Orthodontic treatment has come a long way in recent years. From technology to reduce the amount of time needed to correct smiles, such as the Propel system, to clear aligners, we can offer more attractive solutions to poor alignment. For teens, these modern treatments your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist offers can reduce the appearance of orthodontics and help them enjoy better smile health.
Addressing Misalignment in the Teen Years
For teens, their smiles are still growing and changing, making this a great time to administer orthodontic treatment to guide the growth of the smile and correct dental misalignment. This prevents them from needing treatment in the adult years, too. By correcting misalignment, you reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, as crooked and overlapping teeth make thorough brushing and flossing a difficult process. In addition, this relieves tension on the jaw joints and improves bite balance, decreasing the risk of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding), protecting young smiles from discomfort and complications.
For many teens, Invisalign® is a very popular choice to correct misalignment. We don’t use metal brackets or wires at all. Instead, we use digital technology to take a series of 3D images, combining them to create a model of the smile. From there, we can begin designing and creating a series of aligners from a clear plastic material. Worn daily, the aligners help reposition the teeth to correct misalignment and fit comfortably while doing so. Treatment could take between a year and 18 months, depending on the extent of the misalignment. They can also be removed before meals, so no need to change diets, and being removable means brushing and flossing is much easier, protecting oral health throughout the treatment process.
Tooth-Colored Ceramic Brackets
Some cases of misalignment may be too severe to address adequately with clear aligners. Instead, we may need to use metal braces. However, to reduce their visibility, we can place brackets onto the front facing sides of the teeth that are made from ceramic, not metal. Ceramic means we can shade them to match the color of the teeth, significantly reducing the appearance of your orthodontics. You then enjoy less visible braces and start your journey toward a more even and attractive smile. If you have any questions about treating misalignment, or about any of our cosmetic treatment options, then contact our team today. We would love to help your child obtain better oral health!
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR ORTHODONTICS?
Our team can help correct alignment issues in teen smiles. To schedule your consultation and learn more, 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.