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

We love sharing in our patient’s aspirations, inside the practice and out. Be it by providing straighter, better-aligned teeth for a life event such as graduation or wedding or any achievements such as a school 5k, food drives or dance recitals. We here to support you!

We love to encourage you in your aspirations through our relationship with you. We count it an honor to support you in your upcoming plans and dreams while treating you comfortably, whether with early treatment for children, adult treatment, alignment of teeth to coordinate with your upcoming implants, traditional braces, ceramic braces, Invisalign, or Clear Correct. We would love to help guide you to your best treatment option!

Invisalign

Looking for a confident, perfect smile without the metal look of traditional braces, or without the need to change your eating habits? You will love Invisalign to straighten your teeth. A leading practice in Invisalign care in Fort Worth, Texas, Ahava Orthodontics will take care of you every step of the way. Dr. James Barron is an experienced, board-certified Fort Worth orthodontist who is trained and certified by Align Technology to provide Invisalign treatment. Dr. Barron and his team provide a loving and caring atmosphere for patients from Fort Worth, as well as the surrounding communities of Azle, Aledo, Benbrook, Burleson, Crowley, and beyond.

Invisalign FAQ

What is Invisalign?
The Invisalign System in Fort Worth combines state of the art 3-D graphics technology with time-tested orthodontic science. It uses a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners, which are virtually undetectable to move your teeth. This means hardly anyone will know that you’re straightening your teeth. The Invisalign aligners are designed to move your teeth in small steps to the optimal position prescribed by Dr. Barron.
How does Invisalign work?
Dr. Barron uses Invisalign to straighten your teeth without wires and brackets. Instead, Invisalign uses advanced computer technology to create a sequence of finely calibrated, customized aligners – as few as 12 or as many as 48. These clear plastic aligners are molded to fit your mouth at each stage of the treatment plan. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks and taken out only when you eat, brush, and floss. You’ll return to Ahava Orthodontics usually every 8-10 weeks for treatment. As you replace each aligner with the next, your teeth gradually move until they’ve reached their ideal position – then you’ll be smiling like you never have before!
Why use Invisalign?
Invisalign can correct a range of dental challenges, including gaps in teeth, crooked teeth, and other malocclusions. Because the aligners are removable, you can eat and drink everything you normally would. Cleaning your teeth is as easy as it has always been. Finally, the clear aligners are smooth and comfortable.
How do I get started with Invisalign?
The first step is to contact your Fort Worth orthodontist, Dr. Barron, a preferred provider of Invisalign, for your free consultation. You’ll learn more about the Invisalign process and see if it is right for your particular situation. Once you choose Invisalign, Dr. Barron will formulate a precise treatment plan, which can last from 6 to 15 months, and set up regular visits. Call (817) 926-9777 today for your appointment. We look forward to creating your perfect, beautiful smile!

Braces

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.

Braces FAQ

Traditional Metal 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: – Brush 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. – 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! 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.

Fun Facts About Braces

CHILDREN SHOULD SEE AN ORTHODONTIST BY THE AGE OF SEVEN

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.

SEVERAL MILLION PEOPLE IN THE U.S. ARE WEARING BRACES RIGHT NOW

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, approximately four million people are currently wearing braces or another form of orthodontic appliance. While patients wearing braces often feel like they’re all alone when going through this process, it’s certainly not the truth according to this statistic.

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 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 ACTUALLY DATES 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 ORIGINALLY 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 can 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 cause the TSA to come and arrest you. And no, wearing braces absolutely will not cause you to become prey for giant magnets that are just waiting to whisk you away.

Early Treatment

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child’s first visit to the orthodontist be by the age of seven. By this age, a child’s first permanent molars will probably be erupted. This timing is an appropriate opportunity to identify any potential bite or growth problems that could negatively impact your child’s dental and skeletal development. By conducting an early assessment, it is possible to evaluate the alignment and eruption situation of the teeth within the available space of the jaw, as well as to assess growth patterns. Beginning treatment at an earlier period supports easier skeletal and dental adjustments, often will avert the future need for surgery, possibly lower overall expenses, and can allow for orthodontic treatments to be successfully accomplished by earlier ages.

Early Treatment FAQ

Benefits of Early Treatment

We see that challenges are opportunities for helping young kids to gain the confidence that they can accomplish treatment and be successful! We love to focus on the abilities of all our patients, assuring them that what some see as disabilities, we see as opportunities to make a huge impact on the world through them and their accomplishments. Many kids wake up each day challenged with disabilities, and we want to celebrate them and all they dream about, do, and accomplish, starting with an inspirational smile!

Some of the many benefits of early treatment include:

  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Preserving space for teeth that have not yet erupted
  • Reducing the need for possible tooth extraction
  • Lowering the chance of trauma to the front teeth
  • Alleviating the need for future surgery
  • Improvement in breathing
  • Stopping thumb/finger sucking habits before malocclusions can develop
  • Tongue thrust therapy
  • Reinforcing good oral hygiene habits from an early age
  • Providing improved self-esteem through an awesome smile!

Early treatment can be used to address many different oral problems in a child, including the following:

  • Tooth crowding or spacing issues
  • Crossbites
  • Underbites
  • Protrusive bites
  • Facial asymmetry problems
  • Tooth eruption challenges or abnormalities
  • Jaw growth abnormalities
  • Detrimental habits such as thumb or finger sucking, tongue thrust, and mouth breathing

What’s the difference between early and adult treatment?

While orthodontics will always be similar no matter who the patient is, there are still a few differences between orthodontic treatment that’s performed on an adult as compared to a teenager or child. These include:

Adults and Younger Patients

The main difference between adults and younger patients is that the jawbones of children and teenagers are still growing. Orthodontic appliances can’t change the jaw structure of an adult, however, since the jawbones have stopped growing, orthognathic surgery can be used to align the jawbones.

Periodontal Disease

Adults are more likely to suffer from periodontal disease. If gum tissues aren’t healthy, bone loss can occur during orthodontic treatment. It’s important to get gum disease under control before treatment has started.

Worn Down Teeth

Adults are also more likely to have teeth that are worn down, missing, or drifting into unfavorable positions. If this is the case for you, Dr. Barron will develop a treatment option that takes this into account.

Contact your Fort Worth, Texas Orthodontist Today!