Family and Cosmetic Dentist located in Abilene, TX

About Orthodontics

Crooked or misaligned teeth can be painful and negatively affect your smile’s appearance. At Morris Dental Associates in Abilene, Texas, family and cosmetic dentist Amy Morris, DDS, and her exceptional team offer braces and other orthodontics treatments for children, teenagers, and adults. Schedule an appointment by phone or request one online today to achieve a beautiful smile. 

Orthodontics Q&A

What is orthodontics care?

Orthodontics treatments at Morris Dental Associates use braces to move crooked or misaligned teeth into a desirable alignment, improving the function and appearance of patients’ smiles. Dr. Morris is highly skilled at orthodontics evaluations and treatments. She encourages children as young as 7 years old to be evaluated for their future orthodontic journeys.

What are the benefits of orthodontics care?

The advantages of orthodontics treatments at Morris Dental Associates include:

  • Gorgeous smile
  • Straighter teeth
  • Improved bite
  • Easier chewing
  • Reduced jaw discomfort
  • Clearer speech
  • Greater self-confidence 

The Morris Dental Associates team provides an array of orthodontic treatments for patients of all ages.

Who is a candidate for orthodontics evaluations?

Have your child evaluated at age 7 for orthodontics care or earlier if they have a concern before that age. Signs of potential problems include a protruding jaw, crowded teeth, difficulty biting or chewing, or finger or thumb sucking.

Dr. Morris evaluates your child’s teeth and bite, examines their mouth, and looks at the results of their dental X-rays to establish if or when they’re a candidate for orthodontics treatment.

Which orthodontics services are available?

Morris Dental Associates offers the following orthodontics solutions:


Braces move crooked teeth into their ideal position using metal wires and brackets. Dr. Morris periodically tightens the braces until treatment is complete. Various colors and styles are available to choose from.

Fixed space maintainers

If your child loses their baby teeth too early, Dr. Morris can insert a fixed space maintainer to hold the open space for an underlying permanent tooth to erupt, preventing tooth crowding.

Palatal expanders

If you or your child has a narrow pallet in the upper jaw, Dr. Morris uses a palatal expander that sits on top of your upper jaw and places pressure on the palate to widen it. You can use a tiny key to tighten the expander daily for a specified period of time.

Rubber bands

Some patients with braces wear rubber bands to draw the bottom jaw forward. They can choose the color of rubber bands they desire. 


After orthodontic treatment is complete, Dr. Morris creates a retainer to keep the teeth from shifting out of their new alignment.

How long do orthodontics treatments last?

The length of orthodontics treatment depends on your unique situation, but many patients wear braces for 1-2 years. Dr. Morris tells you what to expect and how long your treatment should last.

Schedule an orthodontics evaluation at Morris Dental Associates by calling the office or using the online booking feature today.