Braces
Treatment

We purposely tailor your treatment to your specific needs and aspirations.

Braces are a very popular choice for orthodontic treatment! For most patients, braces offer a good treatment option for phase 1 treatment and phase 2 treatment. The two primary options for braces are traditional metal braces and ceramic braces.

Phase 1 Treatment 

Phase 1 Treatment typically begins when your child turns 7 years old. This focuses on preventing more invasive treatments later on. Working on fixing jaw alignment, crooked teeth, and correcting bad habits like thumb sucking early on can make a positive impact on your child’s dental/oral health and their overall facial appearance.

Phase 2 Treatment 

This phase is less invasive and costly if your child has received phase 1 treatment to prevent more severe issues. If they have not, Dr. Barned will work to create a treatment plan to correct issues such as overbites, underbites, crowding, gapping, overlapping, and crooked teeth.

Traditional Braces 

At Ahava Orthodontics, we will be honored to provide your orthodontic care with traditional metal braces in our Fort Worth, Texas office. Traditional metal braces have stood the test of time to provide effective and efficient treatment, and have been improved over the years to give enhanced ability to detail out your occlusion and alignment. They are smaller, more efficiently designed than in the past, and use wires with light forces to move the teeth more comfortably.

Ceramic Braces

When it comes to orthodontic treatments and braces in Fort Worth, TX, Ahava Orthodontics has got you covered. We offer a selection of high-quality treatments with the aim of giving you a beautiful smile for life. One of these treatments is ceramic braces.

Ceramic braces provide one noticeable (or unnoticeable) difference in achieving your best smile! These braces are either translucent or tooth-colored, meaning that it will be less apparent to others that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. If one of your goals is to be discreet about your treatment, then these ceramic brackets are the most esthetic approach.

Caring For Your Braces

Maintaining a high level of oral hygiene is the best approach reaching your optimal goal when you are wearing braces.

We recommend brushing after each meal. Use a soft toothbrush with a thin strip of ADA-approved toothpaste. Brush teeth and braces alike, using circular motions with your toothbrush on the outside surfaces of the teeth, positioning your brush at a 45-degree angle. Next, brush the chewing surfaces of the teeth, then the inside surfaces.

If you want to maintain proper oral hygiene, you’ll also have to floss. Flossing can be a bit trickier when you’re wearing braces so if you’re finding it inconvenient, we recommend using a dental tool like a floss threader or a proxabrush to help get any food out from between your teeth.

Use a floss threader to thread floss in between the teeth to clean those surfaces. An “interdental” brush can also be used to clean in between teeth and under wires. Rinse thoroughly with water.

If you cannot brush after eating, then rinse vigorously with water to remove any left-over food. After you’ve finished, your teeth will be all clean!

Fun Facts About Braces!

Here are some of our favorite little known facts about braces!

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Children Should See the Orthodontist at Age 7

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child should see an orthodontist for the first time by the age of seven. This is because this is usually when the adult molars erupt and the back bite is established. This allows an orthodontist to examine the front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships of a child.

Braces are for People of All Ages

Many people may assume that braces are something that only kids wear. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Braces are meant for patients of all ages; one in five people who are wearing braces are actually adults. Nowadays, more people realize the benefits of undergoing orthodontic treatment and no longer view it as something that’s only done for children.

Millions of People are Wearing Braces Right Now

Many people may assume that braces are something that only kids wear. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Braces are meant for patients of all ages; one in five people who are wearing braces are actually adults. Nowadays, more people realize the benefits of undergoing orthodontic treatment and no longer view it as something that’s only done for children.

Even Famous People Wear Braces

Have you ever thought about how coincidental it is that so many celebrities have beautiful smiles? It’s no coincidence – even celebrities need to undergo orthodontic treatment and wear braces to achieve the perfect smile. Many famous people have worn braces to enhance their smiles, including Tom Cruise, Emma Watson, and Faith Hill.

Braces Have Been Around for Over 300 Years

In 1728, Pierre Fauchard, known as the Father of Dentistry, designed the first official braces. His braces consisted of flat metal material that was connected with a thin thread. Over the years, braces have become more advanced and have evolved into what you’re familiar with today.

Straightening Teeth Can be Traced Back to Ancient Egypt

While braces weren’t designed until the 18th century, the attempt to straighten teeth can be traced back to Ancient Egypt. Many mummies from thousands of years ago have been found with cords made from animal sinew wrapped around their teeth. Archaeologists believe that much like modern braces, these cords were used as an attempt to straighten crooked teeth.

NASA Created the Wires Used in Braces

Some of the wiring used in braces contains nickel titanium – an alloy which NASA originally developed for use in their space program. These thin, elastic, and flexible wires are activated by body heat and are able to maintain their shape after being attached to teeth.

All Orthodontists are Dentists

While all orthodontists are dentists, only six percent of dentists are also orthodontists. The difference is that an orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention of tooth irregularities and improper bites. After finishing dental school, an aspiring orthodontist must then go on to complete an additional two to three years of education from an accredited orthodontic residency program.

Retainers are Just as Important as Braces

Braces may be used to straighten one’s teeth, but the retainers are used to hold the teeth in their new alignment and ensure that this result is permanent. The success of a patient’s orthodontic treatment depends on proper usage of a retainer afterward. In fact, about 25 percent of all patients who wear braces have to undergo orthodontic treatment again because they didn’t use their retainer as instructed.

The Scary Downsides you Hear about Braces Aren't True

When you hear people talk about braces, you often hear some funny rumors from people. However amusing or frightening these rumors may be, they certainly aren’t true. No, wearing braces won’t cause lightning to start striking you. No, wearing braces won’t set off all the metal detectors at the airport. And no, wearing braces absolutely will not cause you to become prey for giant magnets that are just waiting to whisk you away.

Braces FAQ

How much do braces cost?

The price on braces vary due to the differing levels of severity of each case. Braces can be more affordable than other orthodontic treatments such as Invisalign. Receiving early treatment through Ahava Orthodontics can mitigate the amount of time and money you have to spend on your braces treatment.

Do braces hurt?

There can be sensitivity and tenderness in the mouth, but you should never feel pain. Taking Advil or Tylenol should be enough to relieve any uncomfort you have after getting your braces on or getting them tightened. 

Am I too old for braces?

You are never too old to improve your smile! We treat patients of all ages. If you are concerned about having traditional braces at a later age, check out our page on our Invisalign treatment options.

What happens when I get my braces off?

Once your treatment is finished and your teeth and jaw are aligned properly, we will start by gently taking the wires and brackets off of your teeth. We will then shape and polish your teeth so they are ready to show off! Last, we will fit you for your retainer which will be ready for you to pick up shortly after your last appointment. Dr. Barnes will go over when to wear your retainer and how to clean it!

Contact your Fort Worth, Texas Orthodontist Today!