Adults of all ages are turning to orthodontic treatments to both enhance their oral health and project a more attractive and confident image. Many of our adult patients have brought their children and teens to us for braces, expanders, and other treatments and were so happy with the results that they decided it was their turn. Whatever your reasons for wanting to transform your smile, our Houston adult orthodontics specialists can help you with options that offer good aesthetics both during and after treatment.
While you may opt for traditional metal braces or gold braces, many of our adult patients go for the most discreet option. Clear braces have brackets made of ceramic materials that blend with your natural tooth color. While they are visible up close, they are virtually invisible from a distance or in photographs. This cosmetically appealing treatment is not always a good option for everyone. Ceramic braces work in the same way as metal braces, but they are not as strong and may require longer treatment times because not as much force can be applied to them. Also, they are not a good choice for more severe orthodontic issues. When you consult with our Houston orthodontics specialists, we will help you weigh the pros and cons of the different types of braces so that you can make an informed choice that meets your needs for effectiveness, cosmetic appeal, and speed of treatment.
After we place your braces, you will come to our Houston dentist orthodontic office every four to six weeks for adjustments, which gradually shift your teeth toward their proper positions. Your mouth will be sore after we tighten the archwires, but the discomfort will lessen over time. Eating soft foods and taking over-the-counter pain relievers will help. During the treatment process, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene, see your Houston family dentist regularly for checkups, and avoid foods and drinks that may stain your teeth or damage your appliances. Treatment times are different for everyone and can vary from six months to 30 months, but the average is roughly two years. Once we remove your braces, we will fit you with a retainer to help keep your teeth in their new positions.
Crooked, overlapping teeth offer many places for plaque and tartar to hide, which makes our job of performing professional teeth cleaning difficult and puts you at risk for serious oral health problems. However, when our orthodontists straighten teeth, we simultaneously improve your oral health. When your braces are removed, you will notice right away how easy it is to brush and floss, and you will also notice a difference in the time it takes us to perform routine Houston dental care.
The team at Smile Sonrisa Dental welcomes the opportunity to give you the stunning smile and dental health you desire. If you are ready to explore your treatment options, contact our Houston orthodontists to make an appointment.