Orthodontics in Lancaster, TX
Orthodontic treatments help move teeth that are crooked or that do not fit together correctly. Crooked teeth can be harder to clean, putting you at risk for cavities and gum disease. Simply put, orthodontics can straighten your teeth, correct your bite, and can improve your facial profile.
Orthodontic treatment has become more and more accessible in recent years, and the methods of teeth straightening are progressing dramatically with technological developments, creating an entire experience that is quicker, more effective, and less invasive than in the past. These include:
- Traditional Metal Braces
- Ceramic (Tooth-Colored) Braces
- Lingual braces
Invisalign treatment works through a series of clear, comfortable, and removable aligners. Each aligner is slightly different, moving your teeth gradually into the desired position. Due to its discrete appearance, Invisalign has become extremely popular among adults who might not feel confident wearing braces. The convenience of invisible, removable aligners has made Invisalign an increasingly popular orthodontic option for children and adults alike!
Metal braces (Traditional braces)
These are the metal brackets and wires that most people picture when they hear the word “braces.” However, modern brackets are smaller and less noticeable than the notorious “metal-mouth” braces that many adults remember.
Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, except that they have tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend in to teeth. Some even use tooth-colored wires to be even less noticeable.
Lingual braces are the same as traditional metal braces, except that the brackets and wires are placed on the inside (back) of teeth.
The Best Age for Braces
If you are looking at braces for your child (or even yourself), you may be wondering, “what is the best age for braces?” When a child gets them too early, further treatment may be required later in life. If a child (or adult) gets them later in life, they may need to be worn for a longer period of time. This may seem like a confusing subject because there’s no universal right answer to this question. However, there are some factors to consider when deciding the best age for braces.
Prime Treatment Age: 10-14 Years-Old
Most children receive braces between the ages of 10 and 14. By this time, baby teeth have completely fallen out and the jaw is stable enough to support long-term orthodontic treatment. Whether you choose traditional, ceramic braces, or invisible braces, it is important to talk with your child about the changes that are to come. The changes to their appearance as a result of wearing braces can be a big change for many adolescents. At this age, the average treatment length varies between one and a half to two years. It is important that your child practices good oral hygiene during this time, including regular flossing.
Do I need an orthodontist to straighten my teeth?
Orthodontists are specialists in their field. On top of their general dentistry degree, they trained for an additional three years to achieve a degree in orthodontics. An orthodontist only performs orthodontic treatments, which means that they have more experience and a higher level of knowledge because this is what they do all day, every day. Some general dentists are qualified to perform Invisalign and fit braces. These dentists may have had professional training and studies to be able to provide orthodontic solutions in some cases. Modern technology has also simplified the process of applying braces, having a computer design each bracket and a laboratory manufacture it to specification. Speak to your dentist if you are interested in straightening your teeth, and they will be able to determine the best treatment solution for you and, if necessary, will organize a referral to an orthodontist.
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