Your Questions About Orthodontics Answered

Your Questions About Orthodontics AnsweredWant a beautiful, straight smile? Orthodontics are the answer. Orthodontic treatment can correct concerns with your bite, teeth alignment, and teeth positioning for a smile that’s more attractive. But there are more reasons to straighten your smile than just cosmetic concerns: Straighter teeth that don’t overlap or crowd each other often means less plaque build-up and less occurrence of tooth decay and gum disease. It’s time that your questions about orthodontics were answered: Find out what occlusion is, the alternatives to metal braces, and how you can maintain your confidence with braces.

What is occlusion?

Occlusion is how your upper and lower teeth come together and fit together. Many people have a misaligned bite that is not comfortable; they find their teeth do not fit together comfortably when they bite down. The most common conditions are an overbite or underbite.

Are metal braces the only option?

Cosmetic orthodontics offer alternatives to traditional metal braces, such as Invisalign invisible braces and tooth-colored brackets. These inconspicuous orthodontics offer the same results as traditional metal braces without the embarrassing metal mouth.

What if I’m self-conscious about braces?

With options like Invisalign and tooth-colored brackets, your braces will be nearly invisible — unlike with traditional metal braces. There’s no reason to be self-conscious about your braces when you can barely notice them!

Can orthodontics ease headaches?

Your headaches may be caused by your misaligned bite. A misaligned bite can result in bruxism, a condition in which you grind your teeth. Not only does teeth grinding wear down and damage teeth, but it can also cause joint and muscle pain that results in headaches. Correcting the alignment of your bite can prevent conditions like bruxism or TMJ disorder.

When should children visit an orthodontist?

Your general dentist will typically advise on when you should consult an orthodontist for your child’s care. It’s important to considerate orthodontia for your children sooner rather than later, because it’s vital to consider orthodontics before your child’s teeth have fully developed. Interceptive orthodontics with a children’s orthodontist is an early treatment to correct tooth alignment as your child’s mouth is developing.


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 Fort Worth, Azle, Saginaw, Springtown, Weatherford, Haslet, and the surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment or to discuss your orthodontic options, contact your Fort Worth orthodontist office, or call Lake Country Orthodontics today at (817) 236-7846.