What Is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialty practice of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of irregularities in the alignment and occlusion of the teeth and jaws.
What Does an Orthodontist Do?
An orthodontist is a specialist who has received at least two years of additional training to monitor growth,development and orthopedic changes, correct the alignment of teeth, improve the function of smiles, as well as correct the misalignment of jaws through surgical treatment.
What Are the Benefits of Orthodontics?
Orthodontics offers numerous benefits. Those benefits can range from making minor aesthetic changes to improving a patient’s emotional and physical health. In the past, braces were usually considered for use only by children and teenagers. Today, that has changed. As a result, more adults are now deciding to improve the look and function of their smiles with braces.
Among the advantages of orthodontics include:
- Increased self-confidence
- More attractive smile
- Reduced consciousness regarding one’s appearance
- Improved dental function
- Ability to guide permanent teeth into more functional positions
The reasons for seeking orthodontic treatment could include:
- Spacing or gaps between teeth
- Overlapping, misaligned, or crowded teeth
- Protrusion of lower or upper teeth
- Poor jaw alignment
- Excess overbite or underbite
- Excessive tooth breakage or wear
- Difficulty in chewing or eating certain foods
- Difficulty in brushing or flossing
- Premature loss of teeth
- Presence of large teeth within a small jaw space
What Are Some Indicators for Orthodontic Treatment
Below are some of the more common signs that might indicate the need for orthodontic treatment:
- Difficulty chewing
- Thumb sucking or finger sucking habit that lasts beyond age 7
- Upper front teeth cover most of the lower teeth
- Upper front teeth protrude too much over the lower teeth
- Upper front teeth are located inside or behind the lower front teeth
- When biting, the upper and lower front teeth do not meet
- Overlapped or crowded teeth
- Spaces or gaps between the teeth
- The lower jaw shifts to one side or the other
What Steps Does Your Office Take to Make Sure Each Patient Has a Pleasant Experience?
Our office is committed to providing each patient with the most pleasant experience possible while receiving treatment. There is relatively little discomfort associated with orthodontic treatment. Our experienced doctor and team will help to guide patients with tips to ensure their treatment is as easy and pain-free as possible.
What Types of Orthodontic Treatment Does Your Office Offer?
We are pleased to provide a variety of orthodontic treatment options. Available treatments include Invisalign®, Invisalign Teen®, traditional metal braces, and ceramic braces. It is important to note that certain types of treatments might be more appropriate than others based on your specific situation.
What Is the Best Age to See an Orthodontist?
Any age can be a good time to visit an orthodontist when you wish to improve the look of your smile. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, children should first see an orthodontist by the age of seven. It should be understood that orthodontic treatment is not just for children and teens.
How Long Will I Need to Wear Braces?
The duration of treatment involving braces will vary based on a number of factors. Each patient is different and all patients respond differently to various forms of treatment. As a general rule, treatment may last anywhere from six months to 30 months. Only a thorough examination with your orthodontist will help determine the appropriate treatment and length of time involved.
Does It Hurt to Wear Braces?
Braces on their own are not painful. Some patients experience slight discomfort for a few days after getting braces. This period of adjustment is typically temporary.
Will It Be Necessary to Brush My Teeth More Frequently Once I Have Braces?
It is important to brush your teeth at least three times daily while wearing braces. Regular brushing will help to remove any food that might get caught between your braces. It’s also important to floss each day in order to reach areas where your toothbrush might not be able to reach. Once you have your braces in place, our team can show you the proper way to brush and floss.
Will I Still Need Dental Checkups Twice a Year If I Get Braces?
It will be even more important for patients undergoing orthodontic treatment to visit their dentist on a regular basis. When you are wearing braces, food can easily become caught in areas where you are not able to reach with your toothbrush. This can also make it much easier for bacteria to build up between your teeth, leading to cavities and other dental health problems. Visiting your dentist on a regular basis can help to ensure your teeth remain healthy and clean while you are undergoing orthodontic treatment.
Will Wearing Braces Interfere with Daily Activities?
Many children, teens, and adults are often worried that wearing braces will interfere with their daily activities. If you play an instrument or you are involved in any type of contact sport, there may be a period of adjustment after you first get your braces. Even so, wearing braces should not prevent you from participating in activities you enjoy. It is recommended that you use a mouthguard while playing contact sports to protect your braces.
What Is the Best Way to Care for My Teeth While Wearing Braces?
You should always brush your teeth after every meal. Additionally, it’s important to floss at least once a day. Use a fluoride toothpaste. Be sure to ask our office if you should use a fluoride rinse, as well. Doing so can help to prevent cavities.
If you use a retainer, it’s important to keep it safe in the correct container when you are not wearing it to keep it from getting broken or lost. The best way to keep your retainer clean is to brush it gently using a toothbrush and regular toothpaste. You should never place your retainer in the dishwasher or boiling water.
It’s important to avoid foods with a higher sugar content. Consuming sugary foods can make it easier for bacteria to buildup in your mouth, which can lead to the development of plaque and potentially cavities.
You should also avoid chewy and sticky foods, such as caramel and gum, as well as hard foods, like ice and hard candies. These types of foods can easily become stuck in your braces.
Always make sure you schedule regular appointments with our office.