Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX
Reliable Orthodontic Treatments at Lake Country Dental
Misaligned or overcrowded teeth are more than cosmetic flaws; crooked teeth are hard to keep clean, and smiles with poor oral hygiene are susceptible to cavities and tooth decay. At Lake Country Dental, Dr. Ray Snider provides effective and reliable orthodontic treatments to help patients improve their bite alignment and jaw function.
Our orthodontist in Fort Worth, TX provides compassionate and personalized care to patients in Haltom City, Westworth Village, and Saginaw. Discover if orthodontic appliances are suited to meet your oral health needs by reading our guide below.
Candidacy for Orthodontic Care
Orthodontic treatments can help patients of all ages achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. Our Fort Worth orthodontist may recommend an orthodontic appliance to patients with:
- Overcrowded teeth
- Misaligned teeth or jaws (malocclusion)
- Overbite or underbite
- Crossbite or open bite
- Unevenly spaced teeth
Call our dental office at 817-236-8771 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Snider and begin your journey to straighter teeth. Your comfort and safety are our top priorities, so you can rest assured knowing you’re in good hands at Lake Country Dental.
Our Orthodontic Solutions
Traditional metal braces are a tried and true solution to various orthodontic problems and are suitable for patients young and old. Metal braces rely on wires and brackets to gradually shift your teeth into alignment in about 24 months. Patients visit our Fort Worth dentist every few weeks to tighten their wires and progress their braces treatment.
Self-ligating braces address cosmetic orthodontic flaws. Dr. Snider will affix clear brackets and tooth-colored wires to the fronts of your teeth to straighten your teeth in as few as six months. This affordable orthodontic solution is reserved for unevenly spaced or crooked teeth— severe orthodontic cases may require more intensive treatments.
Herbst Appliance Therapy
Herbst Appliance therapy helps improve jaw functionality by bringing the lower jaw forward and slightly pushing the upper jaw back. This orthodontic treatment is reserved for younger patients between the ages of nine and 14. Patients will wear this appliance for 12 months or by your orthodontist’s recommendation.
If you’re looking for a fast and discreet way to straighten your smile, look no further than Invisalign® clear aligners. This revolutionary orthodontic solution works in half the time as metal braces and is customized to fit naturally in your mouth. Invisalign aligners allow you to eat the foods you want without worrying about damaging your appliance.
Palatal expanders are ideal for children between seven and eight years old who have overcrowded teeth. This appliance takes about nine months to widen the roof of the mouth, making room for crowded teeth and avoiding future orthodontic complications. The duration of treatment may be longer or shorter depending on a patient’s needs.
Following orthodontic treatment, our Fort Worth dentist will provide you with a retainer to ensure your teeth don’t revert to their original positions. It’s important to wear your retainer for at least 20 hours a day or as recommended by your orthodontist. Failure to wear your retainer may result in the re-development of orthodontic problems.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does orthodontics help treat?
Orthodontics typically helps treat misaligned teeth or bites. Orthodontic treatment can help align crooked or overcrowded teeth, close gaps between teeth, help with overbites and underbites, and improve jaw function.
Depending on the state of your oral health, Dr. Snider can offer you a suitable solution for your orthodontic needs.
Is orthodontic treatment painful?
Depending on the type of treatment you receive, you may feel a slight discomfort as your teeth begin to move into alignment.
Throughout your orthodontic treatment, your dentist ensures you feel comfortable and aren’t experiencing any unusual pain. If you are, they’ll make any necessary adjustments to ensure your treatment is comfortable and successful.
How long does orthodontic treatment last?
The length of orthodontic treatment varies for each patient. Some problems take longer to treat than others, and the condition of your teeth, gums, and jaw also plays a vital role in your treatment. On average, orthodontic treatment can last two years, but some might only last six months. For more complex cases, orthodontic treatment can take three years or more. Dr. Snider will provide you with an estimated treatment timeline at your initial consultation.
Does insurance cover orthodontic treatment?
Insurance coverage for orthodontic treatments depends on the type of appliance. Metal braces may be covered by your plan. However, clear aligner treatments like Invisalign may be considered elective procedures. Contact your dental insurance provider to learn more about your plan’s benefits.
Visit our financing page to learn how you can receive help paying out-of-pocket fees with a CareCredit.
Achieve a Healthy, Aligned Smile With Dr. Snider
You deserve a beautiful, healthy smile you’re not hesitant to show off. At Lake Country Dental, we’re proud to offer a variety of orthodontic appliances to meet the needs of all our patients. During your initial appointment, Dr. Snider will help determine your ideal orthodontic solution.
To schedule an appointment at our Fort Worth, TX dental office, give us a call at 817-236-8771. Patients can also book their consultations online by filling out our contact form. We look forward to helping you on the journey to a stunning smile!