If you have a teen in need of orthodontic treatment, then as soon as our doors can open again, we could love to offer treatment to correct misalignment, whether minor or severe. However, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist understands that few teens are especially excited for braces. Fortunately, we can help with cosmetic options, like tooth-colored brackets for braces, or clear aligners!
Treating Poor Alignment
Did you know that poor alignment is much more than just a cosmetic issue? For example, when our teeth are crooked and crowded, this provides places for food particles to become trapped. Even if you brush and floss, you may not be able to reach these particles. Soon, bacteria will break them down and create plaque buildup in the process, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Poor alignment also places pressure on the jaw joints and upsets your bite balance, boosting the risks of issues like TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). Addressing your misalignment improves overall oral health and helps you avoid serious discomfort in the long-run!
One of the more popular options for teens (and adults) is Invisalign®. This option costs as much as braces, but doesn’t require the use of metal brackets or wires to correct misalignment. Instead, using digital scanning technology we design and craft a series of aligners from a clear plastic material. The aligners fit comfortably, and help repositions the teeth. Patients wear a set for 20 to 22 hours, upgrading to the next in the series every two weeks or so over a period of a year to 18 months. These also offer other benefits, such as the ability to remove them prior to meals or before brushing and flossing. You don’t have to avoid your favorite foods, and you have a much easier time caring for your smile!
Tooth-Colored Ceramic Brackets
Our team also provides ceramic brackets. The brackets fit on the front-facing sides of your teeth. We connect the arch wire to them with a band, and then adjust tension in the wire to move the teeth into optimal positions. To help limit the appearance of your teen’s braces, we use ceramic to create brackets that blend with the color of your teeth and help reduce the visibility of your orthodontics! If you have any questions about the treatments we offer for our young patients, then please contact our team today to learn more.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT TREATMENT FOR TEENS?
Our team can’t wait to help you and your family correct misalignment and enjoy optimal oral health. To learn more about helping kids and teens enjoy better oral health, 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.