Orthodontic Treatment with Braces
Braces are a very popular choice for orthodontic treatment! For most patients, braces offer a good treatment option for phase 1 treatment and phase 2 treatment. The two primary options for braces are traditional metal braces and ceramic braces.
Traditional Metal Braces
At Ahava Orthodontics, we will be honored to provide your orthodontic care with traditional metal braces in our Fort Worth, Texas office. Traditional metal braces have stood the test of time to provide effective and efficient treatment, and have been improved over the years to give enhanced ability to detail out your occlusion and alignment. They are smaller, more efficiently designed than in the past, and use wires with light forces to move the teeth more comfortably.
Traditional metal braces give a tried and true approach to lining up your teeth on your orthodontic journey. Comfortable improvements have been made to the bracket and wire systems used, allowing patients to have a dependable and more easily achieved goal of a memorable smile. The brackets have more control built into their design, and wires that have ‘built in’ memory are used to move teeth with lighter forces.
When it comes to orthodontic treatments and braces in Fort Worth, TX, Ahava Orthodontics has got you covered. We offer a selection of high-quality treatments with the aim of giving you a beautiful smile for life. One of these treatments is ceramic braces. Ceramic braces provide one noticeable (or unnoticeable) difference in achieving your best smile! These braces are either translucent or tooth-colored, meaning that it will be less apparent to others that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. If one of your goals is to be discreet about your treatment, then these ceramic brackets are the most esthetic approach.
Caring for Your Braces
Maintaining a high level of oral hygiene is the best approach reaching your optimal goal when you are wearing braces. We recommend:
– Brush after each meal.
– Use a soft toothbrush with a thin strip of ADA-approved toothpaste.
– Brush teeth and braces alike, using circular motions with your toothbrush on the outside surfaces of the teeth, positioning your brush at a 45-degree angle.
– Next, brush the chewing surfaces of the teeth, then the inside surfaces.
– Use a floss threader to thread floss in between the teeth to clean those surfaces.
– An “interdental” brush can also be used to clean in between teeth and under wires.
– Rinse thoroughly with water.
– If you cannot brush after eating, then rinse vigorously with water to remove any left-over food.
After you’ve finished, your teeth will be all clean! If you want to maintain proper oral hygiene, you’ll also have to floss. Flossing can be a bit trickier when you’re wearing braces so if you’re finding it inconvenient, we recommend using a dental tool like a floss threader or a proxabrush to help get any food out from between your teeth.
Contact Your Fort Worth Orthodontist Today!
If you would like to know more about our braces or other orthodontic treatments, please don’t hesitate to contact us. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with us, we encourage you to fill out our online appointment request form or give us a call at (817) 926-9777. We look forward to seeing you!
Fun Facts About Braces
CHILDREN SHOULD SEE AN ORTHODONTIST BY THE AGE OF SEVEN
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child should see an orthodontist for the first time by the age of seven. This is because this is usually when the adult molars erupt and the back bite is established. This allows an orthodontist to examine the front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships of a child.
BRACES ARE FOR PEOPLE OF ALL AGES
Many people may assume that braces are something that only kids wear. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Braces are meant for patients of all ages; one in five people who are wearing braces are actually adults. Nowadays, more people realize the benefits of undergoing orthodontic treatment and no longer view it as something that’s only done for children.
SEVERAL MILLION PEOPLE IN THE U.S. ARE WEARING BRACES RIGHT NOW
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, approximately four million people are currently wearing braces or another form of orthodontic appliance. While patients wearing braces often feel like they’re all alone when going through this process, it’s certainly not the truth according to this statistic.
EVEN FAMOUS PEOPLE WEAR BRACES
Have you ever thought about how coincidental it is that so many celebrities have beautiful smiles? It’s no coincidence – even celebrities need to undergo orthodontic treatment and wear braces to achieve the perfect smile. Many famous people have worn braces to enhance their smiles, including Tom Cruise, Emma Watson, and Faith Hill.
BRACES HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR 300 YEARS
In 1728, Pierre Fauchard, known as the Father of Dentistry, designed the first official braces. His braces consisted of flat metal material that was connected with a thin thread. Over the years, braces have become more advanced and have evolved into what you’re familiar with today.
STRAIGHTENING TEETH ACTUALLY DATES BACK TO ANCIENT EGYPT
While braces weren’t designed until the 18th century, the attempt to straighten teeth can be traced back to Ancient Egypt. Many mummies from thousands of years ago have been found with cords made from animal sinew wrapped around their teeth. Archaeologists believe that much like modern braces, these cords were used as an attempt to straighten crooked teeth.
NASA ORIGINALLY CREATED THE WIRES USED IN BRACES
Some of the wiring used in braces contains nickel titanium – an alloy which NASA originally developed for use in their space program. These thin, elastic, and flexible wires are activated by body heat and are able to maintain their shape after being attached to teeth.
ALL ORTHODONTISTS ARE DENTISTS
While all orthodontists are dentists, only six percent of dentists are also orthodontists. The difference is that an orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention of tooth irregularities and improper bites. After finishing dental school, an aspiring orthodontist must then go on to complete an additional two to three years of education from an accredited orthodontic residency program.
RETAINERS ARE JUST AS IMPORTANT AS BRACES
Braces may be used to straighten one’s teeth, but the retainers are used to hold the teeth in their new alignment and ensure that this result is permanent. The success of a patient’s orthodontic treatment depends on proper usage of a retainer afterward. In fact, about 25 percent of all patients who wear braces have to undergo orthodontic treatment again because they didn’t use their retainer as instructed.
THE SCARY DOWNSIDES YOU HEAR ABOUT BRACES AREN’T TRUE
When you hear people talk about braces, you can often hear some funny rumors from people. However amusing or frightening these rumors may be, they certainly aren’t true. No, wearing braces won’t cause lightning to start striking you. No, wearing braces won’t set off all the metal detectors at the airport and cause the TSA to come and arrest you. And no, wearing braces absolutely will not cause you to become prey for giant magnets that are just waiting to whisk you away.