Our last blog explained how we use phased, also known as interceptive, orthodontics to help children with dental misalignment. But what care do we offer for older kids and teenagers? In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist will talk about how we help correct uneven teeth with a cosmetic approach, including the use of clear Invisalign® aligners.
Invisalign® Clear Aligners
A very popular option for teenaged patients, Invisalign® doesn’t require traditional metal braces at all. For this reason, image-conscious teens often prefer to undergo treatment with a series of clear and comfortable plastic aligners. Each set is crafted based on detailed digital images we take of your smile, ensuring a comfortable fit and treatment with precision and accuracy. A set is worn daily for two weeks, before the patient moves on to the next set in the series. The process then corrects the smile in a year or up to 18 months. They aligners can also be removed before meals or prior to brushing and flossing, making daily activities much simpler.
However, we know that more advanced cases of misalignment may need more than a series of aligners to correct. Instead, we may need to rely on metal brace sot shift the teeth into optimal positions, improving smile health and beauty in 18 months to 2 years on average. Fortunately, we have an option to make them much less visible. Instead of affixing metal brackets to the front of the teeth, we attach ceramic ones. The same material used by dentists to make crowns; this material can be shaded to blend with the smile. We then attach very thin arch wires with a clear band. The result is braces that are much less visible than expected!
Which One is Right for Their Smiles?
The one we prescribed will depend on the cause and extent of the misalignment. If your child wore phased orthodontics in early childhood, this could have limited the severity of misalignment and made Invisalign® a more viable option. If you have questions about correcting uneven teeth, or about the various options we provide for people of all ages, then contact our team today. We would love to see you and offer treatment to improve your smiles.
Ready to Obtain an Even Smile?
We want to help improve oral health and boost self-confidence with our cosmetic aligners and brackets, protecting smiles in the teenage years from oral health complications and ensuring an attractive appearance in adulthood. To learn more about how we help young adults enjoy a straighter smile with our various treatment options, 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.