At Alsbury Dental in Burleson, TX, we have found that there are two groups of patients interested in adult orthodontics. The first segment wore braces during adolescence or teen years, but neglected to continue retainer use as recommended. As a result, their formerly straight teeth shifted out of alignment. They are left with only regrets and yearbook photos of what was once a gorgeous smile.
The second group never wore braces, and now feel as if they missed their chance. They believe that undergoing orthodontic treatment at this stage of life would be ridiculous, compromising both their sophisticated image and the freedom to eat what they like. We’ve all seen adults don metal brackets and wires. It’s not an attractive sight, even if the result is worth the sacrifice for some. It’s simply not for everyone.
We Give Adults Mature Options
Here’s great news:
You don’t have to wear metal brackets and wires, or rubber bands and headgear, to straighten your teeth.
Here’s more great news:
You don’t even have to endure two years of orthodontic therapy to achieve straight teeth and a uniform smile.
Today, our dentists offer two types of accelerated adult orthodontics, as well as a cosmetic treatment known as “instant orthodontics.”
About Six Month Smiles
With similarities to traditional braces, Six Month Smiles straightens teeth in about six months, for most patients. Treatment involves clear brackets and tooth-colored, inconspicuous nickel wires. Brackets are affixed to teeth, a wire is threaded through the brackets, and tension applied to the wire gently moves teeth into desired position. However, Six Month Smiles focuses on moving only front teeth, so it is a cosmetic treatment, rather than orthodontic therapy that deals with moving molars to correct occlusal issues. Most cases can be completed in about six months, though some take a bit longer. At your consultation, the dentist will let you know whether Six Month Smiles is a viable treatment option to meet your goals.
About Invisalign Aligners
Unlike traditional orthodontic therapy, Invisalign is not attached to teeth. Instead, clear acrylic aligners are custom made to slip on and off of the upper and/or lower arch. To create a treatment plan, an initial 3D image is taken of the patient’s teeth. Then, special software creates a series of blueprints for aligners that will incrementally move teeth toward their final ideal position. Most treatment plans take between 9 and 18 months and require fewer than 25 sets of aligners, each to be worn for approximately two weeks. However, complex cases can have many more aligners, and each case is unique.
Patients must wear aligners for 22+ hours per day or teeth may not progress on schedule. You can remove the aligners when eating and when brushing or flossing your teeth. Invisalign is ideal for patients who want to straighten their teeth, but don’t want to wear traditional braces. You will need to commit to wearing your aligners as instructed and attending progress checks at our office every six weeks, as scheduled.
If you want immediate results and permanently altering natural tooth structure is acceptable for you, talk with the dentist about porcelain veneers. Called “instant orthodontics” by some, veneers are thin, handmade porcelain shells that we permanently adhere to the front of the teeth. They are usually placed on the top front teeth that show when you smile, but can also be secured to the front bottom teeth, if desired. Eight to ten teeth are commonly treated. Veneers cover the entire front surface of teeth, so they can change color, texture, and shape, while hiding chips, stains, spaces, and slight misalignments. In the absence of injury and damage, porcelain veneers can last up to 20 years before needing replacement.
Call for an Adult Orthodontics Consultation
Are you ready for improved self-confidence and a smile you want to show off? Make your dream smile a reality! Call Alsbury Dental in Burleson, TX now at 817-295-3070 and schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation with one of our experienced dentists. We welcome patients from across South Ft. Worth, including those from Crowley, Rendon, and surrounding communities.