What is Cosmetic Orthodontics?

Your smile can say so much about your personality before you even speak. Many people notice your teeth first because your smile can be an indicator of your authenticity, kindness, and even competence, according to a Penn State University study. In fact, at a recent TED Talks conference, Ron Gutman presented UC Berkeley statistics that tied students’ smiles in yearbooks to their levels of relative success. Our Lake Worth orthodontist, Dr. Ciro Cabal, will explain how orthodontics can improve your image and your confidence so that you can benefit from a big, genuine smile.

The Advantages of Cosmetic Orthodontics

Cosmetic orthodontic treatments are different from other orthodontics. These therapies focus mainly on the front teeth which show when you smile. Cosmetic orthodontics addresses crooked, overcrowded, or unevenly spaced anterior teeth. In contrast, other orthodontic treatments may focus on malocclusion, or misaligned bite, TMJ disorder issues, and other dental health problems.

Because cosmetic orthodontics prioritizes small changes to the visible portion of your smile, many treatments can be completed in a shorter amount of time than other orthodontic treatments. Unlike other therapies, cosmetic treatments do not address extensive dental issues that take more time to correct.

Our cosmetic orthodontic treatments include:

Invisalign in Lake Worth

Invisalign clear braces for teens and adults are a great option for quickly correcting cosmetic smile issues. These removable clear plastic aligners gradually move your teeth into the ideal position for a straight smile. These options for orthodontic treatment offer the most convenience when straightening a crooked smile.

Tooth-Colored Braces

Tooth-colored braces also offer discrete orthodontia with ceramic brackets and wires. Since the braces are color matched to your smile, they are much less conspicuous that traditional braces, yet offer the same benefits of a straighter smile. By applying gentle forces overtime, these tooth-colored brackets will direct your teeth into perfect alignment. (more…)

Tips for Eating Healthy When You Have Braces

Whether you’re a child, teen, or adult adjusting to wearing braces on your teeth, you might not consider now the ideal time to focus on eating healthy. Reaching for things like buttery mashed potatoes and sugary milkshakes might seem like the only option to get calories into your body, without compromising the integrity of the new brackets and wires on your teeth. However, there is no need to deplete your body of nutrients just because you have braces.

Healthy Eating Tips

Lake Country Orthodontics encourages our current and future patients to consider these healthy eating tips:

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The Future Of Braces in Lake Worth

InvisalignThe invention of orthodontics for straightening teeth is credited to French dentist Pierre Fauchard in 1728. That is a mighty long time for braces to evolve. Depending on your age, you may have even seen drastic changes in your lifetime. Awkward headgear and bulky brackets and wires have improved over the years. Orthodontic treatment is even invisible in some cases. Can it get any better than that? Lake Country orthodontistDr. Ciro Cabal sees a bright future for innovations in orthodontic care, which may be good news to you, your kids, and even your grandkids as the years march on.

Many Choices

Orthodontic treatments have vastly improved in the last thirty years or so. What used to be something teens dreaded, and adults refused to even consider has now become embraced by many people who are on a worthy quest towards a straight, beautiful smile. NASA actually developed the archwire which connects brackets in traditional braces, but things have taken off like a rocket from there. The latest technology makes orthodontic experiences easier, faster, and incognito. There is now a wide variety of options so you can easily select a plan that is right for you, your orthodontic needs, and your lifestyle.

Keeping Braces on the Down-Low

Perhaps one of the most important innovations in the evolution of orthodontics is the cosmetic appeal of many treatments. Two services we are proud to provide at Lake Country Orthodontics are: tooth-colored brackets and Invisalign.

Tooth Colored Brackets: Using a stain-resistant, composite material, tooth-colored brackets make your orthodontic treatment more attractive than ever before. These brackets blend in smoothly with teeth, making bulky metal brackets a thing of the past. At a distance or in pictures, your friends and coworkers will barely notice you’re wearing them.

Invisalign: The Invisalign clear alignment system has become very popular over the last decade. This modern approach to straightening teeth uses a series of specially designed aligners, made of smooth, invisible plastic, to gradually shift your teeth into the perfect arch. It’s almost as discrete and easy as never having braces in the first place.

Visit your Lake Country Orthodontist

Call Lake Country Orthodontics at 817-236-7846 to set up a consultation today. We proudly offer services for patients from Lake Worth, Lake Country, Lakeland, Highlands, and Saginaw.

What to Expect From Your Lake Worth Orthodontic Treatment

Lake Country Orthodontics, in Lake Worth, TX, eagerly welcomes new patients. We offer comprehensive orthodontic treatments for children, teenagers, and adults. We also believe in patient education. Today we want to give our future (and current) patients an idea of what they can expect from the average course of orthodontic treatment.

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Back to School: Time to Visit Your Lake Worth Orthodontist

School will be back in session soon for your child or your teen, and there is no better time than now to consider the benefits of orthodontic treatment at Lake Country Orthodontics. Your Lake Worth dentist, Dr. Ciro Cabal, has the expertise to create healthy smiles for your child or teenager, while also considering the special circumstances of patients in their age group.

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How Our Lake Worth Orthodontist TreatsTMJ Disorder

What is TMJ disorder?

TMJ is short for temporomandibular joint. This is the jaw hinge joint that allows you to eat, speak and open your mouth. Your TMJ holds your teeth in the correct position relative to your facial structure, tooth alignment, and occlusion. Therefore, when your teeth are misaligned, your jaw hinge joint works extra hard to hold your teeth in the correct position. The result is an exhausted jaw muscle that creates many more problems for your oral health. This condition is known as TMJ disorder, TMD, or TMJ dysfunction.

What are some TMJ disorder symptoms?

TMJ disorder covers a breadth of health issues since your jaw hinge joint is connected to different systems in your body. As a result, signs of TMJ disorder can range from oral health problems to whole body aches. Dental health symptoms include, teeth grinding, increases in tooth decay, sensitive teeth, and worn down teeth. Overall health symptoms include neck and shoulder pain, headaches, morning earaches, difficulty opening your mouth, and dizziness.

How can orthodontics treat TMJ disorder issues?

Since your bite alignment and occlusion can play a factor in TMJ issues, orthodontic treatment is often your best option for preventing TMJ disorder. Dr. Cabal will diagnose your condition to determine which symptoms of TMJ disorder are caused by your smile shape. Using the innovative technology of the Galileos Cone Beam CT Scan, Dr. Cabal can have detailed insight into your TMJ diagnosis while emitting less radiation than traditional CT Scans. From here, our Lake Worth orthodontist can create an effective treatment plan for addressing your occlusion and alleviating symptoms of TMJ disorder. (more…)

Using Orthodontics to Treat Malocclusion

If you were born with straight teeth and a perfectly-aligned bite, consider yourself lucky. Slight misalignment between the upper and lower jaw is common in almost all children and many adults. Bite misalignment, called malocclusion, is the most common reason children are referred to an orthodontist. With that in mind, our Lake Worth orthodontist Dr. Ciro Cabal would like to share some information about malocclusion and what can be done to correct it.

Malocclusion: Out of Line

There are three classes, or types, of malocclusion.

  • Class one—The most common malocclusion occurs when the bite is otherwise normal, but the teeth in the upper jaw barely overlap the teeth in the bottom jaw.
  • Class two—This type of malocclusion is commonly called an overbite. Like the name suggests, it occurs when the upper teeth significantly overlap the bottom teeth.
  • Class three—In the opposite of a class two, the underbite occurs when the bottom jaw sticks out farther than the upper jaw. In this type of malocclusion, the bottom teeth overlap the upper teeth.

Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment can usually correct a misaligned bite.

  • Braces—Braces are system of metal wires attached to brackets placed on the individual teeth. Braces slowly move teeth over time until the desired result is reached.
  • Dental appliance—Younger patients can often benefit from an appliance that uses the natural growth of the child to move the jaw into a better position.
  • Spacers—Spacers keep teeth from moving or drifting into open space created by lost teeth.
  • Retainer—A retainer is a fixed or removable apparatus that keeps the teeth in place after orthodontic treatment. (more…)

Lake Worth Orthodontist Dr. Ciro Cabal

Our Lake Worth orthodontist Dr. Ciro Cabal has wanted to be an orthodontist his entire life. His goal is to work with each patient individually to create a beautiful and lasting smile. Dr. Cabal wants to educate his patients because he believes informed patients can make the best decisions about their oral care and total health. This blog will provide information about dentistry, orthodontics, nutrition and healthy living, but first we want you to get to know Dr. Cabal and his practice.

Meet Dr. Cabal

Dr. Cabal knew he wanted to be an orthodontist as soon as he had his own braces placed at the age of 15. He attended Jesuit High School and dental school at Javeriana University in Colombia, South America. Dr. Cabal went to college at one of the most prestigious universities in the United States, the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his master’s degree in oral biology and his orthodontics certification. He continues to pursue learning opportunities to ensure he is on top of the latest developments in technique and technology by attending continuing education courses and lectures. Dr. Cabal speaks fluent English and Spanish, so he can communicate effectively with a diverse clientele.  He enjoys treating each patient’s case like a work of art and will work with him or her personally to craft a better smile. (more…)

Lake Worth Orthodontists Offers Braces with Teenagers in Mind

Being a teenager is hard. Although this time in your life is the perfect time to adjust your smile to fit your rapidly changing facial structure, this is also the worse time to feel self-conscious. At our orthodontics office in Lake Worth, we understand that every patient has a different set of needs and desires for their smile. If bulky metal braces do not fit into your dream for a straight smile, Dr. Ciro Cabal offers options for discrete orthodontic treatment.

Invisalign Clear Braces for Teenagers

For image conscious adults and teens who want straighter smiles without the bulky braces, our Lake Worth orthodontist offers Invisalign. This orthodontic treatment straightens teeth using clear plastic aligners instead of metal brackets. Teens can enjoy healthier teeth in less time than traditional braces in some cases. In addition, Invisalign is removable for eating and brushing your teeth, so that you do not have to leave lunch early to meticulously clean your braces before class.

Parents can benefit from the convenience of Invisalign for the teenager since this orthodontic treatment requires less office visits. Dr. Cabal can give you clear aligners up to four weeks into your treatment plan to take home and change yourself instead of coming back to the orthodontics office for adjustments. This means less school make-up days for your teen and less time off of work for you.

Tooth-Colored Braces

Keeping in mind that every patient is unique, we offer other options for inconspicuous orthodontics for teens. Our Lake Worth orthodontist also provides tooth colored ceramic braces. Dyed to match the color of your smile, these braces are much more discrete than darker metal brackets. (more…)

Athletes with Braces Need Protective Mouthguards

 

Undergoing orthodontic treatment does not require that you put sports on hold. On the contrary, many athletes continue with workouts and games while wearing braces. A brisk blow to the mouth could leave you with severe cuts inside your mouth, but you can easily protect yourself from injury by wearing an athletic mouthguard specially designed to fit over braces.

The American Dental Association recommends that all athletes wear mouthguards and states that this is especially important for people who wear orthodontic braces. In addition to causing injury to the patient’s mouth, a blow to the face can damage brackets and wires. Furthermore, the ADA reminds orthodontic patients no to wear a retainer or any other removable appliance, other than a mouthguard, when playing contact sports. (more…)