• Early Treatment
  • Teen Braces
  • Adult Braces
  • Types of Appliances
  • Emergencies
  • FAQ's

Dr. Stacee Burson can prevent severe malocclusion problems from developing in your child’s mouth when she provides early orthodontic prevention. Our orthodontist will prepare your child’s mouth so the permanent teeth have the room to come in evenly. Contact Orthodontics by Dr. Burson if you want to learn more about our early orthodontic treatment in Texarkana, Texas.When your child turns seven-years-old, you may want to bring them to our office for a consultation so we can determine whether they need early orthodontic treatment or not. Also called phase one treatment, early orthodontic treatment is used to correct jaw growth in order to make room for the permanent teeth and prevent more serious malocclusion problems from developing in the future.

Signs that your child needs early orthodontic treatment

How can you tell if your child needs phase one treatment? Here are some common signs:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth (children typically start to lose them at age 5 and will have all of their permanent teeth by age 13)
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Speech impediments
  • Mouth breathing
  • Your child has a thumb-sucking habit after age five
  • Crowded front teeth around age seven
  • Protruding teeth
  • Teeth that don’t come together
  • Shifting jaw when your child opens and closes their mouth (crossbite)

The benefits of early orthodontic treatment

Orthodontic problems like crowded, gapped, crooked, or protruding teeth can develop because of injury, thumb-sucking habits, early or late loss of the primary teeth, or insufficient space in the jaw bone. Most children have all of their permanent teeth erupted by age 13, and their jaw bones will be hardened by the time they become adults. Adults with misaligned jaws and severe malocclusion problems may need to have tooth extractions or oral surgery. However, early orthodontic treatment can prevent the need for these procedures by fixing these problems while the jaw is still growing.

To see if your child needs early orthodontic treatment, schedule a consultation at our office today.

Teenagers don’t need to dread receiving orthodontic care because Dr. Stacee Burson provides several styles, materials, and colors for teen braces. When our orthodontist aligns your crooked teeth, then you can have a beautiful smile that lasts for life. Contact Orthodontics by Dr. Burson today if you want to learn more about our teen braces in Texarkana, Texas.

If you are interested in improving your smile, Dr. Stacee Burson may recommend adult orthodontics. At Burson Orthodontics, we offer aesthetic options as well as traditional metal braces. We welcome you to contact our office today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.


Braces are not just for teens anymore! In fact, about 25% of orthodontic patients are now adults. At our practice, we want you to know that a straight, healthy, beautiful smile is within your reach no matter your age. Dr. Burson offers a number of orthodontic treatments and is happy to help you find the one that matches your personal needs and desires. In addition to traditional metal braces, more discreet options are often available so you can maintain a natural, professional appearance while you straighten your teeth. During your initial visit with our team, we will review all of your treatment options and help you choose the one you need for renewed confidence and optimal results.

Most patients just want a straighter smile that is pleasing to the eye; however, not everyone knows that properly aligned teeth can help to improve your oral health and function as well. Orthodontic treatment can help you avoid severe tooth decay, gum and bone loss, TMJ/TMD pain, and irregular wear of the tooth enamel. Treatment can take years off the look of your face, we call it the Brace Lift!

To learn more about the benefits of adult orthodontic treatment, we welcome you to call or visit us today. We want to accompany you in the journey to achieve a straighter, healthier smile!


We not only offer several different types of braces at Orthodontics by Dr. Burson, but we also provide several other orthodontic appliances. Dr. Stacee Burson uses these devices to aid braces in straightening teeth and improving the health of your mouth. Please call our orthodontist and team today if you would like to learn more about our different types of orthodontic appliances in Texarkana, Texas.

Bite Turbo


Bite turbos are small platforms made of either metal or composite which we will bond onto the back of your front top teeth or the chewing surface of your back molars. These temporary devices prevent your mouth from closing completely until our braces shift your teeth enough to fix your deep bite. Not only do bite turbos protect your teeth from injury, but they may even be able to enhance your orthodontic treatment. Call us today if you want to learn more about the benefits of a bite turbo.

Bite Pads


Bite pads are pieces of plastic restorative material that are glued to the biting surfaces of the back teeth. Bite pads prop the teeth apart so that a patient can't bite the braces off the lower teeth. They also allow for the correction of deep bites and speed up the movement of the teeth at the start of treatment.

Elastics (Rubber Bands)


Elastic bands help to fit your upper and lower teeth in the correct position when you close your mouth. They are a specific force which Dr. Burson will prescribe for you and they are to be worn in a specific way. Wear them as instructed so they can shift your teeth more efficiently.



This headgear alternative is a fatigue-resistant device that promotes growth in teenagers in order to fix an overbite, prevent the need for orthognathic surgery, and improve how the teeth fit together.



Children who have an overbite, underbite, or other problems caused by the skeletal growth of their jaw bones, may need to use headgear. The headgear gently pulls on teeth and restricts the growth of certain areas of the jaw. It is important that you wear the headgear the maximum amount of time as prescribed by Dr. Burson in order to see maximum results.

Palatal Expander


Children can develop crooked teeth if their upper jaw is too narrow for the permanent teeth to erupt into properly. However, a palatal expander uses gentle pressure forces and your childs natural growth process to widen the jaw. This device requires a key to turn which will be given to you when the appliance is placed. Our expertly skilled team will allow you to turn this device in your childs mouth before you leave the office to insure the proper technique is utilized. They will go over the specific instructions for turning according to Dr. Bursons treatment plan.

Spring Retainer


Spring retainers are an option to straighten crowded or crooked front teeth, especially for adults whose teeth tend to move and for children who did not wear their retainers after braces.

Invisible Retainer


Essix retainers are almost invisible and cover the entire arch of the tooth. They are removable and can be made in our office with an impression. You will receive an essix retainer at the end of your orthodontic treatment and it is absolutely necessary for you to wear them as instructed to insure no movement occurs after all the hard work you have put in to your beautiful Burson Smile.

Separators Or Spacers


We place these tiny rubber doughnuts between teeth in order to push them apart. This allows us to bond orthodontic bands during your next appointment, during which we will also remove the separators.


If your braces break or become loose, then we ask that you call Orthodontics by Dr. Burson as soon as possible for emergency orthodontic care. Dr. Stacee Burson will get your straightening treatment back on track by making your braces repair a priority. Call our orthodontist and team at 903-733-3008 if you require emergency orthodontic care in Texarkana, Texas.

If you suffer from severe pain as a result of your braces, then we ask that you visit our office as soon as possible so we can repair the problem. However, you can fix most minor problems yourself, or at least relieve discomfort with temporary repairs.

General Soreness


When you first get braces, then your teeth may feel sore for a few days. You can eat softer foods as a means to prevent discomfort. If you develop sores in your mouth from the rubbing of the brackets, then we suggest that you rinse your mouth with salt water (a teaspoon of salt dissolved in 8 ounces of warm water). We may also recommend a mouthwash for oral sores. Additionally, placing an orthodontic wax over the brackets will help to lessen irritation.

If your teeth feel very tender, then you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever like Acetaminophen (Tylenol). We suggest avoiding the use of Aspirin, Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), and Naproxen Sodium (Naprosyn, Anaprox) because these medications can actually slow tooth movement.



Discomfort usually results if the patient is not wearing the headgear as instructed. The more you wear it, the less it hurts. However, if the facebow (metal piece) is bent, please visit our practice so we can repair it.

Loose Appliance


If part of your appliance is poking you, then place orthodontic wax over it until we can fix the problem.

Loose Bracket


If the bracket is still attached to the wire, then leave it in place. You can cover it with wax if it starts to irritate your oral tissues. If the bracket is easily removed from the wire, then place it in a plastic bag and bring it with you to your next appointment.

Loose Wire


Unfortunately, putting wax over the end of a loose wire doesn’t help because it usually cannot stay in place. We suggest using tweezers or needle-nose pliers to carefully put the wire back in place. You can then use a piece of floss to tie it in place to a bracket. As a last resort, use fingernail clippers to trim the wire behind the last tooth it is securely fastened to.

Pocking Wire


Use the eraser end of a pencil to pushing the wire down, or simply cover it with orthodontic wax.


Why see an orthodontist?

Teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. It is important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed. Orthodontic specialists have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatments.

When is the best age to visit an orthodontist?

Children who are seven-years-old should visit Burson Orthodontics, as recommended by the American Association of Orthodontist, for a complimentary exam. Dr. Stacee Burson will determine if they require early orthodontic treatment in order to fix alignment problems and prevent future ones from becoming more severe. However, we see patients of all ages at our offices, including adults who want to have a straight smile.

Do braces hurt?

Your mouth may feel sore for a couple of days after you first receive braces and after tightening appointments. However, this discomfort is minimal and can be relieved with over-the-counter pain medication.

How long do I have to wear braces?

Our orthodontist in Texarkana, Texas, will determine your treatment time based on the severity of your alignment problems. Treatment can last from 6-30 months, but it typically takes about 22 months. Dr. Burson offers Accelerated Treatment which cuts your original treatment time by 30 - 50%. If you are interested in Accelerated Treatment just call our office to make an appointment today.

Do I still need to see a dentist every six months if I have braces?

Dr. Burson does not take the place of your dentist. She works in conjunction with your dentist to ensure that you get the very best oral care. Routine cleanings with a dentist become even more important while you are wearing braces because your teeth are harder to clean. Visits to the dentist can also help to prevent decalcification from developing on the teeth in the areas around your brackets.

Do braces interfere with activities like sports, playing an instrument, or singing?

You may experience a period of adjustment when you first receive braces, but your braces should not prevent you from playing an instrument and singing. If you play a sport, then we recommend wearing a mouth guard in order to protect your braces and your teeth. We have mouth guards available in a variety of school colors that are specifically designed for patients with braces.

How do you take care of your teeth if you are wearing braces or a retainer?

  • ALWAYS remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day.
  • Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride.
  • If you take out your retainer to eat and to drink anything other than water as this might tint the retainer and make sure you brush your teeth, floss, and remember to keep it safe in its container so that it does not get lost or broken.
  • Keep your retainer clean, too, by brushing it gently with a toothbrush(soft bristles) never use whitening toothpaste or bleach. This can cause cloudiness. You may also soak it in denture cleaner. Do not put your retainer in boiling water or in the dishwasher.
  • During your treatment, try to avoid foods with lots of sugar, which increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth, causing more plaque and possible cavities.
  • Avoid sticky and chewy foods (caramel, chewing gum, gummy bears) hard foods (hard candy, nuts, ice cubes) or any foods that could possibly get stuck in your braces (corn on the cob, soft bagels, ribs, taffy, etc.).

How do I schedule my next appointment?

Super easy! Just call our Scheduling Coordinator and she will be happy to help find a time that is right for you! If you are a new patient or have been referred to our practice, please let her know and we will provide you with all the information you need.

How often will I see Dr. Burson?

Dr. Burson has a specific treatment plan for you and is typically between 6 and 8 week intervals. This is am important part of your treatment. We understand that life happens! If youre running late or have an emergency and need to reschedule just contact our practice and we will be glad to reschedule for a better time.

What if a wire is loose or a bracket is moving around?

You may use a tweezer and try to put your wire back into place. If doing this and using wax does not help then you may contact our emergency number 903-733-3008 and a skilled assistant will help you ASAP!

Do you give Shots?

No, shots are not necessary for orthodontics. We do not give shots or extract teeth at our office.

Can I go to school or work the day I get my braces?

Yes, there is no reason to miss any school or work after an orthodontic appointment.