The Beauty of Cosmetic Braces

shorthaired woman with hand over mouthIdeally, teeth should erupt from the gum line vertically (straight up and down) and align evenly with their opposites, allowing your jaw to rest comfortably when the mouth is closed. In most cases, a smile looks best when its teeth are perfectly aligned. Orthodontics is the science of moving crooked teeth into more desirable positions through the careful, calculated use of gentle force. For many patients, treatment may require metal braces consisting of brackets and wires connected to teeth. At our Ft. Worth orthodontist’s office, Dr. Cabal offers a variety of cosmetic braces designed to straighten your teeth while remaining anonymous.

Straight Teeth and Smile Aesthetics

Straight teeth serve more than a cosmetic purpose. To minimize the impact of your bite, perfectly-aligned teeth disperse the pressure evenly amongst themselves. Crooked teeth can throw your bite off balance and expose certain teeth to excessive pressure, possibly causing teeth to crack and fracture. Nevertheless, many patients seeking orthodontic treatment wish to straighten their teeth to improve their smile’s appearance and their self-confidence. To allow patients the benefit of straight teeth without the conspicuousness of metal braces, Dr. Cabal offers a number of discreet options, including Invisalign clear aligners. Made from clear plastic, Invisalign’s aligners fit snugly over your teeth, and are virtually invisible when in place. The aligners are also removable for easier eating and dental hygiene, or for special occasions like parties, business meetings, or other social obligations.

Cosmetic Brackets and Wires

While Invisalign can help most adult patients achieve straighter, more appealing smiles, some cases of severe malocclusion (crooked teeth) require the force of traditional braces. If you’re not a viable candidate for Invisalign braces, then Dr. Cabal may recommend tooth-colored brackets and wires. Made of discreet dental ceramic instead of metal, tooth-colored braces blend in with your natural tooth structure, combining the precision of braces with the discretion of cosmetic dentistry. If you desire a straighter smile and would like to learn more about are many cosmetic orthodontic options, then speak with Dr. Cabal as soon as possible.

About Dr. Cabal:

Dr. Ciro Cabal is a dedicated family orthodontist who’s known a passion for providing dental care since his early teens, and continues to serves patients of all ages from Ft. Worth, Azle, Saginaw, Springtown, Weatherford, Haslet, and the surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment, call Lake Country Orthodontics today at (817) 236-7846.

FAQs About Orthodontic Care in Ft. Worth

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Dental misalignment is a widespread and common problem. In order to improve the alignment of our smiles, some people will require orthodontic care. Unfortunately, many people dread the thought of receiving a mouth filled with metal braces. Your Ft. Worth orthodontist, Dr. Ciro Cabal, understands your anxiety and offers esthetically pleasing orthodontic care.

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How Do Braces Work?

smile with bracesEarly orthodontic treatment is often necessary to help children with crooked teeth develop straight, symmetrical, and fully-functional permanent smiles. Even for adults, orthodontic treatment may be necessary if teeth are no longer aligned properly. Besides providing a more attractive smile, straight teeth also function better, and straightening crooked teeth helps prevent a host of other dental problems that can arise from an imbalanced bite. The science of orthodontics focuses on correcting cases of malocclusion (teeth misalignment), often through the use of orthodontic braces. As Dr. Ciro Cabal explains, moving teeth without damaging them is a delicate process. As an experienced Ft. Worth orthodontist, Dr. Cabal is specially trained to address bite misalignment using a variety of orthodontic braces and appliances. (more…)

Quality Smile Correction for Ft. Worth Residents

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A beautiful smile can instill confidence. However, many people feel embarrassed of their smile due to crooked teeth or crowding. At Lake Country Orthodontics, we provide an array of options for correcting uneven smiles. Ft. Worth orthodontist, Dr. Ciro Cabal, provides the latest in quality orthodontic treatment to address misalignment.

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Ft. Worth Orthodontist Extols the Benefits of Dental Cleanings

Keep Your Smile Consistently Clean with Your Ft. Worth Orthodontist

clean smile profileIf given the choice, would you prefer a clean mouth or an unclean one? The fact is, you are given a choice. As you may know, brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once can help you control the buildup of oral bacteria. When mouth germs accumulate, they form plaque—the sticky, colorless substance that clings to teeth, gums, and the surface of the tongue. If you wear braces, then attending to dental plaque buildup is even more important, since it can hide behind brackets and wires, increasing your risk of developing dental diseases. Aside from brushing and flossing every day, Ft. Worth orthodontist, Dr. Ciro Cabal, warns that attending routine dental checkups and cleanings is a vital part of every patient’s good oral health.

What You Can’t See in Your Mouth

Keeping your smile healthy should be a habit, and even a little neglect can grant the bacteria in your mouth the room they need to grow and multiply. Knowing that a mass of bacteria live in your mouth can be disconcerting in its own right, but it can be more so when you learn that these microbes are the main cause behind dental issues like tooth decay and gum disease. (more…)

Ft. Worth Orthodontist: Learn About TMJ Disorder with a Quiz

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Does your jaw pop or crack? Do you frequently experience painful headaches? If so, you may be suffering from a widespread medical condition known as TMJ disorder, or TMD. At Lake Country Orthodontics, we can identify the cause of your TMJ and provide orthodontic treatment. In today’s blog, your Ft. Worth orthodontist, Dr. Ciro Cabal, explains the factors that lead to TMJ disorder and discusses treatment.

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Ft. Worth Orthodontist Connects TMJ Headaches and Misaligned Teeth

headache 2Do you have a frequently sore jaw that pops or clicks? Do you also have frequent headaches and even migraines? If so, you could be suffering from a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. But what does a disorder in the jaw have to do with headaches or the alignment of teeth? To find out, read the following information about TMJ headaches from your Ft. Worth orthodontist, Dr. Ciro Cabal. (more…)

Ft. Worth Orthodontist Discusses the Link Between Headaches and TMD

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Do you suffer from frequent headaches? If so, the cause may be a common and serious issue known as TMJ disorder, or TMD. In the United States alone, over ten million people exhibit the symptoms of TMJ dysfunction. At Lake Country Orthodontics, we offer treatment for TMJ disorder. In today’s blog, your Ft. Worth orthodontist, Dr. Ciro Cabal, explains the link between headaches and TMD. He will also discuss treatment options.

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North Ft. Worth Orthodontist: How to Fight Cavities with Braces

Wearing braces typically involves changes to everyday routines, like eating and brushing teeth. In some cases, braces can also increase a patient’s risk of developing tooth decay and cavities by harboring dental plaque in hard-to-reach places. If allowed to develop, infectious cavities can destroy a tooth’s structure and interrupt the course of orthodontic treatment. Your North Ft. Worth orthodontist, Dr. Ciro Cabal, takes a look at how cavities form, and how to protect your smile when braces complicate dental hygiene.

How Cavities Form

If you’ve ever had a cavity, you can thank the sticky substance that sometimes adheres to teeth and gums. (more…)

A Brief History of Orthodontics

little girl history lessonOrthodontics is a branch of modern dentistry that specializes in the study, diagnosis, and treatment of irregular teeth and jaw alignment. Oftentimes, orthodontic treatment involves the use of braces to move crooked teeth into vertical, properly-aligned positions. Today, advanced orthodontic treatment may include the use of more discrete alternatives, like tooth-colored brackets and wires, or Invisalign clear aligners. While the term orthodontics is a relatively recent development, the concept of purposely moving teeth to improve a mouth’s function has been pondered and practiced since ancient history. Your Lake Worth orthodontist, Dr. Ciro Cabal, offers a brief glimpse at the history of orthodontics, and how it became a discipline all its own.

The Progression of Orthodontics

  • Thinking about straight teeth? You’re not alone. In fact, two of history’s greatest thinkers and philosophers, Hippocrates and Aristotle, provided discourses on ways to straighten teeth and fix other dental problems. They also ruminated on dental health’s importance to overall physical wellbeing.
  • According to archaeological finds, ancient Romans and Etruscans often bound crooked teeth with gold wire. Apparently, the concept of cosmetics had partly extended to dental work, though the gold was likely more functional than aesthetic.
  • Two books published in in the mid-18th century, Pierre Fauchard’s “The Surgeon Dentist” and Etienne Bourdet’s “The Dentist’s Art,” contained chapters dedicated to teeth alignment and appliances that can straighten them. Both men are often accredited as the fathers of modern orthodontics.
  • As the first dental specialty board, the American Board of Orthodontics was formed in 1929. As a side note, the stainless steel used for metal braces wasn’t generally accepted until the 1960s. In the 1970s, direct bonding of brackets to teeth revolutionized the idea of orthodontics, replacing previous models that wrapped around each tooth.

Seek the Expertise of Your Lake Worth Orthodontist

To learn about modern orthodontics and the many options we offer to help restore your smile’s beauty and function, call Lake Country Orthodontics today at (817) 236-7846 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Ciro Cabal. Located in the 76179 area, our Ft. Worth orthodontist’s office proudly welcomes families from Azle, Saginaw, Springtown, Weatherford, Haslet, Ft. Worth, and all surrounding communities.