In our last blog, we looked at how tooth-colored brackets provide cosmetic braces. But our team also uses clear aligners to address minor advanced cases of misalignment. In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist will look at who makes a good candidate for this treatment, and how we prepare your custom-made aligners.
The Causes and Dangers of Uneven Teeth
Misalignment could develop for a number of reasons. For example, issues with the shape and growth of your jaw, or the eruption of your teeth, could lead to crooked, crowded, or overlapping teeth. Premature tooth loss as a child due to poor oral hygiene could cause uneven teeth, as could tooth loss in adulthood or injury to the face or jaw. Unless treated, misalignment makes brushing and flossing your teeth daily difficult, and could increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, as well as issues related to bite imbalance, such as TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding).
Are Clear Aligners Right for You?
We start with a thorough exam, using iTero® and I-CAT systems to obtain digital impressions and detailed images of your smile. We then assess the cause and severity of your misalignment, which enables us to plan proper treatment. If we find you qualify for Invisalign®, then we will use the impressions and measurements we took to create a series of aligners from a clear plastic material. If you don’t qualify for Invisalign®, then we have other treatment options, including braces with tooth-colored brackets, and retainers or teeth spacers.
The Treatment Process
With treatment, you will wear a set of aligners for between 20 and 22 hours a day, or for the amount of time the orthodontist specifies. After about two weeks, you will upgrade to the next set in the series. Over the course of about a year, your teeth will be repositioned and you will enjoy better oral health. We typically recommend treatment for our teen and adult patients, and other benefits of the system include the ability to remove them before meals or prior to brushing and flossing your teeth, which helps improve your overall oral health. If you have any questions about how we treat uneven smiles, or if you would like to see which option is the best one for you, then contact our team today.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT CLEAR ALIGNER TECHNOLOGY?
We want to help you enjoy a straighter smile, and if you qualify, we can do just that with a series of clear aligners! To learn more about our approach to cosmetic smile improvement, 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.