Fixing a crooked smile once meant living with a mouth full of metal for months. Today, patients have many different options, including virtually invisible orthodontic systems such as clear braces. Clear orthodontics use advanced materials and technology to eliminate the need for conventional metal braces while still giving you the spectacular results you want.
Our orthodontist at Antoine Dental Center in Houston might recommend clear braces if you have:
• Mild, moderate, or severe malocclusion problems, including a crossbite, overbite, or underbite
• Mild, moderate, or severe gapping, crowding, or rotated teeth
• A desire for a beautiful smile, but do not want the look that comes with conventional braces
With clear orthodontics, your braces will be clear and discreet. You can complete treatment without feeling self-conscious or uncomfortable about who might see you. Clear braces are versatile enough to correct virtually any orthodontic problem. They will perfectly align all your teeth without the need to worry about lost or misplaced appliances. They can also make precisely fine-tuned movements that enhance your smile and your overall appearance. Properly aligned teeth are also easier to clean, and less susceptible to dental damage and disease.
If our Houston orthodontist at Antoine Dental Center determines that you are a candidate for braces, a series of clear or tooth-colored brackets will be bonded to your teeth. These brackets are connected by an archwire, which applies pressure to move teeth over the course of treatment. Braces typically take between eighteen and thirty-six months make the corrections needed, but can take more or less time based on your needs. Once treatment is complete, you will need to wear a retainer to maintain your results. The retainer holds your teeth in their new position and prevents orthodontic relapse.
Good dental hygiene is important with braces, but you might also need to avoid foods and drinks that cause stains while using clear braces. You will also typically need to avoid foods that could damage your braces, such as caramel, popcorn, and other particularly sticky or hard foods. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment at our orthodontic center in Houston.
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