What is an Orthodontist?
Orthodontic problems require specialized care. Patients who have dental and facial irregularities should see an orthodontist. An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has completed at least two additional years of graduate training in orthodontics at an accredited program after graduation from dental school. An orthodontist’s specific qualifications in the design, application and control of corrective appliances will bring teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment for optimal facial balance.
What age should my child be seen?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends your child be evaluated by an orthodontist by age seven. Early detection of some orthodontic problems is important in order to take early corrective action and avoid more difficult treatment later.
Can you be too old for braces?
No. Age is not a factor, but the health of your gums and the bone which supports your teeth can be a factor. About 20% of our orthodontic patients are adults and that number is growing.
Do braces hurt?
Orthodontic treatment has improved dramatically over the years. As a rule, braces make your teeth sore for a few days, but it is not painful. This annoyance can be relieved with an over-the-counter pain reliever provided you are not allergic to them and there are no medical contraindications. Today’s braces are smaller, more comfortable and utilize technology which reduces discomfort. We use both the latest in self-ligating braces and the highest quality of orthodontic materials in order to reduce discomfort and treatment time.
How do I schedule my next appointment?
Simply call our practice! Our front desk staff will be happy to help schedule your next appointment at your convenience. If you are a new patient or have been referred to our practice, please let us know and we will provide you with all of the information you need.
Is orthodontic care expensive?
Considering the time spent, orthodontics is regarded as dentistry’s best value. Orthodontic fees have not increased as fast as many other consumer products. Financing is usually available and our office offers many payment programs that will meet your needs. In addition, many insurance plans now include orthodontics. When orthodontic treatment is implemented at the proper time, treatment is often less costly than the dental care required to treat the more serious problems that can develop years later.
What causes orthodontic problems?
In most cases, malocclusions are genetic, meaning you inherit them from your parents. Crowded teeth, spacing issues, extra teeth, jaw growth and formation problems, and other common crooked teeth issues are all determined mostly by your genes.
Sometimes, behaviors and diseases can cause orthodontic issues, too. Thumb sucking is an example of a bad habit that can cause malocclusions, and certain dental diseases can create problems that are addressed by orthodontia. You may also have alignment or jaw issues from accidents, injuries, and other trauma to your mouth or jaw.
Am I a good fit for orthodontic treatment?
An experienced orthodontist can do a lot more than you might expect! Still, every case is different, and without a personal consultation, you won’t know your options.
Schedule a consultation with a local orthodontist to get personalized recommendations about orthodontic treatment.
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