Misalignment, which refers to crooked or crowded teeth, may lead to a number of oral health issues. In order to maintain a healthy and even smile, you may benefit from orthodontic care. Our office provides Fort Worth, TX, residents cosmetic alternatives to traditional metal braces. In today’s blog, we’re going to answer questions about tooth-colored brackets and clear aligners!
Frequently Asked Questions About Cosmetic Orthodontics
Question: When should I see the orthodontist?
Answer: For children, we suggest an initial visit at around age seven. At this age, the baby teeth are falling out and being replaced with permanent ones, and we can better gauge the presence of misalignment and other factors that could impact the position of the teeth. If you’re an adult or teen with misalignment and looking for solutions, then feel free to schedule a visit so we can examine your smile and find the best possible solution to straighten your teeth.
Question: How does Invisalign® work?
Answer: One popular option for correcting smile alignment involves Invisalign® aligners. Made from a clear acrylic material, these aligners will gradually and carefully reposition the teeth, offering a straighter smile in about a year. Our patients find the aligners a comfortable fit and a preferable alternative to traditional metal braces. They will need to be worn daily for about 20 to 22 hours, and patients typically upgrade to a new set after about two weeks. Total treatment time us usually between a year and 18 months, depending on the age of the wearer and the severity of misalignment.
Question: Can I remove my aligners?
Answer: Yes! You actually remove them before meals or prior to brushing and flossing your teeth, which makes eating and caring for your smile less stressful. As long as you wear them daily for the amount of time the dentist recommends, you can also take them out before special occasions as well.
Question: How do we create tooth-colored brackets?
Answer: Some patients may not qualify for clear aligners and may instead need to wear braces. However, to minimize the impact on a patient’s appearance, we may use ceramic brackets instead of metal. Custom-made and shaded to match the color of the teeth, the bracket’s blend with the smile. Patients then enjoy the benefits of braces without worrying about the impact on their appearance. If you have any questions about our cosmetic orthodontics, or if you’re ready to schedule a consultation and discuss your treatment options, then contact our team today.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT COSMETIC ORTHODONTICS?
If you have an uneven smile, then you may benefit from orthodontic treatment. To schedule your consultation and learn more about clear aligners and ceramic brackets, then please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Springtown, Rome, and all surrounding communities.