While having a straighter smile is perfect for making first impressions and taking photos with friends and family, it’s not only ideal for your appearance. Straightening teeth removes gaps from your smile and makes improvements to your jaw alignment, both of which are beneficial to your oral health! Those with a straight smile tend to find daily oral care easier, which means their risk for dental disease is lower. Because of Texas Dentistry’s multiple treatment options, both teens and adults can benefit from orthodontic treatment!
If you have significantly crooked teeth or a bad overbite, underbite, crossbite or other malocclusion, traditional metal braces may be the best treatment for you. Metal braces use brackets and an archwire to gently push teeth into a straighter and healthier position. During treatment, you’ll visit our dental office once every few weeks to have your hardware adjusted. These visits also give us time to examine your teeth and confirm that they are shifting as planned. We’ll also inform you of all the best steps for at-home care, whether it’s for keeping your smile or your hardware protected.
Invisalign is a more ideal option if you have mild to moderate levels of misalignment or an uneven bite. This treatment uses FDA-approved, medical-grade plastic aligners to shift teeth rather than metal hardware. They are fully transparent, which means no one will notice that you’re undergoing treatment at first glance. You can maintain your professional appearance and remove them as needed for cleaning, eating, drinking and chewing gum. Each pair is meant to mirror a specific stage of your treatment and worn for a set period of time. When you’ve worn the pair long enough, you move on to the next pair in your treatment.
Teenagers can take advantage of Invisalign treatment as well through Invisalign Teen! Invisalign Teen aligners function in the same way as normal aligners do, except for one key difference. Each pair is equipped with blue dot indicators that tells patients whether or not they are wearing the aligners for enough time. If the blue dot appears, that means they need to wear them more. Once it fades, your teen can rest knowing that they are completing treatment properly.
Many patients only want to address the teeth that are visible in their smile when pursuing orthodontic treatment, and Six Month Smiles is the perfect way to do so. Not only does this treatment straighten teeth faster than any other orthodontic option, but the hardware uses is tooth-colored! The brackets and archwire are made from ceramic materials, ensuring that it effectively blends in with your current teeth. This means you can shift teeth discreetly without making substantial changes in your appearance. Furthermore, treatment only takes about six months on average, so you can get your smile ready just in time for the new season!