Correcting Teenage Smiles With Ceramic Brackets

We recently dedicated a blog to the benefits Invisalign® clear aligners offer teenagers in Fort Worth, TX. In today’s blog, we would like to continue our look at cosmetic orthodontics, with a blog focused on tooth-colored brackets. Made from lifelike ceramic, they offer our patients braces that are significantly less visible than traditional metal orthodontics.

Tooth-Colored Brackets

With braces, we attach brackets to the front facing side of the teeth and connect them with an arch wire. The orthodontist then adjusts the tension in the arch wire, which moves the teeth gradually to more optimal placement, addressing misalignment. To limit the appearance of the orthodontics, we actually create brackets from ceramic instead of metal. Not only is ceramic strong and durable, but the material mimics the translucent appearance of tooth enamel and can be shaded to match the color of the teeth. As a result, the braces will be less visible, making this a preferred choice for teens and adults in need of orthodontic care.

What to Expect From Braces

When wearing them, you will still need to brush and floss daily, which helps remove food particles from your orthodontics and teeth, reducing the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and teeth stains. You should also cut back on consuming chewy foods, which can become trapped in your braces. Periodically, you will need to visit the dentist to have your braces adjusted, which helps correct your smile’s alignment. Total treatment time will depend on the cause and extent of your misalignment, but may take between 18 moths and 2 years. Once treatment ends, you will have an even and beautiful smile, as well as improved oral health.

Don’t Ignore Misalignment

If you have crooked or crowded teeth, then consider seeing your orthodontist for a consultation. After all, misalignment makes thorough brushing and flossing difficult and has been linked to a greater overall risk of cavities and gum disease. Poor alignment also impacts bite balance and may lead to TMJ disorder or bruxism, common disorders linked to headaches, jaw pain, and even damaged teeth. Instead of hiding your smile and ignoring your uneven teeth, talk to our team about possible treatment options. We can offer our teen patients ceramic brackets, clear Invisalign® aligners, and more! If you have any questions or concerns, then contact our team today.

Ready for Tooth-Colored Brackets?

We offer cosmetic orthodontic treatment to help people of all ages enjoy smile improvement that doesn’t impact appearance. To schedule your consultation and learn more about ceramic brackets and our other treatment options, then please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in White Settlement, North Fort Worth, and all surrounding communities.