Can Braces Really Be Cosmetic?

clear bracesWhen you think about braces, you don’t likely think about them as a cosmetic option for correcting misalignment. However, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist knows how to correct serious alignment concerns with braces, and how to do so in a way that is much less noticeable. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at our tooth-colored ceramic brackets.

Treating Uneven Smiles with Braces

When you have teeth that crowd or overlap one another, or sit crooked in your smile, this could lead to complications for your smile, increasing the risk of issues like tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ disorder, and even bruxism (chronic teeth grinding). To address more severe cases of misalignment, we may use braces. We start by attaching a bracket to the front-facing side of the teeth and then connecting an arch wire to it with a band. During periodic visits, we adjust tension in the wire to begin moving the teeth into optimal positions. The process could take up to two years, depending on the cause and extent of your misalignment.

Metal vs. Ceramic Brackets

Usually, the brackets will be made from metal. However, we know that committing to several months or years of treatment is tough when you feel self-conscious about your metal orthodontics. For that reason, we create the brackets from ceramic. This material is durable and strong, and translucent like tooth enamel. We tint it to blend with the surrounding tooth structure, so the appearance of your braces is less visible. In fact, this material is also used by general dentists to create crowns due to porcelain’s strength and lifelike appearance. We offer this for teens and adults alike, helping them gain stunning and healthy smiles and reducing the appearance of the orthodontics.

Limiting Your Treatment Time

The reason correcting the position of the teeth takes so long is the fact that the jawbone tissue and gums must reform around the teeth once they shift. However, with Propel® Accelerated Orthodontics, we use a small device to stimulate the growth of tissue. You wear it for about five minutes a day, and the device could significantly reduce the overall treatment time. If you have any questions about how we offer lifelike solutions to misalignment, or about any of our other advanced treatment options, then contact our team today. Let us help you and your family obtain an attractive smile and better overall oral health.


We want to help families in our community enjoy better oral health and a straighter smile. To learn more about correcting misalignment with 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.