Adult Orthodontic Treatment in Irving, TX


Here at Travers Orthodontics, we're seeing more and more adult orthodontic patients, and it's not hard to figure out why. Appliances that are barely noticeable have been developed to give adults more discreet choices when it comes to orthodontic treatment. Additionally, many adults realize that investing in a smile makeover can have significant social and professional benefits. Adult orthodontic treatment.Straightening the teeth can be an important part of that confidence-boosting makeover process. 

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. 

Firstly, the growth and development of the jawsis 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.

Types of Orthodontic Appliances

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.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.


Clear Braces.Clear Braces —

Instead of highly noticeable metal brackets, you can have clear ones made of ceramic, plastic, or a combination of both. Except for the thin wire running through, they are hardly visible. However, 

they are more susceptible to breakage than metal braces.


Clear Orthodontic Aligners.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 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.


Lingual Braces.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.

After Your Orthodontic Treatment

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 can drift back to their original positions. That's certainly not something we — or you — want to see happen. After your treatment, we will instruct you on how to retain your new, more 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 Irving, TX area patients leave our offices with a smile they will be proud to show off for years to come. If you are ready to take the next step toward a more confident smile, our dentists are 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!

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