Invisalign® and Clear Braces
What Happens During Invisalign® Treatment?
During Invisalign® treatment, you wear a series of custom-made aligners that you switch out every two weeks. Similar to braces, the aligner places continuous pressure on the teeth so that they gradually shift into the correct position. Many of our patients opt for Invisalign® since the aligners are clear and virtually invisible.
How Much Will Invisalign Cost?
The cost for Invisalign clear aligners is determined by the amount of time you’ll need to wear the aligner trays. When you arrive for your consultation, your orthodontist will be able to give you a cost estimate.
How Is Invisalign Different from Clear Braces?
Invisalign aligner trays are removable, which makes eating and cleaning your teeth more convenient. Clear braces use brackets and wires that are affixed to the teeth. Clear braces are discreet but more noticeable than Invisalign aligners; however, they typically require fewer adjustments.
How Do Clear Braces Realign Teeth?
The brackets and wires exert pressure on the teeth so that they gradually move into the correct position.
What Do Clear Braces Cost for Patients?
The average price for clear braces tends to be less than Invisalign treatment. However, we will provide you with an estimate after you have completed your consultation and we have a clear idea of your smile goals.
Should I Choose Metal Braces or Clear Braces?
Both types of braces are an effective way to achieve a straighter smile. Patients wanting an orthodontic treatment that is as discreet as possible but who have issues that are too complex for aligner typically opt for clear braces. Our dental professionals will help you find the correct treatment option for your orthodontic issues.
Metal, Ceramic and Self-ligating Braces
How Do Metal Braces Realign Teeth?
Traditional orthodontic treatment uses a system of brackets and wires that place pressure on the teeth to move them into proper alignment.
What Do Metal Braces Cost for Patients?
Metal braces are the most cost effective option for braces. The cost is dependent on how long you will need to wear the braces and the severity of your dental issues. The cost may also be less if your insurance covers a portion of the cost.
Are Metal Braces Better Than Other Orthodontic Treatments?
Your choice of orthodontic treatment may have some impact on the duration of your treatment; however, the primary difference is aesthetics and the severity of your alignment issues. Metal braces are the most visible treatment while Invisalign, clear braces, and ceramic braces are less noticeable.
What Is the Difference Between Self-Ligating and Traditional Braces?
Traditional braces use elastics to secure the archwire in place. With self-ligating braces, the wire is held in place using a spring-loaded door. Self-ligating braces tend to be more comfortable than traditional braces and typically require a shorter treatment time.
What Is the Cost for Self-Ligating Braces?
Because of the technology involved, self-ligating braces may be more expensive than other options. For more information, contact our office to schedule your appointment for an orthodontic consultation.
Orthodontics Phase 1
What Is Phased Orthodontic Treatment?
Phased orthodontic treatment is recommended for children with moderate-to-severe orthodontic issues. The first phase starts between the ages of 6 and 10. Following the first phase of treatment, the child normally wears a retainer until all of their permanent teeth have erupted. The second phase of treatment occurs between the age of 11 and 13.
How Long Does Phased Orthodontic Treatment Take?
The process can take up to 12 months and address issues that cannot wait until all of the permanent teeth have erupted. We recommend that all children undergo an orthodontic assessment by the age of 7 to determine if they have orthodontic issues that need immediate treatment.
What Are the Costs Associated with Phase 1 Treatment?
Phased orthodontic treatment costs are determined by the types of procedures needed. As each patient is different, the costs for the procedures will vary. We will provide you with more information after you have decided on the available treatments.
Who Can Perform Orthodontic Treatment?
Orthodontists and general dentists undergo the same initial training; however, orthodontists receive two to three years of additional training focused on straightening teeth. General dentists can provide treatments for most orthodontic issues, but you may need an orthodontist if your problem is especially complex.
How Much Does Orthodontic Treatment Cost?
The cost of orthodontic treatment depends on the following factors:
- the type of treatment chosen,
- the severity of the problem,
- the length of treatment, and
- the extent of your insurance coverage.
Following your consultation, we will provide you with an outline of your costs and help you find ways to make your treatment as affordable as possible.
Where Can I Get a Consultation?
At our dental office, we provide our patients with complimentary consultations for orthodontic services.
Where Can I Get Orthodontic Treatment in Fort Worth?
We offer a variety of affordable orthodontic treatment options that can help you enjoy a straighter smile. Call today for more information or to schedule a consultation.