Sometimes people have the mistaken impression that braces are only used to realign the teeth of adolescents. The truth is, many adults can benefit from braces, especially if you’ve lost a tooth in the past, or you have an uncorrected orthodontic issue from your youth.
If two or more teeth meet at an unhealthy angle, it can cause chips and dental fractures, as well as problems with enamel attrition. The damaged area of tooth enamel might then cause heightened sensitivity, or foster a new area of tooth decay.
To correct these problems, and improve the appearance of your smile the orthodontists at Lee A. Mahlmann, DDS, MS‘s Richmond, Texas clinic can provide several different styles of braces. The one we recommend for you will be based on the severity of the alignment issue, and your personal preference.
If you have minor alignment issues with your teeth, we might recommend a removable style of clear plastic aligners such as Invisalign®. These custom aligners can gradually adjust your teeth in as little as six to eight weeks. At two week intervals, you switch to a new set of clear plastic aligners that is tuned one step closer to your ideal smile.
Our orthodontists can correct more significant alignment or overcrowding issues, with traditional braces. If you’d like, we can glaze the visible braces hardware on the braces with a dental-grade porcelain material. It that can be shaded to match your tooth enamel, making it harder for the casual observer to even notice you have braces.
If you live in the Richmond, Texas area and you are interested in exploring your braces options, you should call 281-342-6311 to schedule a consultation at Lee A. Mahlmann, DDS, MS’s orthodontic clinic.