The majority of patients undergoing orthodontic care are children and teens. But you are never too old as long as you have good bone and good oral hygiene.
Dr. Blaess is a General Dentist who can straighten your teeth. She has been providing comprehensive orthodontic care for our patients since 1999.
Types of Braces
Braces come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Some are the more traditional looking metal brackets that have been greatly reduced in size. Other brackets are clear plastic types and still other are made of ceramic materials. These last two types have been developed to aid in creating a greater cosmetic acceptance by patients in treatment.
Which way of straightening your teeth is best for you?!
Invisalign uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you’re wearing. So, you can smile more during treatment as well as after. Invisalign is made with 3-D computer imaging technology and has been proven effective.
Best Advantages of Invisalign:
- Clear aligners are virtually invisible
- Smooth comfortable plastic aligners so no metal abrations
- Aligners are removable for easy brushing and flossing
- Eat whatever you want
- less time getting adjustments
You wear each set of aligners for about 2-3 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. You must wear them 22 hours a day! As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move week by week until they have straightened to the final position Bellaire Family Orthodontics has prescribed. You’ll visit De Zavala Dental about every 6-8 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages 12-22 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 10 and 40, but both will vary from case to case. Limited cases will take a lot less time.
Metal or Clear Traditional Brackets\Normally the best way to straighten your teeth and improve your bite. Dr. Blaess mainly uses light wire technique (tip-edge). By using very light forces, teeth do not become so sore.
• Active Retainers: Removable appliances for minor tooth movement