Braces & Invisalign Orthodontics in Abilene, TX
Orthodontistry is the art of using special appliances to straighten and align the teeth and bite.
Braces are the most common orthodontic treatment. In this method, arch wires are threaded through brackets that are bonded to the surface of the teeth. The arch wires act as a track, and guide each tooth to its proper position. There are several types of orthodontic braces available, including the more traditional metal braces, ceramic “tooth colored” braces, as well as clear plastic braces. Invisalign® is another popular option for teeth alignment.
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Invisalign® Clear Orthodontics
Invisalign® is an attractive alternative to traditional metal braces. It is a series of clear, custom-fit removable mouth trays that apply a controlled amount of force to your teeth to slowly straighten them.
The system provides the same beautiful results as traditional braces, but they are virtually invisible. Because Invisalign® trays are removable, they can be taken out while eating, drinking, brushing and flossing.
The Invisalign® system begins in the dentist or orthodontist’s office with taking molds to design a your trays. Patients switch trays every two weeks to gradually shift the teeth. The system requires a visit to the office every six weeks so that treatment can be monitored. Once treatment is complete, a patient will likely be given a retainer to maintain the smile.
The cost of Invisalign® varies according to the complexity of the case. Insurance policies generally cover Invisalign® to the same extent that they cover traditional braces.