Confused About Orthodontics? Here Are Some Answers for You!

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Our orthodontic team wants you to feel as comfortable and as prepared as possible when it comes to orthodontics. In order to do so, we have provided the answers to the following questions to help you learn more about orthodontic treatment and the process involved:

How do I know if I need orthodontic treatment?
There are many signs that mean you need orthodontic treatment. Some of those signs include misaligned teeth, gaps between the teeth, and an improper bite (you can generally tell if your bite is improper if your teeth do not fit perfectly together when you bite down). If these issues are not treated, other dental issues could develop, like tooth decay and gum disease. So, if you have one or more of these signs, we encourage you to call our office today and schedule an appointment with our friendly orthodontist.

How many different types of braces are available?
Because of the advanced technology in the dental world today, there are many orthodontic appliances available. These treatments include traditional braces, ceramic braces, lingual braces, and clear aligners. If you are interested in a cheap and successful option, traditional braces are the way to go. If you’re interested in a natural-looking and successful option, ceramic braces, lingual braces, and clear aligners, like Invisalign® or ClearCorrect®, are the best options for you.

Can you be too old for orthodontic treatment?
No, you cannot be too old for orthodontic treatment. The only factors that do not allow the treatment are weak and fragile jaw bones and gums. However, if you have strong bones and gums, nothing can stop you from achieving your dream smile—not even your age!

At what age should a child first visit the orthodontic office?
You can bring your child into our office by the time they are 7 years old. Bringing them in at an early age can help you plan for their orthodontic treatment in the future, if they even need it. Also, if necessary, your orthodontist can offer early treatment to help your child grow into their perfect smile as they get older.

Will orthodontic treatment hurt?
Orthodontic treatment does not generally cause pain, but it does, however, cause some soreness. As your teeth move, your teeth and underlying bones become sore and tender. This is a good sign, meaning that your teeth are moving into their proper positions. Your orthodontic appliance may also irritate your lips, tongue, and cheeks a bit, but it’s nothing that can’t be solved with orthodontic wax.

Now, we know that you are more than likely to have additional questions about orthodontics. So, if that’s the case, please feel free to call our office and ask a member of our caring team. We are here for you, and we are more than happy to help you in any way we can!