For smiles with more substantial cases of misalignment, we may recommend metal braces to correct them. But that doesn’t mean we can’t make them less visible. In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist talks about how our team creates tooth-colored brackets.
How Braces Correct Uneven Smiles
Braces can help improve the alignment of your smile, shifting crooked, crowded, and overlapping teeth into proper position. The process involves attaching a metal bracket to the front facing side of each tooth. Then we connect a portion of a thin arch wire to each bracket with a band. You may also have additional bands connected to the upper and lower arch braces. When you come to the office, we will gradually adjust tension in the wire to begin shifting the teeth into proper positions. This could take about two years to complete, allowing you to smile with confidence!
Tooth-Colored Ceramic Brackets
To make them less visible, we can use ceramic instead of metal for the brackets. Ceramic is a strong material, and one that is translucent like tooth enamel. This material can be shaded to blend with surrounding tooth structure. For this reason, dentists often use ceramic to create crowns and replacement teeth, like bridges and implant restorations. We start by taking detailed images of the teeth with the iTero® digital imaging system. We combine them to create a 3D model of the smile, so we can design brackets that blend with the smile. These tooth-colored orthodontics make braces less visible, and the treatment process more susceptible for teens and adults alike.
Correcting your smile with orthodontics could mean a more attractive smile, but this could also improve oral health. You see, misalignment makes brushing and flossing difficult, and the trapped food particles could eventually mean a greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease. The strain on your bite balance and jaw joints from your malocclusion could also increase the chances of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding), two disorders linked to discomfort and even damaged teeth. Don’t let your oral health suffer, or spend your days hiding your smile from the world. Talk to our team to see which treatment option is right for you!
If you have any questions about our tooth-colored braces, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Cosmetic Orthodontics?
Our team wants to provide a less noticeable but effective route to a straighter smile. If you have any questions about our approach to braces, or if you would like to schedule an appointment soon, 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.