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Adult Orthodontic Treatment in Irving, TX

 

Adult Treatment At Your Orthodontist in Farmers Branch

Here at Travers Orthodontics, we're seeing more and more adult orthodontic patients, and it's easy to see why. Many adults realize that investing in a smile makeover can have significant social and professional benefits. Straightening the teeth is an important part of that confidence-boosting makeover process.  Additionally, appliances that are barely noticeable have been developed to give adults more discreet choices when it comes to treatment options.

How Adult Treatment Is Different 

Healthy teeth can be moved at any age, so there's no such thing as being too old for braces. However, orthodontic treatment for adults is different in two important respects:

First, the growth and development of the jaws is complete in adults, so changes in actual jaw structure can't be accomplished with orthodontic appliances in the way they can with a growing child.

Secondly, periodontal (gum) disease is more prevalent in adults than in children. Orthodontic appliances apply gentle forces to your teeth to move them through the surrounding bone. If the gum tissues are not healthy, bone loss can result and weaken the long-term prognosis of your teeth. Therefore, periodontal health plays a key role in orthodontic treatment, and any gum disease must be brought under control before treatment begins. To maintain your health, you will need to have regular professional cleanings during the orthodontics while maintaining good oral hygiene at home.

Treatment Options For Adult Orthodontics

All orthodontic appliances work essentially the same way: by employing light, constant force to move teeth into proper alignment. However, the way these forces are applied can vary, as numerous innovations have become available in recent years. Less visible orthodontic appliances have been designed to blend more easily into an adult's personal and professional lifestyle. Types of orthodontic appliances include:

Traditional Metal Braces —

This is probably what you think of when you picture someone wearing braces: small metal brackets bonded to the front of the teeth. A thin wire runs through the brackets and is attached on either end to metal bands that go around a back molar. Metal braces are durable, effective, and have produced countless beautiful smiles for many years.

Clear Braces —

Clear braces work just as metal braces do, but instead of more noticeable metal brackets, they feature clear ones made of ceramic, plastic, or a combination of both. Except for the thin wire running through, clear braces are hardly visible. Clear braces are a great option for adults who desire the effectiveness of braces without the obvious appearance.

Clear Aligners —

As an alternative to the fixed type of orthodontic appliances mentioned above, clear aligners are removable. They are actually a series of clear plastic “trays” that are custom-made to fit over your teeth exactly. Each tray is part of a series of trays that move your teeth a little bit at a time until they are in the proper position. Your trays are designed with the help of specialized computer software that generates a virtual model of your bite. Invisalign for the Farmers Branch, Coppell and Irving areas is the perfect way to transform your smile without anyone ever noticing.

Lingual Braces —

These metal braces are bonded to the back of your teeth (tongue side) so that no one can see them. They can be more difficult to get used to wearing and are more expensive than traditional braces.

How Long Will Treatment Last?

Your time in braces or aligners will vary based on the severity of your case, and your specific smile goals. Dr. Travers will be able to determine the length of treatment that is right for you.  No matter how long your treatment is prescribed, there are several things you can do to make it go as quickly as possible:

  • Follow the instructions of your orthodontist in Farmers Branch regarding brushing, flossing, and cleanings

  • See your dentist for a professional cleaning every six months while undergoing orthodontic treatment

  • Keep all schedule appointments with your Farmers Branch orthodontist for braces adjustments and new aligner sets

  • Wear your aligners as instructed, at least 22 hours a day. If you neglect to follow these instructions, you may set back your treatment time, or even have to start over.

  • Always brush your teeth and clean your aligners before putting them back in your mouth.

  • Avoid sugary, acidic beverages like soda, fruit juices, and sports drinks. Water is recommended during any form of orthodontic treatment to keep your teeth as healthy as possible.

  • If wearing braces, avoid sticky and hard foods, and stick to soft things that are easy to chew and don’t require biting down hard or tearing.

After Your Orthodontic Treatment

There is nothing like seeing your new smile after getting your braces removed or wearing your last set of aligners. However, there is still one final phase of treatment that is crucial to maintaining your smile. Wearing a retainer after treatment is crucial, no matter which type of appliance you choose and what age you happen to be. Teeth that are not held in place by a retainer long enough for new supporting bone to develop around them, have a natural tendency to drift back to their original positions. That's certainly not something we — or you — want to see happen. Additionally, the best way to ensure your new smile stays perfect is to follow a good dental hygiene routine, brush and floss regularly, and continue to visit your dentist for professional exams and cleanings. After your treatment, we will provide you with specific tips and further instructions on how to retain your brand new, beautiful smile so that it continues to make you look and feel great for years to come.

Contact Travers Orthodontics Today!

We at Travers Orthodontics are committed to seeing our Farmers Branch, TX area patients leave our offices with the smile of their dreams. If you are ready to take the next step toward a more confident smile, your Farmers Branch orthodontist is here to discuss any questions or concerns you have related to our orthodontic treatments and services. Give us a call, or request an appointment today. We can’t wait to hear from you soon!