Do you have questions about orthodontics, braces, and orthodontic treatment? If so, we are thrilled to help you! We are happy to provide the answers to the following questions to help you understand more about the world of orthodontics:
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?
There are four different types of braces available today. Those options include traditional braces, ceramic braces, lingual braces, and clear aligners, like Invisalign® and ClearCorrect®. Traditional braces are generally the cheapest option and they involve metal brackets and wires that are glued to the front surfaces of your teeth. Ceramic braces involve tooth-colored brackets and wires that are glued to the front surfaces of your teeth. Lingual braces involve metal brackets and wires that are glued to the back of your teeth. Clear aligners are clear, plastic, smooth mouth guard-like appliances that fit over your teeth and are virtually invisible.
Can you be too old for orthodontic treatment?
No, you can never be too old for orthodontic treatment. Whether you are 10 years old or 42 years old, we encourage you to call our office today and finally take that first step to achieve your dream smile. The only factors that stand in the way of orthodontic treatment are weak and fragile gums and jaw bones.
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 into our office at this age will help you know if they will need orthodontic treatment in the future. It will also help your child start the orthodontic process early if necessary.
Will orthodontic treatment hurt?
No, orthodontic treatment will not hurt or cause you pain. The only discomfort you might feel is tenderness and soreness. This is a normal result of your teeth shifting and moving. You might also experience some irritation from your appliance. If this is the case, you can cover the section of the appliance that is bothering you with orthodontic wax.
Call our office today if you have any other questions. We are happy to help you in any way we can!