Committed and Experienced Fort Worth, TX Orthodontists
Orthodontics is about so much more than having a straight smile. It allows you to enjoy better overall health, increased functionality, less oral discomfort, and an overall higher quality of life! Our comprehensive team at Rio Dental & Orthodontics is proud to offer in-house orthodontic services. No more driving around to different dental appointments!
Finding quality, convenient orthodontic services is made easy with Rio Dental & Orthodontics. Our board-certified orthodontist, Dr. Michael Choy, has years of experience helping children, teenagers, adults, and everyone in between by transform their smile and teeth.
We offer different types of braces and straightening options so that you can choose the one that’s right for you. During your orthodontic consultation, you’ll learn more about the different options and get individualized medical advice and recommendations.
We encourage you to contact any one of our four locations around Texas with any questions you may have or if you’re ready to schedule an orthodontic consultation. Following are orthodontic options we offer.
Braces are used to fix issues such as misaligned teeth, gaps between teeth, and other common orthodontic issues. The braces we offer to patients today are sleeker, smaller, and more durable than ever. They’re a great cost-effective option for anyone looking to make significant improvements to their smile.
Anatomy of Metal Braces
Traditional braces treatment includes silver brackets bonded to the front of the teeth. The brackets have edges that are known as “wings” which have elastic bands attached. These hold the orthodontic wires in place, which work to move the teeth while the brackets work as anchors. These wires and bands are replaced over time at progress appointments to get the desired results.
Comfort of Braces
While braces are likely to cause mild sensitivity and irritation at the beginning, this quickly subsides as the mouth gets used to the braces. Younger patients also get to pick out their favorite colors for the elastic bands at every appointment! We love offering every shade of the rainbow, including neutral options for adults who’d like to maintain a more subtle, professional look.
Invisalign® Clear Braces
If you prefer not to have traditional metal braces, we’ve got an option for you too! Invisalign® does away with the traditional model of brackets and wires, replacing them with a set of aligners that are customized for your unique mouth and crafted from clear, comfortable plastic.
These aligners are virtually impossible to notice and can be removed so you can eat and function as normal. At Rio Dental & Orthodontics, we’ll be happy to take a look at your orthodontic needs and determine whether or not Invisalign® could be the right solution for you.
Orthodontists are dental specialists who diagnose and treat problems that relate to the position, alignment, or spacing of the teeth, along with related irregularities in the face and jaw. At Rio Dental, providing orthodontic solutions is one of our specialties.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the treatments we provide.
What’s the Best Age for Orthodontic Treatment?
Age is not a factor in determining if a patient is a good candidate for orthodontic treatment. Regardless of a patient’s age, if an individual wants to have straighter teeth or improve overall jaw and alignment issues, they may be a candidate for orthodontic treatment. Patients can be in their 60s and 70s and still benefit from orthodontic treatment!
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children consult with an orthodontist at the first sign of an orthodontic problem, preferably no later than age 7. Few patients will need to begin treatment that early, but some may benefit from early intervention.
Are There Age-related Considerations?
Adult patients often have conditions that younger patients don’t have, including insufficient bone between the roots for adequate blood supply, mild gingivitis infections, or marginal bone loss.
Adult bones are also harder and no longer growing, and aging tissue often takes longer to adjust to the new position of your teeth. These are known as biomechanical limitations, and that can make tooth realignment a more involved process than with children. However, successful treatment can easily be done with the right team.
The orthodontists at Rio are highly experienced in providing orthodontic treatment to patients of all ages, so we are able to assess what type of treatment will best benefit you.
How Long Does Treatment Take?
Orthodontic treatment times are different for every individual depending on their specific issues and goals. Typically, a patient will have braces or Invisalign for about 6-30 months, then wear a custom-made retainer afterwards to maintain their smile.
How Often Will I See My Orthodontist During Treatment?
You will visit your orthodontist roughly every 6-10 weeks so they can make any necessary changes or adjustments to your treatment. They will also ensure everything is progressing as it should and monitor your overall tooth and gum health.
What is the Average Cost of Orthodontic Treatment?
The cost of orthodontic treatment varies based on the method selected, the amount of time treatment takes, and other various factors. It’s an extremely beneficial investment when it comes to your health and well-being, especially since we offer many different payment and financing options. At your initial consultation, you’ll be able to discuss price expectations and get all of your financial questions answered.
Contact Our Orthodontist in Fort Worth
If you believe you or your child could benefit from an orthodontic treatment, we encourage you to come in for a consultation today. There are countless benefits to having a straighter smile – come and discover them at Rio Dental & Orthodontics!
We specialize in pediatric dentistry and can ensure your little one has the best possible experience from start to finish. To schedule your orthodontic consultation at our fun-filled office, give us a call today!