Orthodontics is essentially the art of straightening a smile. It typically involves the use of braces to slowly conform the alignment, spacing, and direction of teeth to a model that best fits ones lips and gums, resulting in straight rows of teeth that sit comfortably and naturally in their proper position. Orthodontics may also involve realigning the jaw using special devices, e.g. a Herbst appliance, to help the jaw develop in the correct direction. These devices are generally used for kids or teenagers rather than young adults – however, orthodontics is not only for the young. Tooth alignment can be changed at any age if your gums and bone structure are healthy. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists says that 1 out of every 5 orthodontic patients are over 21. As we age, many adults want to feel better than ever about their smile, appearance and overall oral health.

Early prevention is helpful, of course, therefore many orthodontic patients are children or teens. By addressing problems early, orthodontists are often able to eliminate the need for more invasive procedures later in life, such as dental surgery or extractions. At Chisholm Trail Dental & Orthodontics, we offer a variety of orthodontic treatment options to help children, teens, and adults get the smiles they deserve.

Braces At Chisholm Trail Dental & Orthodontics Include:

  • Clear braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Self-ligating braces
  • Lingual (behind the tooth) braces
  • Invisible braces
  • Traditional metal braces

Treatment Options for Adults

Sometimes, the need for braces is readily apparent when young people first get their adult teeth. Other times, teeth will slowly shift over time, and adults in their prime will begin to notice and address their need for braces. Many adults think the only solution to straightening their teeth is metal braces. This alone can discourage many from seeking the orthodontist treatment. However, braces today come in a variety of designs, shapes and sizes. Traditional wire-and-bracket braces are available, as well as a number of new options that are virtually invisible. At Chisholm Trail Dental & Orthodontics, we can give you the confidence and comfort of a great smile subtly – often times subtly enough that only your closest friends or relatives will know that you have braces at all. When you meet with our orthodontists,  they’ll discuss which option is best for your comfort, and aesthetic needs.

If you would like to learn more about orthodontic treatment here at our practice, feel free to call us at 817-953-7700 and schedule a free orthodontic evaluation with our orthodontists.