Poor alignment, including crooked or crowded teeth, could lead to serious issues with your oral health and the beauty of your smile. To correct these issues, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist may suggest braces with tooth-colored brackets. In today’s blog, we’re going to take a look at these cosmetic braces and how they help limit the appearance of your orthodontics.
When Do We Need Braces?
You may need metal orthodontics if you have a serious case of misalignment, which involves crooked, crowded, and overlapping teeth. Unless treated, poor alignment makes brushing and flossing difficult, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease even if you care for your smile each day. In addition, misalignment has been linked to bite imbalance and jaw joint strain, boosting the risk of TMJ disorder and bruxism, two jaw joint issues linked to damaged and aching teeth, headaches and migraines, and poor oral health.
Braces involves placing a bracket onto the front facing side of the teeth and connecting them with a thin metal wire. We then adjust the tension in this wire during periodic visits every few months. The adjustments move the teeth to more optimal positions. Typically, the brackets are made from metal and are very apparent. However, instead of using metal we can create them with ceramic. Not only is ceramic strong and durable, but the material is translucent like tooth enamel and we can even shade it to match the color of your teeth. As a result, your orthodontics are barely visible during the treatment process, making this a great choice for teens and adults. Total treatment time with these orthodontics will vary, but usually takes about two years.
What About Invisalign®?
We also have another cosmetic option for correcting misalignment. For some patients, we can forgo braces altogether and instead create a series of clear aligners. They fit over the teeth and are made from a clear acrylic material. A set is worn for two weeks at a time and the patient then moves onto the next, with optimal results taking as little as a year in some cases. Invisalign® is often a preferred option for teens and adults with more minor cases of misalignment. If you have any questions about correcting misalignment, or about our tooth-colored ceramic brackets or clear Invisalign® aligners, then contact our team today. Our team can help you and your family enjoy better alignment and a healthier, more attractive smile as well.
Ready for Cosmetic Orthodontics?
Our team would like to help you enjoy a straighter and more attractive smile. To schedule your consultation and learn more about our clear braces, then please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Haslet, Azle, and all surrounding communities.