When we meet teens or adults with major misalignment, then we may suggest braces to correct the position of the teeth and improve the balance of the bite. However, we know people may not be excited about this prospect, as braces could change the smile’s appearance during treatment. Fortunately, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist can offer braces without metal brackets!
Correcting Smiles with Braces
Braces are very effective for more extreme causes of misalignment. Often, people who assumed their smiles were beyond treatment are excited to see what is possible with metal orthodontics! The procedure involves our team first carefully examining the smile to assess the cause and extent of misalignment. Next, we plan the treatment process and may even create images to show what your smile could look like.
The actual treatment process involves applying brackets to the front-facing sides of each tooth. An arch wire is then connected to each of these brackets with a band. During visits to our office every few weeks, we will adjust tension in the wire to begin shifting the teeth. As the jawbone tissue and gums reform around the new positions of each tooth, we continue to shift them until after around two years, you see optimal results. The exact time of course will depend on the extent of your overall misalignment.
Tooth-Colored Ceramic Options
But how do we make them less visible? We start with the brackets. Instead of using metal, we actually create them from ceramic. Using iTero digital scanning technology, we design them to match the color of the surrounding tooth structure, which helps them blend with your smile. In fact, the same material is often used by dentists to completed prosthetics and crowns, during the material’s durability and natural appearance. We then attach the wire to them using clear bands.
Long-Term Benefits for Your Smile
When you have an even smile, brushing and flossing is much easier. You’re able to reach and remove more food particles, which reduces the severity of plaque and tartar in between your routine cleaning visits, lowering the risk of cavities and gum disease. Even teeth then balance the smile as well, lowering the risks of issues like TMJ disorder and bruxism (chronic teeth grinding). If you have any questions about correcting uneven teeth, then contact our team today. We want to help you embrace your best smile in 2021!
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT ORTHODONTICS?
We want to provide a solution for uneven teeth that is barely noticeable and helps improve your oral health. To learn more about fixing uneven teeth and poor bite balance, 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.