A Quick Guide to Cosmetic Orthodontics

woman showing her tooth colored fillingsWhen you look in the mirror and examine your smile, how does it make you feel? Are there some minor things you would like to change? Maybe if your front teeth were just a little more aligned you would feel more confident in social situations; or quite possibly you have wished for straighter teeth your entire life. Cosmetic orthodontics can help solve these problems, and more, through various treatment options that will help you achieve the beautiful, youthful, smile of your dreams. (more…)

True/False Quiz About Crooked Teeth

quiz about crooked teethIf you wore braces as a child, then you’re probably familiar with the complications that can arise from crooked teeth. As an older teen or adult with crooked teeth, however, the prospect of metal braces may trump any warnings about not straightening your teeth. If you’re considering straighter teeth to improve your confidence in your smile, then wearing metal braces can seem contradictory to your goal. Unfortunately, straight teeth are more than a mere cosmetic concern.   (more…)

FAQs: Do You Need Invisalign?

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If you have uneven teeth, then you understand how misalignment can make one feel self-conscious or even lead to discomfort. In order to straighten your teeth, you will need orthodontic treatment. In recent years, Invisalign has become a popular choice for addressing alignment issues. Do you need Invisalign? Who qualifies for this unique and innovative treatment?

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Creating Accurate Impressions with iTero

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Do you have uneven teeth? If so, you’re probably aware of the negative impact misalignment can have on the health and appearance of your smile. In order to improve your oral health, you will need orthodontic treatment. In the past, this process always included impressions taken using a sticky substance. Now, advanced technology allows orthodontists to take clean, easy digital impressions.

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The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Brackets

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Even with misalignment, some people are still hesitant to address the issue with braces. Many worry about the affect wearing metal braces will have on their professional appearance. While Invisalign offers an esthetically pleasing alternative, not everyone qualifies for this option. For the rest, we offer a potential solution with barely noticeable tooth-colored brackets.

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FAQs: Why Does My Jaw Pop and Click?

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Do you notice a popping or clicking in your jaw? Are you wondering: “Why does my jaw pop or click?” If so, then you may be one of the over ten million Americans who experience the symptoms of TMJ disorder. Also known as TMD or TMJ dysfunction, this widespread disorder can lead to uncomfortable symptoms and affect your bite. Fortunately, orthodontic treatment is available for patients who endure TMJ-related problems.

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Common Questions About Invisalign: Answered

smileglassessweaterIf you have decided it’s time to straighten your smile with Invisalign, you probably feel overjoyed at the prospect of your future, beautifully aligned grin. However, a variety of questions may be creeping into your mind, causing you to second guess your decision that initially sounded like such a wonderful plan. Rather than miss out on the advantages of this orthodontic option, we hope you will consider the following questions and answers that we commonly receive from patients. By learning more about the details regarding clear braces, you will have an easier time confidently saying, “yes” to treatment:

Your Questions About Invisalign

Question: How do you create the trays?

Answer: We will design your trays using 3D imaging software. A skilled technician at a certified Invisalign lab will then use that design to create a series of plastic trays that you will wear throughout the course of your treatment, graduating from one to the next.

Question: Is the plastic safe for daily wear?

Answer: Yes. The trays are made out of clear, smooth, BPA-free plastic. You can safely wear them for an extended period of time and can expect limited irritation, if any at all.

Question: Will I need to wear the aligner trays all day every day?

Answer: You will need to wear your Invisalign treatment for the majority of the day but not all day. We suggest that you wear the trays for a total of 20 to 22 hours each day for effective treatment. This provides you with ample time to remove the trays to eat or to care for your smile.

Question: Are clear braces much more expensive than traditional metal braces?

Answer: In most cases, Invisalign costs are in line with those of conventional braces, so you can expect to make a similar investment.

Question: Will clear braces work for my type of malocclusion?

Answer: This treatment may very well treat your malocclusion – or improper bite. However, for extremely severe misalignment, metal braces may offer a more appropriate solution. Invisalign works to improve spacing, overcrowding, cross bite, overbite, and underbite.

ABOUT YOUR FORT WORTH ORTHODONTIST:

Dr. Ciro Cabal is a dedicated family orthodontist, whose lifelong passion for providing exceptional dental care continues to this day as he serves patients of all ages from Ft. Worth, Azle, Saginaw, Springtown, Weatherford, Haslet, and the surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment or to discuss your treatment options contact your Ft. Worth orthodontist office, or call Lake Country Orthodontics today at (817) 236-7846.

About Cosmetic Orthodontics

smileperfecttealtopYou may be wondering what the term cosmetic orthodontics means. After all, aren’t all orthodontic treatments cosmetic in nature? True, this type of care typically results in a more beautiful, aligned smile. However, in some cases, patients require treatment that solely focuses on the way they look without a need for improving their overall bite. Feel like you need a few more details to determine whether this service is right for you? Read ahead:

Your Smile Needs Minor Improvement

Some patients have needs that require a mouthful of braces. This is often the case when someone suffers from a crossbite, overbite, underbite, severe overcrowding or spacing, or other problems that require comprehensive treatment to correct their entire bite. However, some patients simply wish to improve the alignment of their visible teeth – or those that show when they smile. These patients make wonderful candidates for cosmetic orthodontics, or orthodontic care that improves the appearance of your smile without addressing a serious malocclusion.

You Have Options

Patients who require cosmetic orthodontics often fail to realize they have a variety of options, particularly those that lie outside of the realm of traditional metal braces. For your needs, metal braces are simply unnecessary. Instead, we offer barely visible treatments that will allow you to straighten your smile without others noticing. Depending on your particular needs, we may suggest either tooth-colored brackets or clear aligner trays with the Invisalign system.

How to Get Started

Whether you or an adult or teen family member has been looking for an option to achieve a more beautiful, straighter smile, we encourage you to schedule an appointment. During your consultation, we will examine your teeth and discuss your goals with you. We will select a treatment with you, so you may get started with your customized care plan that will guide you toward a stunning smile.

ABOUT YOUR FORT WORTH ORTHODONTIST:

Dr. Ciro Cabal is a dedicated family orthodontist, whose lifelong passion for providing exceptional dental care continues to this day as he serves patients of all ages from Ft. Worth, Azle, Saginaw, Springtown, Weatherford, Haslet, and the surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment or to discuss your treatment options contact your Ft. Worth orthodontist office, or call Lake Country Orthodontics today at (817) 236-7846.

Quiz: Should I Try Invisalign?

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Are you wondering if you should try Invisalign? Many people are curious about this unique and innovative orthodontic treatment. A clear alternative to traditional braces, this system can help you achieve a straighter smile without the use of metal brackets and wires. Who qualifies for clear braces? How do you know if they are right for you?

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What is an Orthodontic Emergency?

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Orthodontics can correct misalignment and help you enjoy a even, healthier smile. Occasionally however, you may find yourself faced with an orthodontic emergency. What is an orthodontic emergency? Simply put, this refers to any damage that occurs to your braces or appliances, as well as any discomfort that rises from wearing them. When faced with such a scenario, you should contact out office right away. There are also steps you can take to ease the initial discomfort until you can see your orthodontist.

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