problem that you can take care of yourself, temporarily, until you can come in to our office?
While actual emergencies are rare, our goal is to make orthodontic treatment as comfortable as possible. If you need additional advice, don’t hesitate to call us!
A Major Emergency
There are only a few true orthodontic (or dental) emergencies. They include:
- Trauma or injury to the teeth, face or mouth
- Infection or swelling of the gums, mouth or face
- Severe, unmanageable discomfort or pain in these areas
In any of these situations, you should seek help as soon as possible — go to an emergency room, if that’s your best option. Generally, however, the place to start is with your regular dentist. Remember that he or she is trained to handle a range of dental problems, and can most likely offer the necessary diagnostic tools, anesthetics and treatments you need. If, for example, you have a fractured tooth, your dentist will treat the immediate problem and arrange for the tooth’s restoration; afterwards your orthodontic treatment plan can be adjusted as needed. Likewise, severe pain or swelling could be a sign of infection or disease, which a dentist or periodontist is best able to treat.
Some Minor Troubles
Fortunately, the vast majority of orthodontic problems are minor compared to these situations — but they may still cause discomfort or irritation. In general, it’s best to try and soothe the immediate cause of the discomfort, and then call our office to schedule an appointment; that way, we can allot sufficient time to take care of you. Here are a few of the more common orthodontic problems, along with some tips on what you can do to relieve them at home:
Loose or broken brackets, bands or wires
This problem is often caused by eating hard or sticky candy or food, or playing with the braces. If the band or bracket is still attached to the wire, leave it as is — but don’t connect any elastics to it! You can cover it with orthodontic wax if it’s irritating the inside of your mouth. If it has come off, save it. In either case, call our office to let us know what happened, and we will schedule a visit. Be sure to bring any loose parts with you to the appointment!
Misplaced or poking archwire, bracket or tie
As the teeth start to move, the wire that connects them (archwire) may begin poking near the back of the mouth or irritating the cheeks. You can try moving the wire into a better position with a pencil eraser or a Q-Tip. If the wire won’t move, you may be able to cut the end off with a nail clipper sterilized in alcohol — but before doing so, please call our office for our guidance or instructions. Often, you can also use tweezers to gently move a misplaced wire or a tie that’s causing problems.
When wires or brackets cause irritation, covering the metal parts with wax will often help ease the discomfort. As with any of these types of problems, call our office and we’ll schedule a time to see you.
General tooth pain or loosening
It’s normal for teeth to become slightly loosened during orthodontic treatment — that shows they’re moving! Sometimes, this movement may be accompanied by tenderness, especially after braces are placed or adjusted. For minor soreness, you can use your regular over-the-counter pain reliever. A twice-a-day salt-water rinse may also help: Mix one teaspoon of salt in an 8-ounce glass of warm water, and rinse for 30 seconds. A warm washcloth or heating pad placed on the outside of the jaw can also offer some relief.
YOUR CHOICES OF BRACES
Metal braces are the most common type. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. Today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive.
Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with adult patients, due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.
Self-ligating braces utilize sliding-door technology known as “self-ligation” that allows the wire to slide back and forth within the bracket. No elastic or steel ties are used with these brackets. This technology creates less friction and results in greater comfort for the patient.
The Invisalign® System is a series of clear overlay templates—called aligners—that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move the teeth. This system is available to adult patients with certain orthodontic bite problems. Ask us if you are a candidate for the Invisalign® system.
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“I love Houston Orthodontics. I love the warm and friendly smiles even as i sat there and cried lol. They work with you in every way. I have already referred one person and will continue to do so. Braces are off and my smile is great. :)”
“Houston Orthodontics is awesome! Dr. Arguello or Dr. A as we call him, is extremely nice and funny. Love his friendly staff too! You will never have to wait more than 5-10 minutes in the waiting area to see Dr. A. I would highly recommend Houston Orthodontics to anyone.”
“Houston orthodontics is the best !!!! I was so scared of going to the dentist as a child as soon as I walked in the door i felt very comfortable and welcomed.The staff is very friendly. Totally recommend it !!!!!!!!!!!!!”
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