To a teenager, the idea of wearing braces may be incredibly embarrassing and upsetting. Teenagers famously over-focus on their physical appearance, and they may shy away from traditional metal bracket and wire braces. That is why your Fort Worth orthodontist, Dr. Cabal, also offers patients more subtle options: Invisalign and tooth-colored ceramic braces. Dr. Cabal answers some common questions on these two options.
Q: What is the difference between conventional braces and tooth-colored braces?
A: Conventional braces utilize silver metal brackets which attach to the front surface of the teeth. Tooth-colored brackets are made of ceramic and better match your surrounding teeth. For this reason, they are less noticeable than silver brackets. Also, teenage patients report that ceramic braces are less likely to aggravate the soft tissues of the mouth. Tooth-colored brackets produce the same successful outcomes as conventional braces.
Q: What is Invisalign?
A: Invisalign is a contemporary orthodontic treatment comprised of clear plastic aligner trays that snap onto teeth. A patient will wear each aligner tray for two weeks before moving on to the next tray. The trays gently straighten teeth while being almost invisible.
Q: How long will my child wear Invisalign?
A: Invisalign treatment time is generally shorter than overall treatment times for conventional braces. Treatment times vary based on the case, but treatment can last from 6 to 18 months.
Q: Will my child have to wear a retainer following treatment?
A: Yes, Dr. Cabal will fit them for a retainer following completion of orthodontic treatment. Retainers maintain the improved position of the teeth so they do not shift back into their previous positions. Dr. Cabal will give your teenager detailed instructions on how often to wear their retainer. Most retainers can be worn overnight while sleeping.
About Our Fort Worth Orthodontist
Lake Country Orthodontics provides superb, customized orthodontic care in a calming office. Dr. Ciro Cabal proudly treats patients from Lake Worth, Lake Country, Lakeland, Highlands, Saginaw, and the surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment at our Ft. Worth orthodontist office, call Dr. Cabal’s office at (817) 236-7846.